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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 75 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.  Wasn't sure that would 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, that milestone was reached on April 19th, 2021.  As of my latest addition, have now owned 100 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 20, 2021 at 15:11

Thanks Rick and Jan.  When I made that "100" comment to Alan many years ago ... I thought I was making it in jest!  Whudda thunk it?!   Someone asked me what my plans are for # 200.  Fortunately, I doubt I will live that long to even give it a second's thought! 

Comment by Jan Carter on April 20, 2021 at 11:28

as always, … Alan dun good!!

Well that is an understatement! Not only has Alan become quite the knifemaker over the years but you have also become quite the designer.  As the 100th this one fills the bill for EVERYTHING, congrats Dennis

Comment by Rick Propas on April 20, 2021 at 11:21

Dennis, that is a stunner. Congratulations!!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on April 20, 2021 at 10:29

I got my first Alan Davis knife in 2012 and started this blog in 2016 to showcase Alan's knives. Since the beginning, I was intrigued with his style and the fact that every knife he made was virtually a one of a kind. He didn’t seem to make just one or two patterns that he outfitted differently. Many of his knives (especially his earlier ones) also had a sort of rustic appearance that really appealed to me. Yesterday, nine years after my first Davis, the 100th that I have owned arrived in my mail call. I had been working with Alan on this one for quite some time. Normally, when I have him make me something, I just tell him to go wild and make something he thinks I will like. This time, I tried to put a little thought into what I might want for number 100. I decided to go with a black/white color scheme. So, sent him a mock-up of what I was looking for, along with the materials I wanted. Couldn’t have turned out better. Scales are some white giraffe bone with black striations. Bolsters are sculpted titanium that Alan blackened. The 3.25" blade is Damasteel in the Björkmans Twist pattern. The gold anodized liners are file-worked and textured. The back spacer is the first Alan designed in this pattern. It’s titanium and incorporates blackened and textured gold anodized sections. Super happy and, as always, … Alan dun good!!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on December 30, 2020 at 15:28

Got this one in yesterday.  While it looks brand new, Alan made it as his personal carry knife in 2017.  Naturally, he gave it a little spa treatment before sending it my way!  Sized just right (for me) this slippie has a 2.875 inch blade made from Del Ealy's Damascus.  And .... I really love the mammoth on this one. 

Comment by Dennis Hibar on October 19, 2020 at 2:49

Newest Davis added to the collection. This one is big and beautiful. Actually, much larger than would normally appeal to me. But, beautiful won out over big! The 3.375" blade is made from Burke feather pattern Damascus. The textured bolsters are from Ponzio Damascus. What really drew me to this one were the mammoth scales. Nicely matched and they have an almost stag-like appearance and texture.

Comment by Dennis Hibar on September 21, 2020 at 14:23

Okay .... here's a real beauty (well, to my eyes!).  This gent's liner lock has some absolutely stunning blue mammoth ivory scales.   The bolsters and the 3 inch blade are made from some of Chad Nichols' "cheetah" pattern Damascus.  To further jazz things up, Alan did some extensive file work and double anodizing on the liners and back spacer.  Took me all of about 10 seconds to know I wanted to add this one to the collection!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on September 19, 2020 at 7:23

Was able to pick up another Davis from another Alan Davis collector and am thrilled with it. It's a smaller slip joint with stunning Sambar stag covers and a 2.375" blade made from some of Del Ealy's T-Rex pattern Damascus. Del makes some very nice Damascus. Bought my first knife with his Damascus back in 2013.

If this one were not sweet enough .... have another, even sweeter, inbound as I type this!!

Comment by Dennis Hibar on July 24, 2020 at 12:59

This new one has already become my EDC for the time being.  Really like it, despite it being just a little larger than I prefer, with a 3.375" blade.  Lately, Alan has been forging his own Damascus.  On this knife, he used a multi-bar, random pattern for the blade and bolsters.  The scales are nicely dyed giraffe bone.  And, of course, he did special file work, texturing, and double anodizing on the back spacer and liners. 

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.

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