Gene Davis was my best friend & brother from another mother. Unfortunately Gene passed away in 2004
Gene was a Colorado custom knife maker. We were best friends for 20+ years. I first met Gene at a gun show where he was displaying his knives. I purchased a couple of his knives at the show and our friendship started.
Gene made knives in his garage. He didn’t have any fancy machines like makers use today. He had a band saw, drill press, a couple of hand made grinders, buffers and hand tools. Today most knife makers are machinists. They have mills, lathes, surface grinders, water jet, etc to make their blades & handles then send them off somewhere to get them heat treated.
Gene was truly a custom maker using his simple tools and his creativity. He would make any size from a small bird & trout to a large bowie knife. If you wanted Gene to make you a custom knife you would sit down with him and he would start drawing the knife out on paper. He would look at your hand and design a handle size. He would then make the knife and leather sheath. He did his own heat treating using a tourch and the oven in his house.
He also had his patterns that he liked to make. He mostly used high carbon steel for his blades. Micarta & horn for his handles. He made his own guard and even pin stock.
Although he could make fancy knives, most of the knives he made were to be used. I know he received hundreds of testimonials how well his knife worked.
I miss Gene Davis. RIP Gene