Lourens Prinsloo

About Lourens Prinsloo Custom Knives

Lourens made his first knife in 1996, shortly after attending a knifemaking course with Owen Wood and became a member of the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa since 1998.

Prior to his retirement in 2016, Lourens taught engineering, graphic design, wood-work and metalwork which assisted him with the diversity and challenges that exist in creating collectors items with exotic appeal.

His main focus is making gentleman's folding knives, specifically liner locks. Lourens uses a variety of steels including his own trademark mosaic damascus, which he forges himself at his home in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Selecting suitable handle material is always a challenge as that is always something new to discover. Materials include, carbon fibre, mammoth ivory, mammoth tooth, rare burl wood, and giraffe bone to name a few.

The mosaic damascus steel that Lourens forges has won numerous awards over the years at the KGSA Guild shows (including: Best Gentleman's Folder, Best Art folder, Points of Interest and Finest Own Damascus).

Lourens regularly attends the New York Custom Knife Show, Durban Easter Knife Show, FXI Paris as well as the Knifemakers Guild of Souther Africa Shows.

Lourens Prinsloo California Burl Folder wFeather Damascus
Lourens Prinsloo Mammoth Molar Folder w/Mosaic Damascus
Lourens Prinsloo Ingwe liner lock folder with leopard skin damascus feather blade, mosaic damascus bolsters and mammoth ivory scales
Lourens Prinsloo California Burl Folder w/Twisted Radial Damasteel Blade
Lourens Prinsloo Mammoth Ivory Folder w/Cable Damascus

Contact Lourens
Telephone: +27 (0) 83 684 6423
Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.