T.A. Davison Knives (Down the Custom Rabbit Hole)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by aji1, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. aji1

    aji1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    I searched but I couldn't find any threads about Todd Davison's knives, other than a closed one and a bunch in the sales forum. So I figured I would start one.

    I just made my first foray into the world of custom knives with T.A. Davison #1865. The whole purchasing process was a pleasure. Todd was quick to answer my e-mails and designed the knife exactly as I requested. He told me it would take 90 days to build; I got an e-mail that it was ready after 82 days. I looked over the photos, asked a couple of questions, and 1865 was en route the next day.

    It's mahogany jigged bone and CPM154, with stainless liners, pins and bolster. The craftsmanship is superb. No gaps, no wobble, and a perfectly centered blade. The spring is flush in all three positions. The coined liners are precisely symmetrical and their interiors are polished and engraved with the knife's number. The inside of the spring is polished and worked with a kind of scalloped pattern. The pins are nicely domed and the double bomb shield is executed well. The bone is a gorgeous color and the jigging is fantastic. The pull is firm, but not too strong (it's pinchable, actually, but maybe not with cold or wet hands), and the walk and talk is damned near musical. To say I am pleased would be an understatement!

    TL;DR: T.A. Davison makes a kick-ass knife!

    Todd's nice photo:


    And a couple of crappy ones from me. Check out the color of the bone in a little sunlight:


    The nearly seamless join between the backspring and the blade (actually a little exaggerated due to the bright light; I can barely feel it with a fingernail):


    The perfectly flush backspring at the half-stop:

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  2. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    My goodness! That is a beauty!

    The bone and jigging are very attractive and that back spring photo speaks volumes. Excellent choice for your first custom. Thank you for sharing this.
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  3. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Excellent jigging on that, good to see some of his knives again. He used to post pix of his newly made stuff and this was quite a big thread as far as I remember.
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  4. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    I was wondering why his threads were closed. Recently was considering another one of Todd's knives and have had two in the past that I eventually let go.
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  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Not sure why this thread is locked, but the pics are still there for anyone who wants to look, superb quality knives :thumbsup:

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  6. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Todd is well known as a great maker. Congratulations on your purchase. All of his are stunning.
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  7. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    Nice. Nothing like getting a knife made just the way you want it. :thumbsup:
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  8. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Very nice. Todd's Jigged Mahogany & Red are amazing. Nice clip blade. He basically does every design freehand - no set patterns as I understand. Amazing skills.
    I too have an order in to him. My first custom. Can't wait.
  9. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    wish hed do end caps more frequently
  10. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Careful. Todd’s knives suckered me into the custom world. I have 4 myself. I almost bought one very similar to that also. It’s a beauty.
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  11. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Beautiful knife! There is a Todd Davison thread...one that he participates in :)
    You can find it here.

    Edit: I have no idea why...but that thread is now closed? What happened?
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  12. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Sorry for the bad pic. But here is my 4. The bottom one was my first custom ever. The bottom 3 are all commissions he did for me. The second was my 3rd from him. It was made to carry at my wedding. I still carry it on dates and trips with my wife. The next is mammoth ivory. The top one is a double blade #1200. I got it when the 00’s where hard to come by as a gentlemen was buying them all from him. I picked it up off the exchange here.

    I think I’ll carry my orange #1054 tonight.
  13. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    Welcome to the rabbit hole!! Todds knives look very well done hope to grab one in the future
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  14. knowtracks

    knowtracks Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Same thing happened last fall, it was closed, I talked to our moderators and they reopened it. Only thing I can think of is that the OP has closed it again. I don't see how this thread is in violation of anything to be closed for.o_O

  15. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Thanks Dave. I hope it is opened again I love that thread :thumbsup:
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  16. aji1

    aji1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    That's the closed thread I was referring to in my initial post. Kind of funny, really. I had been looking at the KnifeMaker's for sale forum and seen a number of Mr. Davison's knives that appealed to me. At the beginning of June last year, I subscribed to his e-mail feed, but, not wanting to rush into anything, I started to do a lot of research into various makers. Part of that entailed reading that thread from start to finish. By early October, I had decided to approach Todd. My first mail to him was October 13th and by October 15th I had formally placed my order. At the time, I actually thought, "It will be nice to add my Davison to that thread!" A couple of weeks later, I went to re-visit it and it had been locked. Made me think that maybe Todd had closed up shop. To my relief, I got one of his e-mails a few days later.

    Thanks for the photos @Jack Black and @SVTFreak! I hope more people will post theirs, particularly since that other thread is locked. @pmek5, may you be as happy with your Davison as I am with mine! Please post some pictures when you receive it.

    [EDIT TO ADD: @knowtracks and @waverave It would be great if that thread was re-opened. Strange that it was closed in the first place. I didn't see your comments before I posted this, as I was called to dinner in the middle of typing my reply.]
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2020
  17. Chief

    Chief Chief Master Sergeant USAF (ret) 1975-2000 Platinum Member

    Nov 15, 1998
    Todd makes a great slipjoint, here's the two he made for me.

  18. aji1

    aji1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    Wow! That mammoth ivory is absolutely incredible, @Chief!
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  19. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    Those are great looking knives. I also really appreciate a perfectly done sharpening choil like these have.
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  20. E40

    E40 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    Here is one of Todd's from last year. I have a jigged one, but seem to have no pictures of it. Will get that loaded in here at some point.
    IMG_1885 1.jpg
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