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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 69 of his knives (mainly his linerlock folders, do have a few frame locks, slip joints and fixed blades) and jokingly told Alan that I would love to have owned 100 of his knives before I die.  Not sure that will happen (while I sell many of his knives, I have been known to give a some away to close friends, so that they understand why I keep praising Alan's work!) ... but, am working my way there.  As of my latest addition, have owned 94 of them.  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.



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Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 17, 2020 at 16:57

New Alan Davis arrived and couldn’t be happier. It’s similar to the stag liner lock I recently got from him, but has a slightly larger frame and dressed in copper and mammoth. The blade is just under 3 inches and made from some of Rob Thomas’ bold raindrop pattern Damascus.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 6, 2020 at 4:07

Thanks Rick.  This is an absolutely fantastic knife.  The only thing that could make it beyond fantastic would be if the presentation and pile side stag were a better match.  Unfortunately, that is sometimes hard to do with stag!

Comment by Rick Propas on April 5, 2020 at 19:14

This one is stunning. No other word for it. 

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 5, 2020 at 11:20

Newest Davis arrived yesterday.  This one is a liner lock with stag scales, a 3 inch blade made from some of Del Ealy's ladder pattern Damascus, and carved/antiqued bolsters with rat tail. Alan also antiqued the hardware as well as the Roman knot back spacer.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on March 15, 2020 at 15:29

Another Davis slip joint arrived yesterday.  And ... it's another beauty.  The natural Sambar stag covers look and feel great.  Blade is 2.75" and made from some of Doug Ponzio's Damascus.  The rat tail bolsters with some texturing, along with the textured shield and pins, add something extra.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on February 7, 2020 at 16:57

Another Alan Davis slip joint made its way into the collection. The more I look at it … the more I am thinking it will be part of my daily carry for a long, long time! Bolsters and handmade shield are antiqued copper, which … along with the copper pins … go really well with the jigged bone covers. The 2.625" blade is made from some of Del Ealy’s random pattern Damascus.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on January 25, 2020 at 10:28

There's a new Davis in the house.  This smaller slip joint arrived yesterday.  Sports some nice natural Sambar stag covers, copper pins, and a 2.75" modified Wharncliffe blade made from some of John Gulso's random pattern Damascus.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on December 22, 2019 at 9:55

Okay Rick ....  Did the polish on the new Davis yesterday.  Also did a sharpness test before and after using the EdgeOnUp.  As I said in that post discussion, not sure if the BESS score really means anything, but it does serve as a benchmark.  Alan's edge scored a BESS score 362 (new high end cutlery edges).  His edge bevel was 24 dps.  I sharpened and polished to 23 dps to make sure I removed as much of the etch at the edge shoulder as possible.  After sharpening and polishing, tested again and my BESS score came in at 198 (utility razor blade edges).  Here are before and after pics using the same background as my original pics below:

Before:

After:

Makes the knife look SO much nicer with a polished edge contrasting with the beautiful Damascus.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on December 19, 2019 at 14:01

They are, Rick ... it is just that I don't like to see remnants of the etch on the edge bevel of a Damascus blade!  A beautiful knife deserves a polished (or often ... mirror polished) edge!!!  I do this to EVERY knife that I plan to carry .... and some that I don't!!!

Comment by Rick Propas on December 19, 2019 at 12:21

So, I'm not the only one who polishes maker's edges . . . Though I must say that Alan's edges are exemplary.

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