Razors Edge… How it all began!
From what ive read and researched.
Razors Edge was started in MD and DC by Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale. They started out with game dogs. They
researched everything they could find and read every book publicized at that time. The also subscribed to many dog magazines
like the ADBA Gazette, even some underground ones. They called nearly every breeder that they could find and questioned
them, If it said Pit, they were on it. They already owned some unpapered BYB Pits. They even had there own Pit club and went
hiking and other things back in the woods. Eventually they got enough money to get some real papered, good bloodline, game
dogs. They purchased some of the best around at the time. Even paid $3500 way back then for a Grandson of the great
“Plumbers Alligator”, mainly Mayfield lines. Dave and Carlos were very heavy into the game lines and had dogs from Hemphill
to Wilder blood. These were big game dogs.
Later on they hooked up with George Williams in DC and purchased a dog they named Diablo, from Wildside Kennels. Diablo’s
dad was a bigger catch dog, “Hollinsworth Bull”. His mom was a game girl names “Wildsides Ms.Leaky”. This was the turn
around time when Razors Edge started adding more size. The first ever registered “ADBA” Razors Edge breeding was from his
Mayfield boy Zeus to a Mayfield girl name Jinx. Jinx was actually given to friend back then named Curt Plater, now CLP
Kennels. He owned the first ever Razors Edge dog. They would lose contact after this for many years before hooking up again.
They banned Pits in PG County and Dave was forced to move. Eventually through Dave’s job in the Pet Store industry he
landed a mangers job at a Pet Store in VA. He had to move to VA and still resides there as Razors Edge Kennel.
Dave managed a Pet Store, worked as a professional dog trainer, and still bred bigger ADBA game dogs. Basically, he bred his
own pits now. He also put fliers in the Washington Post explaining what the breed was and what Razors Edge was.
Dave met a guy name Ron Smith who came aboard and took Razors Edge to another level. Dave saw this blue dog named “Steel
Town Blue Monday” and was hooked! Ron already knew every UKC and AKC breeder under the sun. He had been researching
on his own for years. So this man had all the pictures, info, etc…. He had fliers and pictures from every AKC and UKC breeder
from Coast to coast. He literally had pictures of almost all the dogs in all these pedigrees. That man really was the “Pit Guru”.
He first contacted thingy ‘n’ Bull Kennels, the ones that produced Monday. They turned them onto people in Cali with that
blood. Candace Eggart was one. Candy sent pictures of what she had and what she had going on. Just to give you a time frame,
She sold a dog years later to Tony Moore named Showtime! Showtime went on to be one of the foundation pregnant doges in
the Greyline bloodline! So this was years before Greyline was even around.
They went to every breeder on the East Coast. Up north to Bobby Morehouse, Beth Jones, a friend of his Lee Fitzgerald, Flying
A’s, Minot’s Ledge, etc. they actually purchased a blue brindle female named “Sadey” from Minot’s Ledge. This litter was had an
extraordinary pedigree. The top half were mainly Flying A’s dogs like “Oreo” and “Reo Speedwagon”. Dogs he had seen and
liked. You could see in the extended pedigree how these dogs stemmed from Ruffian dogs. Then you could see how it went
back even further from the AKC Ruffian dog to the UKC Colby dogs. This top half of the pedigree actually showed how Pits
eventually were registered as Staffs! Dave thought that was cool to see on paper and in a dog he owned. Then the bottom half of
the ped went right back to Stratton dogs. Dogs like Going light Barney, dogs he grew up reading about! Thanks to Richard
Stratton, Then behind them were the same Colby dogs he saw on the top half of the pedigree. So he had this dog that showed
the history of the Am. Staff and the directions the Colby line went in the UKC. he also purchased a male named “Razors Edge
Blue Maxx”. His top half was a dog named “StoryTime’s Upon this Rock” AKA “Peter” Peter was a dog bred by Beth Jones. He
was a big dog, but kinda ugly. They bred him to “Wassuc’s Farm Maggie May”. Dave really liked this compact girl. He
researched her lines and found she was Ryan. When they got to see the Ryan dogs they were surprised to see they were game
dogs. They were AKC registered Staffs, but they still bred for game dogs! This was something Dave had never seen, I’m sure
that’s why the AKC people didn’t like that line, . However; Dave loved it! Bully, game, blue, staffs! Now that’s what I am talking
about! Maxx was there boy from this blood. Now Razors Edge was big ADBA game dogs, one UKC Blue Brindle girl, and a Big
hot Blue Fawn AKC boy.
In Va there was Sharon Stone of Cloverhill, who had the biggest Staffs Dave had ever seen! Her old stuff was huge! Too tall for
what he was looking for, but huge! They changed years later and went more showy. Paco, was in Dave’s opinion actually a
throw back of her older days. Ginny York, Pam Perdue, GiGi, the Garretts, etc….they visited them all. Even went down to
Florida and checked out Marsha Woods. Met KC Courtier of Watchdog Kennels. Eventually, went up to Md and met Kimmar
Kennels. As soon as Dave stepped on the ranch, he knew he had found the build he was looking for! The Razors Edge package
was almost complete.
Razors Edge also had been advertising in the Washington Post for many years. Some young dudes from DC used to come down
and hang out and bring their dogs. Edwin Salinas and Joey Nevils were two of them. These guys had been buying dogs from
Kimmar and mixing their own stuff in them too. Kimmar used to have an ad in the post under the Pit Bull ads, it said “Petey
pups”. They didn’t want their dogs to be labeled as Pits; but they advertised directly under Pits? Hmmmmmm? Not as Staff?
Anyway, local people knew the deal and picked up a lot of her dogs. Joey, Edwin, Joey’s pops, and their boys had a bunch of
these dogs. Even some old friends of Dave’s Jerry and Gerrold had yards with these dogs. They all had game stuff in the mix.
dave tapped into a lot of their dogs as well.
In Kimmar’s yard he learned a lot about breeding and genetics. Dave spent every weekend there for almost three years, and
actually put on a training class for all her buyers every Sunday.
Razors Edge had been breeding now for a few generations and even used a lot of her dogs from other people in the mix. Ron,
also had some York dogs, and some other AKC stuff, they experimented with. Before they got Knuckles or any of them, Razors
Edge was already in the game. Kimmar actually used there dog Maxx for some breedings. Eventually we purchased around 15
dogs from her line, including Knuckles and Rage. While these pups were growing, Razors Edge already had it’s formula. They
just wanted a different head. They were not given papers on some of these dogs and they had to be UKC registered instead!
This is where Razors Edge became heavily involved in UKC. Dave started searching for a better head and came into some
Watchdog stuff. KC was not breeding anymore, so he had to find that blood somewhere else. he bought dogs from Grapevine
Kennels, and also hit up Hughzee’s, who he believe later on became Chaos Kennels. They had been talking to Pam from Gaff
Kennels for a few years, and really liked a boy name Seiko! So they got a dog from her. So Dave experimented with a lot of lines
and different dogs. Razors Edge started having a real consistent look. The heads were big, but they still wanted them to be a
little blockier. A few generations later it was pretty much there.
So by taking combinations of dogs and bloodlines Dave eventually got to the style of pitbull he wanted, now called “Bully Style”
of Pitbulls, Meaning large in size, such as a large head, wide chest, short blocky muzzles, large, but not over done bone, and a
shorter back, but at the same time correct as the United Kennel Club and American Kennel Club judge by.
Razors Edge purchased a pup from the breeding of Kimmars Catt Man Roo and Pam’s White Path China Black. These two dogs
produce a few dogs in the litter that helped to promote the Razors Edge line, dogs such as: GR CH Razors Edge Throwin
Knuckles, CH Razors Edge Inna Rage, and Razors Edge Sapphire Lil. Another breeding that produced one of the most famous
pregnant doges in the history of Razors Edge was between Ch. Jackson’s GMJ Mr. Brooks and Razors Edge SilverSadey of ML
which produced GR. CH. Razors Edge Sadey’s Paddington and also Kim’s Blue Dekota. Dave used Ch. CloverHill’s Watuka
Spirit AKA Paco and bred him to Paddington, which produced the legendary CH. Razors Edge Purple Rose of Cairo, the most
famous dog of all the Razors Edge dogs today in my opinion. Razors Edge Kenna Claddaugh, Razors Edge Top Notch Chino,
Razors Edge Chi Chi of Trueblue, Tonka and Jigga and Iced Mocha are also productions from this breeding.
When the time was right the grand champion knuckles was bred to Paddington, which produced another female, named
Viagra. Viagra was bred to the legend Cairo and produced one of my favorite males Razors Edge V’s Lil Ro, AKA “RO”. They
also produced Cai, Diva, Caira and a few more. RO lives his own legacy today in producing some beautiful dogs such as suarez
bulls paco and genuine Edge’s Toxic, and Titan Kennels Titan, just to name a few of my favorite males out of him. A friend of
mine at Bully Loaded Kennels also has a son, Quake, and daughter, Faith, off of him that will be very nice when there older.
Cairo was also bred to a few other females but I won’t name them all just ones that come to mind, some of the important ones
in my eyes, such as the Cairo and Koi Breeding. Koi who is out of GR CH Knuckles and Dakota (Paddingtons sister), was bred
to Cairo and produced Rage, Neela, Brooklyn, Shamrock, Rolli, Rosetta, and Diamond. Cairo was also bred to tiki and produced
a male by the name of Hennessy. Cairo was also bred to my friends dog trixie of blackout kennels in VA and produced his male
Gooda, Bo at Bow Wow Kennels,Denile at Razors Edge Kennel, one of my personal favorite females of Razors Edge bloodline
and two others that go by Bosko and Bun. The cairo side of razorsedge is just a fraction of the bloodline. The line has been
taking in different directions but everythang basically stems from the knuckles, paddington, and rage blood.
Another well known producing dog is Razors Edge CLP’s Short Shot, Short Shot is off of Buckshot and Rage, and is also a
grandson to Knuckles on Buckshots side and Rage is Knuckles sister. Shortshot has done a few breedings is his life, such as
Diamond, and more recently Paradise and Steel. there is also sections of the blood that are almost like a line in its own
depending on what your looking for, you got the Cairo side, the shortshot side, the you got manu side, dozer daisy line
breedings, which all of this basically ties into each and every dog produced from razorsedge yard in the very beginning! You just
have to connect them all together. It’s the facts of producing outstanding dogs from the start and putting time and effort and
lots of money into building a dream.
Razors Edge Kennel has been involved in learning, breeding, showing, training and raising the American Pitbull Terrier for well
over 15 years and it keeps getting better! Razorsedge will not die! It will live on through Dave’s kids, friends, and mainly in his
dogs! Razors Edge is a bloodline for everyone, it offers show quality dogs, bully correct dogs, bully dogs, and overdone dogs,
overdone meaning extreme bone, head, and chest, at the same time very nice dogs, but dogs that would not be able to win in
the show ring. So if you want a real pitbull where there females outdo other kennels males go to Razors Edge Kennel and they
can point you in the right direction!
THE HISTORY OF GOTTILINE
From what ive read and been told.
Gottiline was founded by Richard Barajas of West Side Kennels. He is the owner of Gottiline’s foundation sire, “The Notorious
Juan Gotty”. In 1997, he purchased Gotty from a gentleman by the name of Tony Moore. (Tony Moore is the owner of Gray
Line Kennels in Los Angeles, California. The foundation bitch of Greyline was the late Showtime. Showtime is the producer of
Gotty’s father, ‘PR’ Greyline’s Raider 2.) He purchase Gotty for the amount of $1,300. When Gotty was approximately 7 weeks
old his sire, “Raider” passed away. When Gotty was 7 months he sired his first litter. He went on to produce many foundation
males and females including Coldens Blue Rhino, and Felony (The sire and dam of 21 Blackjack), New Troijan’s Dillenger,
Pate’s Blue Beast, Gottiline’s Monster, Do Good Big Boy, and Westside’s Capone just to name a few. Gotty is the sire of nearly
650 U.K.C. registered American Pit Bull Terriers. Since 1997, Gottiline has spread across the USA, Canada, China, the
Philippines, and Japan. Juan Gotty will go down in history as one of the greatest dogs in the bully style movement.