I’ve always appreciated the craftsmanship in custom made knives, and have collected a few over the years. After attending the Durban Easter Knife Show (DEKS) shows three years ago, I decided it was something I wanted to pursue and finally got started making knives in 2017.
Initially I thought it would be something I could just figure out on my own, reading forumns or watching youtube videos, but soon realized that to achieve the standard of fit and finish I would be happy with, I would need a bit more help. So I completed a course with an experienced maker with an exceptional eye for detail, Stefan Diedericks. The course was extremely helpful in learning the finer details of knife making and the importance of attention to detail, which I felt was a great foundation for knife making.
My favorite maker of all time has to be Bob Loveless and one of the main goals I wanted to achieve as a maker was to make a quality drop point hunter. Although a challenging knife to make especially for a new maker, I managed to complete my first one six months after I started knife making. A lot of my earlier knives were Loveless inspired and still are today.
In my first year I’ve learnt a great deal but what I have certainly learnt is that knife making isn’t just about making a knife, it’s about making a quality piece that you can be proud of, something that’s functional and will hopefully be around for years to come.
Although a part time maker, I certainly have aspirations of becoming a member of the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa in the near future.
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