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Thought I would start a blog here to showcase the work of my favorite knifemaker.   I stumbled across Alan Davis, a knifemaker from Boerne, Texas, in late 2012.  I was blown away by his knife designs.  Even more astounding was the fact that they were virtually all one of a kind creations.  Alan didn't just make one or two patterns and then just outfit them with different materials.  Each and every one was pretty much different.  While he did have a few designs that people seemed to like and ask for, even those were made a little differently to make them unique.  Alan works with all types of handle and blade material ... but does prefer Damascus blades.  I currently own 53 of his knives (mainly his linerlock folders, do have a few frame locks and fixed blades) and jokingly told Alan that I would love to have 100 of his knives before I die.  Not sure that will happen (while I rarely sell any of his knives, I have been known to give a few away to close friends, so that they understand why I keep praising Alan's work!).  He is the only maker who I would have no problem asking to make a knife for me and leaving everything (material/design) up to him ... and be confident that I would be thrilled with the results!  I have done this twice .... and thrilled both times!  

To start things off, here is one of my favorites that I picked up in 2014  (though I have so many I love, that picking favorites is a very difficult task!).  It is a beautiful linerlock folder with amber Sambar stag scales and M3 composite bolsters.  The blade measures 3.375" and is made from Damascus by Zoe Crist (in his Blackhawk pattern).  Pocket clip is also Zoe's Damascus.  Backspacer and liners are nuggetized and anodized a sort of plum color.  All in all, a beautiful knife that feels super nice in the hand and is not too large or heavy to carry around clipped to your pocket all day.  Hope you like it.




Stay tuned .... for those wood lovers (and I am a huge wood lover!), got a bunch of  Alan's knives outfitted with some outrageously gorgeous woods!!!!

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Comment by Dennis Hibar on Saturday

Let’s do some Mammoth bark again.  Here’s a great Davis gent's folder.  I bought it because I loved the blade.  Well, that ... and I really liked the coloring of the Mammoth bark.  And, truth be told, I also liked the matching Mokume bolsters and thumb stud.  Okay … fact of the matter is, I love everything about the knife!!   The green/dark caramel colored crackle Mammoth bark ivory scales have a very nice pattern and color.  The bolsters and hand carved thumb stud are some of  Mike Sakmar Mokume.  The blade is nicely sized at 2.875" and is some of Del Ealy's Damascus in his Dragon pattern.  Alan added double anodized, textured Ti back spacer and liners for some added eye appeal.  Hope you enjoy.

Comment by Rick Propas on April 15, 2017 at 22:09

Everyone needs a few that are over the top!!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 15, 2017 at 4:24

How about a really eye-popping Davis flipper? The scales are a nicely figured curly Koa, bolsters are s-shaped M3 composite, blade is 3.3125" of iguana pattern Damascus by Chad Nichols, and it has fantastically anodized liners and clip and a carbon fiber back spacer.  I bought this one in 2014 and was really on the fence about it.  I mean the colors are so loud that they scream!  However, after receiving the knife, I really started to appreciate it. Even though it is a little larger than I like, it really feels great in hand … and it is a super slicer!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 9, 2017 at 20:03

Rick,

The "basic" is a splendid looking knife.  It is one I would feel just fine about putting in my pocket.

Comment by Rick Propas on April 8, 2017 at 13:11

That is stunning. No other word.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 8, 2017 at 4:40

One of the nice things about box elder is that the grain and coloring can differ so much from piece to piece. Throw in some dye … and well, the appearance combinations seem limitless!  Here is an example of some dark dyed box elder with special bolsters.  Alan made this one in September of 2016, but I missed it because I was out doing yard work when it listed.  Fortunately, a month or so later, I was able to pry the knife from the collector who snagged it! (I love haggling with other collectors, whether it be to buy one of theirs or sell one of mine!  You become great friends with people that way!) Anyway, this one has dark, richly colored box elder, a 2.875” Alabama Damascus blade, and blue shred carbon fiber bolsters separated from the scales with some blue G10.  The blue shred is really fascinating, in that you only see the blue under some direct lighting and the color seems to shimmer as you rotate the knife.  Really neat.  

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 8, 2017 at 4:36

Jan,  Sent you a message.  Actually it was Rick who reposted the last few that were lost by his host.  Ref the Davis, yes it took him forever to get the colors right on that frame lock.  He told me that he even had to stop, sand out some spots that did't come out like he wanted, and start the process all over again!  As you know, when you do heat anodizing like this, you don't know the exact color that will be reflected until you remove the heat and it cools a little!  His "gambling" paid off big time!  Anyway, time for my Saturday post!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 7, 2017 at 19:19

Dennis, I apologize.  Seems my editing to replace the pics did not take.  Thank you for working so hard to repost!

I have been looking at the rainbow anodized, truth be told I have looked at it several times.  I know you intended it for your daughter but goodness I can certainly understand why it grew on you.  Also I wonder if he will ever do another one?  The time involved had to be extensive and well worth the look 

Comment by Rick Propas on April 7, 2017 at 16:42

Look forward to seeing tomorrow's post. Next week I will have coming an abalone scale knife that I fished out of the 'Bay for a song. It was there for a while and I made the seller a ridiculous offer which, in essence, he accepted. Love it!!

Comment by Rick Propas on April 7, 2017 at 16:09

Unfortunately I lost my first post on the famous pinecone flipper, but I will repost the images since that is what it really is about. The images are from Dennis.

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