DEKS – Durban Easter Knife Show

The Durban Easter Knife Show (aka DEKS) has been a feature of the annual knife enthusiasts calendar in Durban for more than 30 years (since April 1985). The show draws exhibitors from across the country and in previous years buyers have come from as far afield as Germany, Portugal, and the USA to see the best handmade knives under one roof.

When & Where

The show is held over 2 days (Friday and Saturday), coinciding with the Easter long weekend at the Aha Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge, on the corner of the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Crowds at the Durban Easter Knife Show
Crowds at the Durban Easter Knife Show

DEKS features the craftwork of experienced knifemakers, many of whom are members of the Knife Guild of Southern Africa, and continues to be a platform for new knife makers to show their talents. Some of the makers are internationally known for their high-quality wares. This means you will be able to see and purchase the work of Guild members who regularly exhibit overseas as well as the more affordable work of newer makers.

Many of the newer makers will build international reputations, with the result that knives from these craftsmen could appreciate dramatically in years to come. If you are not looking for an investment but just want a unique custom-made knife for everyday use (EDC), you will be able to purchase knives, superior to store-bought mass-produced ones at very reasonable prices.

Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa makers whose work you will be able to see and purchase includes Lourens Prinsloo, Francois Massyn, Stuart Smith, Neels van den Berg (Black Dragon Forge) and De Wet van Zyl (Darkwing Blades) to mention a few.

Rudi Mullers table at DEKS showing knives and awards
Rudi Muller Knives table display with his award.

The makers are only too happy to talk about their craft and anyone interested in taking up knife-making as a hobby is welcome to ask questions and learn more from these specialists (look at the various knifemaking courses available). Many of the makers are experts on knives in general and would love to talk to you about any aspect of knives or advise you about that knife you inherited from your grandfather.

Knifemaking equipment and materials are exhibited and on sale. View our recommended suppliers for more information.

Even those who have little interest in knives will be fascinated by the skill, science, and artistry of these works. If you have young children, then this will be the ideal opportunity for them to be educated about what knives are all about, including how to handle, sharpen and care for a good knife.

For more information on attending the show as a visitor or exhibitor, visit or telephone the show organiser, Beatrice on 082 908 0064.