Edmund Davidson ...
I am a full time
knifemaker whose love of knives dates back to my youth. I would
like to thank R.W. Loveless for fueling my interest in handmade
knives and for the friendship that we share to this very day.
I credit Mr. T.M. Dowell and Billy Mace Imel for inspiring me
to adopt the integral methods of knife construction. For it was
photographs of their work published in the mid 1970's that would
ultimately prove to have a profound impact on my life as a knifemaker.
My first impression of those early knives was that they were truly
a novel concept. Here was a knife that completely eliminated solder
joints, gaps and vulnerable areas where stress risers could develop.
The integral knife is quite simply a solid, homogenous piece of
steel with two handle inlays. Since my humble beginnings as a
knifemaker in 1986, I have developed over 90 unique integral patterns
which include several designs from the shop of R.W. Loveless.
From virtually indestructible camp and combat knives to many highly
functional hunting knife patterns and investment quality art pieces
embellished with fine engraving and scrimshaw, I will continue
to push the proverbial integral envelope and develop new patterns
for as long as I am able.
In closing, I would like to say that my knives are all made in
my shop with my equipment. I do not outsource labor, nor do I
use or condone the use of CNC machinery on knives that are represented
to the public as being handmade. I purchase my blade steel in
the form of bar stock and purchase the mechanical fasteners that
I use to attach handle materials. I enlist the artistic services
of the talented engraver Jere Davidson and the talented scrimshander
Linda Karst Stone. I entrust the knowledgeable Paul Bos with the
heat treating, tempering, and cryogenics of all my knives.
Thank you all!