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First Name:Erich
Surname:VOSLOO
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Member Type:VOTING MEMBERS
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Telephone:(+27)73 232 1562
Email:erichvosloo@gmail.com
Web Site:http://www.erichvosloo.co.za
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Profile:Erich Vosloo
66 Saint Aubyn Road
New Redruth
Alberton
1449
Republic of South Africa

Tel home: (+27)11 907 4632
Mobile: (+27)73 232 1562

I was born in Thabazimbi, in the Northern Province of South Africa, in 1952. I qualified as a medical doctor at Pretoria University and am still in part time practice.

I ground my first knife, a dagger, in 1979 from a fully hardened file on a back yard bench grinder and shaped the handle on an electric hand drill. After completing a few of these as presents to my friends, I decided my other hobbies like model ship building and fishing were much more fun.

I met Kevin Harvey at Gold Reef City in 1999 and completed my first knife making course there. Subsequent courses with Andrè Thorburn and numerous visits to other knife makers shaped me in the art of knife making. During this time I also attended a jewellery making and gold smithing course.

In 2002 I became a member of the Knife Makers Guild of Southern Africa. I am also a member of the Southern African Bladesmiths’ Association which led to me making my own damascus steel.

My true passion is to create elegant art and gentleman’s folders. They are predominantly liner lock interframes and feature a variety of inlay materials like mother-of-pearl, stone and other exotic materials.

All my knives are presented and sold in boxes made from indigenous hard woods. These boxes are made by the master craftsman Brian Coetzee. A signed and dated certificate plaque of the features of the knife is also placed in the lid of the box.

Marianna, my lovely wife, a knowledgeable and stern critic of my work, inspects every knife in detail before it leaves the workshop. She also makes the inside cradles for the knife boxes and fits the plaques in the lids.

Liner Lock Folder
Engraved stainless steel handle with Leopard Stone inlays, Damma steel blade with 24ct gold and fine silver opening beads, 210mm overall length.
Winner of Gentleman's Folder category, 2017 annual KGSA show.
Liner lock folder
'Flower Duet' Set:

The 'Arum Lily' Knife
Both the solid Zirconium handle slabs are inlaid with 24ct yellow gold, 18ct green gold and silver. Both sides also feature a 3D hand sculpted white Mother-of-pearl flower with a 24ct gold pestle.
The blade is Damma steel with gold and silver opening beads and the overall length of the knife is 211mm.
This is one of the two knives that won the Sets category at the 2017 annual KGSA show.
The swivel mechanism of the blade runs on an IKBS-like system with 32 ceramic ball bearings.
The flowers were sculpted by the maker and the inlays and engraving was done by Julien Marchal.
Liner Lock Folder
The 'Yellow Flower' knife
The solid Zirconium handle has 24ct yellow gold, 18ct green gold and silver inlays on both sides. The handle also features a 3D hand sculpted yellow Mother-of-pearl flower with 24ct gold pestles on each side.
The blade is Damma steel with gold and silver opening beads and the overall knife length is 214mm.
This is the second of the two knives that won the Sets category at the 2017 annual KGSA show.
Liner Lock Folder
Bird and Trout folder.

The stainless steel handle on the presentation side shows a trout with black and white Mother-of-Pearl, as well as Blue Coral inlays. The rest of the handle is engraved to look like fish scales.
The Pheasant on the other side has Blue- and Red Coral, Paua shell, Pietersite stone and black Mother-of Pearl inlays. The rest of the handle is engraved to look like feathers.
Both the bird and fish are surrounded with a white Mother-of pearl inlay.
The Damma steel blade has 24ct gold and fine silver opening beads and the overall length of the knife is 232mm.
The swivel mechanism of the blade runs on an IKBS-like system with 32 ceramic ball bearings.
Engraving by Julien Marchal.
Liner Lock Folder
Dagger folder set:
The stainless steel handles of the first dagger have Jade inlays. The thumb stud and the handle on both sides are set with Green Garnets.
The stainless steel handles of the second dagger have Midnight Sun stone inlays. The thumb stud and the handle on both sides are set with Blue Sapphires They both have Damma steel blades and the overall length of the knives are195mm.
The swivel mechanism of the blade runs on an IKBS-like system with 32 ceramic ball bearings.
Engraving by Helene van Wyk.