You could think that Brittany Davis is a modern-day Annie Oakley and you wouldn’t be far off. Raised with two brothers, she grew up in Mendocino County hunting with her father, later working alongside him building and renovating houses.
Her passion for hunting fostered a desire to use the whole animal, with the objective of turning the buckskins into something useful. Building houses with her father convinced her that building and sewing weren’t so different; both skills unite geometric, spatial, and aesthetic solutions to functional needs, whether designing a home or a handbag.
She started making bags by hand for herself and for friends. Fashioning unique handbags led to creating custom knife rolls for chef friends.
Necessity sparked invention when she realized that she needed something better than a towel to roll her two knives in when packing for a hunting honeymoon spent camping in Chile and Patagonia — and her two-knife traveling knife case was born.
Her own company, “Brass and Blade,” came next. Inspiration for the name came from hunting and leather tanning, “brass” referring to the empty bullet shell and “blade” to the blade used for skinning a hide.
Certainly, we would have found Brittany at some point since SHED has been fortunate in attracting talented makers. But it turns out that SHED culinary director Perry Hoffman grew up knowing Brittany through his aunt and uncle, dear friends of Brittany’s parents in Mendocino County.
Once Perry saw Brittany’s knife rolls, he knew they would be perfect for SHED.
We can only agree.
Three years after launching Brass and Blade, Brittany’s too busy to use her own buckskins. The cowhides for her two-knife travel cases are hand-selected, made in the USA. The leather for her professional chef roll is a special oil-tanned leather only found in Brazil, with the unique quality that scratches can be rubbed out of it.
All of Brittany’s knife cases are completely sewn by hand, with hand-set copper rivets.