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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 July 29, 2017 at 4:43

Here’s a desk knife I got from Alan back in 2013.  This one sees daily use for cutting tasks that extend far beyond opening the mail!  The blade is made from 52100 and is 3.25” long.  Alan dressed the spine with some nice file work.  Scales are polished bone with ruby red G10 spacers.  My daughter used to call it a glorified letter opener.  Hmmmm … I beg to differ, since I can open mail with it in the evening and shave with it in the morning!!!!  Okay, I wouldn’t …… but I could .... just sayin'!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 22, 2017 at 4:36

Here’s another Davis that is a little bit on the large size for my needs, but keep it in the collection because I like the wood!  For this one, Alan used some nicely figured, dyed fiddleback maple.  The random pattern Damascus blade (1095 & 15n20) is a hair under 3.5 inches and has a nicely convexed edge.  Alan made a deep carry clip for this one, so it fits great in the pocket.

Comment by D ale on July 17, 2017 at 8:32

Nice looking knife , Dennis.
Yes .. the giraffe bone is nice .. kind of a grain to it I'm not used to seeing in dyed bone.

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Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 17, 2017 at 4:57

As do I Jan!  Hard for me to pass up a nice giraffe bone.  

Comment by Jan Carter on July 15, 2017 at 19:29

Oh how I love a good giraffe bone handle!  The take a dye in such an amazing pattern.  They easily rival mammoth in my eyes.  I like that he let the bone carry the look of the knife.  A nice subtle pattern in the Damascus.  As for the craftsmanship, I have yet to see one that I would not love!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 15, 2017 at 4:35

Here’s a nice giraffe bone folder that I bought … well, for the giraffe bone!  Just thought it looked neat!  While I much prefer it when Alan uses carbon Damascus, he outfitted this one with a stainless Damascus from Rob Thomas (in his basket weave pattern).  Blade length is 3.1875”, making it a nice size for pocket carry and use.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 8, 2017 at 4:22

Let’s go back to showcasing some wood.  Here is one of my Davis knives with box elder burl scales.  This box elder has not been dyed, but does have some light green streaks in the wood ... as well as a nice bird’s eye figuring.  Bolsters are M3 composite, back spacer and liners have been double anodized (which Alan does wonderfully), and the blade is 3” in an iguana Damascus pattern by Chad Nichols.

Comment by Rick Propas on July 3, 2017 at 8:59

Dennis, I actually enjoy sharpening. I do not at all mind when a knife comes to me needing a touch up or even more. What I hate is when a maker's edge is unfinished. That drives me nuts and it is NEVER the case with Alan's knives.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 3, 2017 at 4:32

I remember that one when it originally went up for sale Rick.  The person you got if from was the original owner, so if anyone buggered the edge  .... 'twas him!  Regardless, fixing an edge is easy and besides, that one has some nice colors in the anodizing!!!

Yes Jan, Alan puts a lot of thought into every knife he makes.  Sometimes ... he makes changes to what he was going to do after he's already well into a knife's construction!!!

Comment by Rick Propas on July 2, 2017 at 20:29

While I'm here I'll post my most recent of Alan's knives, from 2013, I believe, hammered and flamed frame lock with a blade of 52100 steel, a thumbhole and some nice filework. The previous owner claimed that it was unused, it was not, and someone had buggered up the edge, but I was able to restore the original profile, and dayummm, that thing is sharp, hairsplitting sharp

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