Herbst Knife-Making Academy
HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY
We are proud to introduce the HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY, We are a father-and-son team who develops and promotes the art of handmade knives as a hobby or business. HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY is located in the north of Pretoria, South-Africa, where knives are handcrafted by Gawie and Thinus Herbst. Gawie and Thinus both are award-winning members of the Knife-makers Guild of Southern Africa. They have received several awards for their outstanding designs and craftsmanship. All the designs and materials used in the production of HERBST knives are reflective of the uniquely rich South African environment.
Not only do we make exceptional knives but we also have knife-making courses available that is completely, hands-on. One can choose between three different courses during which you will have the opportunity to learn how to design and make your own knife. These courses include a fixed-blade knife-making course, a basic folder knife-making course(slip-back) and a liner-lock folder knife-making course. We are very proud of our hands-on knife-making courses. During these courses we will guide you to make the knife of your dreams. We will supply you with the materials that you will need to make your own knife as well as a step-by-step manual. The courses teaches you the basic techniques of knife-making. Once you have mastered these techniques you can progress on to the more complicated knife-making skills. When you have completed the course you will be the proud owner of a handmade knife, etched with your name on the blade.
As there is very limited knife-making equipment available in South Africa, Gawie and Thinus decided to design and manufacture their own unique range of highly specialized knife-making machines. These machine became very popular among the true hobbyist and professional knife-maker and today HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY is one of the leading manufactures of knife-making machines, tools and contact wheels in the world. WWW.HERBST.CO.ZA
Gawie started to make knives as a hobby in1985.
His passion and love for this hobby inspired him to pursue this as a career in 1998.
Gawie is an extremely talented knife-maker. He is constantly looking for more creative ways to improve his skill as a knife maker. He is the first knife-maker to master decorative laser-cutting through blades. Gawie is particularly known for his spectacular African designs, especially the designs of the Big Five.
Since he started his career as a knife-maker he won frequent awards for his marvelous knives and became a member of the Knife-makers Guild of Southern Africa in 2001. He won the prize for the Best Newcomer on the Guild Show that year.
He and his son, Thinus, started the Herbst Knife-making Academy with great success. To date approximately 4500 students attended knife-making courses presented by the Academy.
Gawie is also well known for being a trendsetter. As there is very limited knife-making equipment available in South Africa he decided to design and manufacture his own unique range of highly specialized knife-making machines. These machines became very popular among the true hobbyist and professional knife-maker and today he is one of the leading manufacturers of knife-making machines in the world.
Gawie believes that as PROVERBS 22:29 states “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men” and he try to live this believe through his work. WWW.HERBST.CO.ZA