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Todd Davison Knives

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  1. redneck

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    You do beautiful work. Those multi part scales would turn my swear jar into a barrel :D
     
  2. Valkman

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    You could make a million bucks! LOL Reminds me of Al Bundy's wife selling cosmetics and being her own best customer and bragging how much she makes. :D
     
  3. redneck

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    I'd be writing IOU's before the epoxy was mixed :D
     
  4. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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    Thank you all very much!

    Been busy making knives, here are a few more done.

    Have a great day!


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  5. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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  6. bikerdoc

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    Nice,

    Do you always make 3 of same kind ?
     
  7. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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    Only on Wednesdays.... :D
     
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    Just...
     
  9. RA40

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    I may try that Wednesday... ;)
     
  10. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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    Few more - thanks for the looks.
    Have a great day!

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  11. Deltaboy1984

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    All your work is stunning and museum quality!
     
  12. RA40

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    Excellent knives and photos!
     
  13. bannockburn

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    All are perfection! This time #1753 caught my eye as being just a little bit different!
     
  14. hso

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    Todd,

    The pics of your work are great, but can you tell us about how you make them?

    I thought folks would like to see your shop and "hear" a bit about your work (taken from Davison Custom Knives page).

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    Here's a great bio piece on Todd. https://franksclassicknives.com/pages/todd-davison
     
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  15. bannockburn

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    hso

    Thanks for the Knife World article on Todd Davison. Answers a lot of questions I had about how he makes his knives so unique and so perfectly finished.
     
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  16. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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    First of all - THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH! I do appreciate the support.

    The write ups from Mike & Frank tells a lot. As said I made fix blades for about 25 years, sold my first knife in 1981. Seen an old man named Grady Carpenter with some knives, I ask him where he got them? He said that he had made them, well I never heard of someone making their own knives. So off I went to make my own knives, got me a vice and a hand held grinder. I didn't have a clue what I was doing. You should of seen me trying to put a mirror polish on a piece of steel I just ground out - hence the phone calls to Bob L. He even told one time that he had a little house that I could come stay in he would show me everything he knew about making knives. (I didn't go) We live and learn and that's just what I did. When making a fix blade and I would screw it up, I didn't make a smaller knife or toss it out. I would heat treat it and destroy it, by driving it into a tree bending and breaking it, chopping the edge of my anvil with the blade. This taught me what my heat treat was doing. Over the years making the fix blades I would NEVER toss the cut off-scrap, it went into a pile. And then I would make miniature knives.
    This helped me to grind small blades along with the big blades. Never using any patterns on the knives accept when a customer sent me a drawing of a knife he wanted made.
    I had a pistol on the bench one day (I had already started doing file work on the knives.) I picked it up and filed the bottom of the grip. Well that opened up a new can of worms, cause I started filing pistols even down the barrels. Then my brother bought a brand new Puma 38-357 stainless rifle and told me to go cut it up and I did. Took me over two years to do it, there are some photos of it and a pistol I did. (All by hand) I took it to the Spirit of Steel Show in Texas, Bill Ruple seen it and he couldn't believe it. Had a couple machinist try and tell me I machined it, until they looked at it closer and figured out that it couldn't be machined.

    So I had my grind down, my fit and finish down (I could do a mirror polish on D2 that would impress Bob Dozier), my heat treat down, and my file work down. So time for something new? I know, how about slip joint knives..
    End of 2005 I started making slip joint knives. And these too would be made with out patterns. I just jumped in an went for it (how hard could it be?)
    If I new how hard it would be before I started, I would have NEVER started making them. But I did (hence the calls to Tony B.)

    So when I start a new knife (slip joint) I drill the pivot hole in the steel first. Then sketch the blade out by hand, cut the blade and back spring out of the same piece of steel.
    Next grind the profile of the blade and start cleaning up the back spring. After that I put the blade and back spring on a piece of 2x4 wood and start fitting it together.
    I do NOT use a dial indicator, never have. I did buy one and tried to use it, but could do them my way better and faster. (by hand a bit at a time)
    Look at my knives closed in person, the blade looks like it barely misses hitting the back spring on the end. Out of 1760 knives, I think I made two from Tony Bose's pattern (wharncliff trappers) and the blades came out short on the end of the trough. I also tried use bushings on my knives, that was in between #300 and #400's. Those would be the only knives of mine to have bushings. I do mine like Reese Bose, no bushings. One of the hardest things I ran into was hiding the pivot pin ang getting the walk and talk right. Like the article said that was around the #400's that I was getting really good, not perfect (but really good)

    Even now after making over 1700 of them, I'm still always trying to make them better.

    Have good one. - Thanks!

    Todd

    P.S. - I moved back to Mississippi from Kansas at the end of 2012.
     
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  17. T.A.DAVISON knife maker

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    Here are some photos showing the file work.
    The pistol shown only goes half way around the barrel because it was the first I did and I was a little scared to mess it up.
    All the rest went clear around - and did a LOT of them, can't remember how many I did?
    No more though - only pocket knives.:)

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  18. Deltaboy1984

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    Good Lord you do some fine work , the Old world Masters of Sheffield and Germany before World war 1 would be impressed!
     
  19. bikerdoc

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    You are a hard worker Mr D.
    Kudos
     
  20. RA40

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    Very nice!!! One of the ongoing challenges of the craft to push your abilities and learn new techniques to improve. Very motivating! Much respect for the makers and the creative application of integrating them into knives. Great have have great craftspeople to help the pursuit too. Tony Bose, Bob Dozier and Bill Ruple are fantastic makers!
     
  21. bannockburn

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    Todd

    Thanks for the remainder of your back story! Fascinating and inspiring to say the least!

    I'm also incredibly impressed with the file work that you did on the Ruger and the Rossi; simply amazing (and thanks for the photos)!

    You sir have a talent of working with steel that is unsurpassed! Kudos to your knife making accomplishments!
     
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