Author Archives: Kathy Sheldon Davis

About Kathy Sheldon Davis

Contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today. Devotional writer for Pathways - Moments with God and finalist for the OCW Cascade Award. Visit my blog at kathysheldondavis.com.

Reworking the Shop

We thought the shop needed just a bit of tweaking. It turns out it’s getting more than that. We’re overhauling it!

We’ve got a bigger space to turn around in now–enough to get a great photo of our son, Seth, and our steampunk costumed granddaughter. It’s sweet having family nearby.

Jerry’s excited about an order that came in yesterday. It’s a type of steel he hasn’t used before, and its arrival gives us even more incentive to finish the shop’s makeover.

To see his progress, check out Jerry Davis Knives on his Facebook page or on Instagram.

by Kathy Davis

Knives for Friends

My son and I hovered in the shop yesterday, waiting for Jerry to present the knife he’d made for our friend. I busied myself with folding laundry, trying not to spoil the surprise. It’s new owner was going to love it.

Rick Thiele knife Jerry 7-2017

We didn’t get a photo of the exchange, but we’ll never forget the delight on our friend’s face. His new knife is made with wood that came from his daughter’s husband’s grandfather’s wood sample collection–a man dearly missed by many. But though the grins were priceless we weren’t thinking about getting our cameras out.

We’re so thankful for good friends, and for creative ways to show it.

Note: The picture I uploaded for this post is of another friend with his first Jerry Davis knife, taken last year.

Kathy Davis

Season of Change

Jerry and I are feeling the changing of the season, which always seems to sneak up on us. Summer doesn’t last as long as we’d like, not in our part of Oregon anyway.

This year Jerry won’t be bowhunting due to a shoulder injury, but he still feels the pull to wander the hills. His hunting buddy went solo last week, but was able to text Jerry about a nice elk that got away. So for now the Jerry Davis Knife in his pack is clean.facebook_1531524579925

The good news is Jerry’s spending more time with family, making knives, and reconfiguring his shop. We’re thankful his shoulder is improving. And we’re certainly looking forward to next year when we can head for the hills again.

To see his current knives, check out his Facebook page or Instagram.

by Kathy Davis

Tribute Knives for Those Who Serve

Our son is the recipient of the Bronze Star, which is awarded for heroic and/or meritorious service in a combat zone.  Aaron Davis recently retired from the Air Force, and this spring we surprised him with a tribute knife.

A few weeks later, my sister’s son-in-law saw Aaron’s knife on social media and decided to honor his own father, who served in the Viet Nam War, with a tribute knife. His dad is a recipient of an Air Medal, awarded for an act of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Jerry said, “It’s my desire is to honor those who serve us and fight to defend our freedom.” He also remarked that having grown up in the sixties, he personally felt the impact of the war. Even now, whenever he views images of the Viet Nam War Memorial he is deeply moved.

Aaron also recognized a knife on Jerry’s table as potentially having an appeal to police officers, so once again we were honored to show our great respect for those who put themselves in harm’s way to preserve our lives and safety. It’s owner is retiring soon from the police force and is now enjoying his “thin blue line” tribute knife.

There’s a lot of satisfaction in crafting knives for heroes. Let us know if we can help you honor one.

by Kathy Davis

Photographing Knives

The popularity of Jerry’s Pocket EDC in social media surprised us this month.  Not to boast too much of my own importance, but he might forget to take photos of them if I didn’t remind him.

Here’s a closer look at one that didn’t hang around the shop long.

Jerry’s not too busy to design one for you, however. When it comes to crafting knives, he’s always ready to talk about another project. Go to the Contact page to start the conversation.

posted by Kathy Davis

Jerry’s Knives at Work and Play

This past weekend we hiked the paths around Sahalie Falls with some friends and a group of international students, our first outing together this spring. Jerry and I spent too much of our winter indoors so we were delighted to be out in the hills on such a beautiful day.

Jerry Davis Knives Sahalie Falls 5-2018

Another thing we like is seeing where the knives go when they leave the shop. We’ve received photos of his creations in collections, at work in the field, and in far off places. If you find yourself the owner of one of Jerry’s knives, you’ll make our day if you send us a photo.

To follow Jerry, you can find him on Instagram and on Facebook, where keeps his followers up to date.

Meanwhile, don’t cut yourself.

by Kathy Davis

“Best Year Ever” – OKCA Knife Show 2018

The highlight of Jerry’s year as a knife maker took place a few weeks ago, the OKCA spring knife show, which is held at the Lane Events Center near the heart of Eugene.

JDKnives at Knife Show 2018 short crop

Advertised as the biggest knife show west of the Mississippi, it’s easy to see why. We got this photo while he was setting up his table before the crowds arrived. Afterwards it would have been difficult to get a good shot – and he’d likely have been too distracted to even look at the camera.

Check out the OKCA website to see more photos and information.

Jerry says this year’s show had the most attendees he’s ever witnessed, and it was his “best year ever.” It’s fun when people come back year after year to check in and tell their knife stories.

We’re already filling out the application form for next year, so plan on seeing us at table G-5 again.

by Kathy Davis