Made In Virginia 2013: Edmund Davidson Knives, Goshen

Edmund Davidson Knives

Eric Eggly, Pointseven Studios

Edmund Davidson Knives

What do NASCAR legend Richard Petty and the Sultan of Johor have in common? Both have been presented with an integral knife crafted by 59-year-old knife maker, Edmund Davidson. One of the most difficult knives to make, Davidson’s integral knives—blade, guard, tang and butt cap—are forged out of one solid block of steel. All are handmade by Davidson, who has been doing this for 27 years, and all are made to last.

“The knives have a higher percentage of chromium, so they will not rust and are corrosion resistant,” says Davidson who explains that the steel goes through an exacting process of hardening, heating, cooling and tempering. He then hones the blades to a fine, thin edge. His working knives are durable, versatile, integral knives suitable for kitchen or campsite with handles that are hand rubbed to a lustrous finish, and made from sturdy materials such as Desert Ironwood which, legend has it, brings good fortune and long life. Davidson, who has won awards from the Knife Makers Guild among others for what he calls his “Art With an Edge,” may be best known for his collectible knives—integral knives engraved with intricate patterns and embellished with scrimshaw. Whether it’s designed for hunting, collecting or cooking, if you own a knife created by Davidson you are fortunate. You own more than a working knife—you own art that works for generations. Integral knives start at $2,500.00.

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Henderson Guitar Shop, Grayson County

Big Lick Amps, Salem

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Frierson Designs Surfboards, Virginia

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