Deceased Estates with Knifemaking Equipment

Losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching affair. If you do have a workshop that you would like to clear, here are some resources to help you do that and not get ripped off at the same time.

Losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching affair. Should you find yourself in this circumstance, please allow us to convey our deepest condolences for your loss.

Winding up and estate can take months and that’s even with the lawyers, helping you along the way. But once all the legal items are out of the way, what do you do with all that equipment and tooling that’s in the workshop or garage?

An old joke but one that is particularly relevant right now is the one that goes (also true for fishing equipment):

My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will try to sell all my knifemaking equipment for what I told her I paid for it.

Unkown knifemaker after buying more stock

This is a very real fear and it happens more than you think. I’ve seen many examples where items that are considered “worthless” have simply been thrown away, when in fact it was worth a significant amount.

  • The usual culprit is knife steel. Each length of knife steel can be worth more than R1000 or even more if it’s a high-end stainless or damascus steel. 
  • Wood and other handle materials are also up there on the list as some blocks can retail for R600 or more depending on the type.

If you do have a garage or workshop that you would like to start clearing space so you can actually park your car in there for the first time in years, there are a few options for you. These will help you sell the items faster and at a better price.

Contact the club. The members both new and old are always looking for more or better equipment and are 9/10 times happy to take it off your hands. If not, the knifemaking community within South Africa is a tightly knitted one and we can at least help find buyers in the wider community on your behalf.

Practical Tips: 

  1. Details: It doesn’t matter what you are selling, the more detail you can provide the better. It also helps buyers every reason to trust you.
  2. Pictures: Try including a few photos of each item from various angles.

If you’re tech-savvy or have already created listings on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, consider posting links to the following Facebook groups so that the members can find them.

Facebook groups to post to: