The Davis concept can be applied to most any length fixed blade cutlery. Over these past 30 years, a wide range of manufacture has been created, and I'm pleased to share some pictures.
The first example is what I call my "Sir Isaac Newton Commemorative". Newton defined an ancient unit of measurement to be a "sacred" cubit of just over 25". That helped closely approximate dimensions of the planet, so he could further state the Law of Gravity. Accordingly, there is attempt to combine my special art with some unique dimensions, all of which are to be realized in a sword. The sword is generally fashioned after an ancient Roman gladius---likely superior quality, because the Romans did not have 1095 high carbon. Anyway, I made the sword as follows:
As a matter of fact, I made a whole batch of them. Each unit measures 25" point to end cap, and weighs a hefty 41/4 lbs. Blades are 3/8" x 2" 1095 high carbon---handgrips are oval shaped, polished steel, with brass pommel, end cap, and crossguard. The pommel presents a sphere, symbolic of the planet which Newton measured. Another special dimension is presented by the hilt, by dividing the length of hilt (5") by the length of crossguard (3"). 5/3=1.618, or "phi". This special proportion characterizes the Great Pyramid, the Parthenon, and many other masterpieces. "Phi" is again closely approximated by dividing the point to end cap (24.875") by the length of cutting edge (15.375") . Once again, 24.875/15.375=1.618 or "phi" (close enough!). Here's the batch:
Since these pieces incorporate the Davis impact resistant, modular concept, each rapidly disassembles, so here's a view of constituent elements. (Please be advised each awaits final polish, stamping, and gold plate.) Parts for each unit are positioned to the side of each blade, and it is a rare sight indeed:
Here's another example of good American folk art. Broadly speaking, this is my standard field unit all dressed up with triple nickle plate on the blade. Blade is 3/8x2 1095, and the handle grip is polished stainless steel. Crossguard and pommel are polished brass, with polyurethane sealer. Pommel is shaped so as to facilitate grip, which can also be accomplished by using a "d-guard". Quite a few of these have been made over the years, and I no longer manufacture sheaths. These are normally presented while contained in a handsome display case, which I designed and crafted (example as per "Fit for a King"). This unit is about 31" end to end, and roughly weighs 5 lbs. I guarantee this is a "big dog" that cuts:
This is an experimental model, made years ago. It measures out around 19" end to end, and likely weighs around 31/2 lbs. As usual, for my large blades, you see 3/8x2 1095, with triple nickle plate. The blade presents a true "double edge", and it's the first one I ever turned out (that is, if I'm remembering correctly!). Another refinement was attempt to form finger grips on a solid brass tubular segment. The crossguard and pommel are polished brass with polyurethane sealer, and the terminal fastener is an exposed socket head cap screw. The piece wasn't bad, but I did not really like it, and haven't made any more.
Featured below is another of my experiments. This time around, the unit is about 16" long, and weighs about 21/2 lbs. Broadly speaking, this is attempt to advance my standard 16" unit, especially by transitioning to a solid brass, rectangular hand grip, with finger grooves. The blade is made of 1/4" 1095, with triple nickle plate. Not featured is the optional straight crossguard and pommel, also made of polished brass. Of course all these units incorporate the Davis patented concept, which allows for disassembly, and reassembly with different parts, and are crafted by the inventor. I still make this model, but with tubular hand segment, and all the hilt components are nickle plated.
Below is another experiment made years ago. There is attempt to enhance my standard 12 " unit, especially by transition to rectangular grip made of black micarta. The pommel and spacer on top of crossguard are made of fine polished silver, with fully exposed socket head terminal fastener. Crossguard is polished brass, and blade is nickle plated, 1/4" 1095. This piece weighs in around 11/2 lbs.
This unit below has been one of my most popular. This is a standard 12" field unit, sort of "dressed up". This example has a 1/4" nickle plated blade of 1095, with polished brass crossguard and handle segment. The pommel end is not removable, and is made of polished copper with socket head cap screw (which I no longer use, preferring a standard 1/4-28 bolt).
This next example, below, was a very rewarding expression for me---the world's first and only impact resistant, modular hilt, fitted to a classic M-1 rifle. I don't know that any more will be made, especially because the bayonet pommel came from General Cutlery, back in '92. I doubt they are still around, or would provide the pommels if asked---maybe we'll see. I do intend to offer the public a version of my art closely patterned after this bayonet, which itself is made in the style of a Swiss bayonet, as originally fitted to the M-1 (Schmidt-Rubin).
The illustration below shows the bayonet disassembled, and with two hilts, two pommels, and two crossguards grouped together. The blade is made of 1/4" 1095, with crossguards of polished brass. Both tubular segments are metal, with brushed nickel finish. The brass end cap (pommel) is actually subject to Patent 4,520,566---thus the unit even includes two separate patents! (For another $19.95, I'll throw in a good, used, kitchen sink.)
As we continue examining, you can see below it has been reassembled, but with different parts---the bayonet hilt and crossguard are positioned beside the assembled unit. This helps to emphasize the value of modular design---the unit is still impact resistant, and utility is changed by using different parts. In particular, there can be transition from the military (bayonet pommel or a "d-guard") to the civilian. Sort of like the President has to do, or maybe the militia, in days gone by.
Well, I'm really glad you made it this far, and thanks for your kind attention. Please allow me to introduce myself, as per the picture below: I am Kurtis Dwight Davis, Swordmaker, U.S. Patent 4,458,420, Romans 13:4. After 30 years with my nose to a 10" grindstone, I am encouraged even by this word of God: "But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I WILL COME FORTH AS GOLD". (Job 23:10)