When Jerry Davis was a baby he was scooting across the floor and his grandmother dubbed him Scooter. He is a third-generation welder and fabricator. His dad made knives as a hobby, and by the time Scooter was a teenager, he, too, was making knives.
At 19 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a heavy equipment engineer during Desert Storm. The Gulf War veteran served four years then returned to West Virginia.
When he isn’t making knives, he’s attending rendezvous, living history gatherings that bring early American frontier days to life. He makes many items in his kit and, of course, period-appropriate knives.
He’s also a singer and musician, playing weddings, parties and other events, equally comfortable with Sinatra or Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“I’ve always been an artistic feller, always making things. I can make just about anything,” Scooter said. But what really inspired him was the quality of the work he saw coming out of other knifemakers. John Savage has been a good friend along the way. “My goal is to create blades worthy of being used in the outdoors.”
- Best-selling knife patterns: small everyday carry, skinning, survival
- Favorite blade steels: 1095 for ease of forging, toughness; 52100 for toughness, edge retention
- Blade grinds: flat for deep cutting and skinning, convex Scandi for durability in hard use
- How he tests his knives: field use, chopping mountain laurel, slicing paper, cutting small bolts, shaving
- Favorite handle materials: Micarta for toughness and durability; wood and bone for beauty and value. “I am partial to rare and hard-to-find materials,” Scooter noted.
- Price range: $150 and up
- Online purveyors: Pendleton County Outdoors, www.pendletoncountyoutdoors.com
- Knife shows he attends: Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Member of: American Bladesmith Society
- Forums he participate in: Facebook Groups, Knife Dogs, BladeForums.com
Contact Scooter Davis at 540-560-1672, [email protected], on Facebook at Rough Run Forge and Instagram @roughrunforge.
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