John H. Davis’ knives, from top: oosic/ivory bowie, twist damascus of 1084/15n20, copper guard, spacers and butt, 13 inches overall; India stag bowie, ladder-pattern damascus, copper guard, spacers and butt; India stag and buckeye burl drop point, 1084/A203E damascus, nickel-silver fittings; mammoth ivory boot dagger, 1084/15n20 damascus, nickel-silver fittings; and a mammoth tooth ivory and snakewood locking-liner folder, 1095/nickel damascus. Davis’ sheaths, from top: the first two are belt-loop pouch types in custom leather with python inlay; a pouch type in custom leather with cobra skin; and a belt-loop-and-snap pouch model in custom leather with snakeskin inlay. The maker’s list prices for similar outfits, from top (the prices include sheaths where applicable): $500, $400, $350, $350 and $350. (Point Seven photo)
John H. Davis offers nice knife-and-sheath combinations—and don’t forget the folder!
Some makers do not offer sheaths with their fixed blades. ABS apprentice smith John H. Davis is not among them.
His selection of damascus fixed blades includes handsome sheaths, including one in a cobra-skin inlay he said “a couple of guys do back flips over.” Other sheaths have python and snakeskin inlays. A computer field engineer by day, Davis also has a background in metal fabrication, which helps explain the copper he uses for guards on some of his models. “I’m one of the few who uses it for guards,” he noted. “I love working with it. It’s an underrated material.”
In terms of offering the total package of knife and sheath, underrated also would seem an appropriate way to describe Davis.
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