Knifemaking Suppliers in South Africa

Finding the right supplier can be a daunting task in itself and can save you a huge amount of time, effort and money. Here is a list of knifemaking suppliers that we use on a day to day basis.

KZNKnifeMakers.co.za was created to promote to raise the profile of handmade custom knives in the province as well as to act as a resource for individuals looking to start out making knives for the first time.

When you start out making knives, either as a hobby or professionally, finding the right knife-making supplier can be a daunting task in itself. Being a member of a knife club certainly helps to leverage the wider group’s experience and knowledge and can point you in the right direction, which will save you a huge amount of time, effort and money.

Below you’ll find a list of knifemaking suppliers that many of the knife-makers (both professional and hobbyists) on this site use themselves on a day-to-day basis. This means that your learning curve is accelerated, life is easier and you can make the knives you want.

Consumables / Tools:

  • Stefan Diedericks Knife Supplies is a great local resource we have, backed with years of knifemaking experience. Stefan and Charmaine will be able to supply you with proven supplies.
  • First Cut: Good reliable retailer of bandsaw blades and other cutting consumables. (031) 701 3960
  • E.I.S – Your one-stop shop for Mill ends, carbide drill bits, tools, and general workshop hardware
  • Magnum Tools: Engineering supply and tooling company.
  • Wadsworth Photo Engravers (Negatives for logos) 031 312 5010
  • Open Molds: Local supplier of Kydex.
  • KMTS: Knife machines, tools, consumables and supplies.
  • Greenhaus: Based in Salt Rock, Allen has a great selection of hard-to-find woodworking tools, finishes, and specialised knowledge.
  • Derek Raush Engineering: Supplier of tooling and folder parts.

Knife Steel / Metals:

  • Balbachdamast South Africa: South African distributors of German-made Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Mokume Damascus.
  • Stefan Diedericks Knife Supplies: 5610 Spring Steel, N690, Sandvik 14C28N
  • BÖHLER Voestalpine: Suppliers of high-quality European knifemaking steels (N690, M390, Elmax, K110, K460) based in Pinetown. Batch heat treating services.
  • Zees Knife Supplies: (1075, 1084, 52100) high carbon spring steels.
  • Non-Ferrous Metal Works: Suppliers of Copper, Brass and Aluminum
  • EuroSteel: Suppliers of Aluminium and 304, 316, and 3CR12 stainless steel.
  • Des Horn: South African distributor for Damasteel (CPT). 028 316 1795
  • Anthony Topham: Heat treatment of knife blades. Winston Park, Upper Highway.
  • Saetra: Importers of Titanium with Gr2, Gr4, Gr5 and 6Al4V ELI materials available.

Wood (Handle Scales):

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  • ProSono: Ettienne has supported knife makers for many years with certified indigenous hardwoods from all around Southern Africa.
  • EcoTimbres Supplier of hard and softwoods, located in Pinetown.
  • Art of Wood: Marius – Indigenous hardwoods and burls

Belt Grinding Machines:

  • Herbst: Suppliers of various grinding machines used in knifemaking.
  • Vormac Grinding Machines: new kid on the block, with a more compact design.
  • Trinity 7 Forge: Garth Fletcher manufactures belt grinders, attachments and power hammers.
  • Drakon Forge: Suppliers for bladesmithing & blacksmithing tools
  • CFP Technologies: Building your own or upgrading, Neels is your first port of call for motors and variable speed controllers (VSDs). Excellent support.

Laser Cutting:

  • CET : Popular steel plate laser cutter based in Pinetown. Have your knife blanks cut out for you.
  • EtchAfrica : Great and reliable laser cutter/engraver for your wooden boxes in Pinetown.
  • Afriqcut: Trusted by the best, for their pinpoint tolerances and water jet cutting. Based in Pretoria.
  • Laser Profiling: Laser and Waterjet cutting services based in Jacobs, Durban.
  • LasersRus: Laser cutting/marking, prototyping, CNC Milling. Tokkie 0836605048

Leather Work:

  • Pixie Creations : Custom Leatherwork, knife rolls and sheaths. Nicole@pixiecreations.co.za 082 495 4609
  • Ian Murray : Custom Knife Sheaths.
  • Woodheads : The original leather and tooling supplier since 1867. Based in Pinetown.

International Courier:

Joyce Steyn : If you need to ship a knife anywhere in the world, safely and reliably, Give Joyce a call. joycesteyn @ gmail.com 082 959 1253

Disclaimer:

KZNknifemakers cannot be held responsible for the service or products listed above. The following list is intended to be a service to knifemakers and not as an advert for those listed. If you have any contacts or feedback, you would like to share with other South African knifemakers, please let us know via our contact page.

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