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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 September 9, 2017 at 4:53

Today’s Davis is one that almost had a new home … but not by choice!

It is one that I love giving plenty of EDC time. It’s a good looker, holds a super edge, and is sized right for most of the cutting tasks that I encounter. Anyway, last fall I took my wife’s winter tires in to have them replaced with new ones. Instead of rolling them into the tire dealer’s bay, I just carried them two at a time. I am sure they would have done it for me … but me being me ….! I was carrying this knife that day. After stacking the tires in the bay, I went to the office to wait for the new tires to be mounted. After a few minutes, the office gal (hope I am not being sexist here) came over to me and asked me “Did you lose this?” She was holding my Davis! When lifting the tires from my side to stack, the one in my right hand must have snagged the clip and out onto the floor it dropped! My eyes bugged out, as I had no idea it was missing from my pocket. I couldn’t stop thanking her. So, I then reached into another pocket and presented her with a CRKT Drifter. I buy a lot of Drifters for gifting to people when they do something that pleases me or catch my attention (in a good way). It’s a great, and very capable gift knife that is very underrated as far as I am concerned. What I didn’t do, however, was let her know the price difference between the Drifter I gifted her and my Davis that she found littering the tire changing bay.  Had I done that, I am sure it would have been "her" eyes that started bugging out!

But anyway, I guess I have “drifted” far from taking about today’s knife. Bought this Davis in 2013. Aside from a few scratches (wonder where they came from!!!), it’s got beautifully figured buckeye burl scales and a 3.357” Alabama Damascus clip point blade. Alan gave the blade spine some rope filing that really looks good.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on September 3, 2017 at 5:02

Another story about this one ... well, at least something funny Jan.  When the package from Alan arrived in the mail, my FIRST thought was ... "oh no, was I sleep knife shopping again?!!!!"  Then, I opened it up and saw Alan's note that my friend had purchased it for me.  She hasn't admitted it ... but I presume she started to feel guilty about all the knives I've given her.  I keep telling her that gifting gives me just as much pleasure as getting.  Only, in this case, the getting was pretty sweet!

Comment by Jan Carter on September 2, 2017 at 18:44

Not only is this exceptionally beautiful Dennis but the backstory makes it a priceless gift!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on September 2, 2017 at 4:27

Here is one of two Davis fixed blades I have and one that I hold near and dear to my heart, as it was a gift from a friend of mine.  It is a small hunter with desert ironwood scales and a 3.2125” 1084 blade with an antiqued finish.

Alan is a member of the Texas Knifemaker’s Guild.  In June of this year, the Guild partnered with the Tarleton State University mechanics department to host a continuing education knifemaking workshop.  A total of 42 knives were made during the 2 and a half day workshop by the 10 guild members, 24 Ag teachers and 8 TSU students and employees.  This is the knife that Alan made during the workshop.

Comment by Rick Propas on August 29, 2017 at 12:42

Love the damascus backspacer.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on August 26, 2017 at 4:39

Let’s shift from wood back to some Mammoth ivory this week.  Here’s another small folder Alan made in 2014.  The heavily crackled and crusted bark scales really stand out.  Blade is from some of Del Ealy’s lion pattern Damascus and measures in 2.625”. Alan added a Damascus back space to this one for some contrast between the liners.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 24, 2017 at 18:42

WOW!  The baby snake is very unique!  The size would make it a good user for me also and anything Alabama Damascus Steel works well for me also LOL 

Comment by Dennis Hibar on August 19, 2017 at 4:27

This is probably my second most frequently used Davis. I have two that I always use around the house. The most used is my small jigged bone liner lock that Alan made in 2010. This one takes second place in the most used category. And … it is a joy to use. It is another mini-liner lock. Alan made this one in 2013. It has a 2.5” Alabama Damascus blade and Madrone burl scales. I call it my baby snake. Why? Scroll down through the pics!

And, here is why I call it my baby snake!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on August 12, 2017 at 4:53

This is the last of the 4 of Alan’s frame locks I have in the collection that I’ve yet to post.  I’m really a liner lock guy, so don’t really know why I have 4 frame locks … other than the fact that I somehow like each of them!  With this one, I just love the hand carved titanium frame and clip.  The blade is Elmax and measures in at 3.3125”.  Fit and finish is on par with all of Alan’s knives, which is to say … outstanding.  The one thing I DO like about his frame locks is that they are thin enough to make for a great back pocket knife.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on August 5, 2017 at 4:40

It is not bad to feel a little blue when I am toting this blue Mammoth Ivory Davis around!!  Alan was really surprised by these scales.  They didn’t look nearly as vibrant before he went to work shaping and polishing them up. The beautiful colors seemed to come to life as me removed a little of the top layer of the Mammoth while shaping them to the liners.  Alan used a Del Ealy lion pattern Damascus for the 3 inch spear point blade and some of Del’s cheetah pattern Damascus for the bolsters.  The back spacer on this one is pretty neat as well.  At first glance, it looks like he used a blue anodized, textured spacer between two gold anodized strips.  In reality, it is just one piece that Alan double anodized and then textured the center portion.  Alan is always trying different things with his back spacers … this one is exceptionally nice.

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