The Knife Makers' Guild of Southern Africa


Knifemakers exhibiting at this years show

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THORBURN ANDRÉ ANDRE THORBURN - KNIVES MY LIFE , MY PASSION FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER – I HAVE BEEN NUTS ABOUT KNIVES. I CARRIED A ‘BEST’ KNIFE WITH ME AND WAS THRILLED WHEN MY BROTHER ...
BERNARD ARNO ...
RIETVELD BERTIE I made my first knife in my final year at school, the year was 1979. My interests were all things mechanical and to make things by hand, to this end I qualified as a Mechanical En...
COETZEE BRIAN ...
SCHOEMAN CORRIE ...
SKINNER DAVE In 2011 I got hooked on forged knives and Damascus after attending an introductory course at Heavin Forge with Mastersmiths Kevin and Heather Harvey. Started forging later that yea...
RAUSCH DEREK Rausch Engineering Derek Rausch qualified as an Instrument Maker through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Once qualified, he established Rausch Engineering in...
HORN DES I am an international award winning knife maker with over 40 years experience. My passion is using the best quality materials achievable with outstanding fit and finish. I believe...
MASSYN FRANCOIS ...
DICKERSON GAVIN From a very young age I have always had a love of knives and started collecting mostly factory knives. After reading an article about the first Knife Makers Guild show, held in Joh...
BAARTMAN GEORGE ...
MÜLLER GEORGE GF ...
MÜLLER GÜNTHER GR Born in Bregenz, Austria, I immigrated to South Africa, with my parents, at age five. I went to trade school, majoring in woodwork and technical drawing. After school, I enrolled a...
ROODT HENNING Born in Bethlehem, Freestate, raised and schooled in Roodepoort, Gauteng. At a young age I visited the Durban Easter Knife Show and told my family that one day I wanted to make kn...
BLOMERUS HERUCUS Herucus Johannes Blomerus was born in 1958 in Uptington, Northen Cape, and grew up in Pretoria. From an early age he has been interested in knives, and as a young boy his pocket mo...
CONNAN JACK I make mainly Straight razors and have a huge passion for them . Also really love miniature knives but i have done bits and pieces of just about everything els ...
DE KOCK JACO I was born in November 1967 in Kleksdorp and grew up in the old Western Transvaal and Cape province. Like all young men from that generation I played with knives, catapults, slings...
WAHL JAN As with most men, knives and swords have prickled my fancy since I can remember. It started with a plastic knife that came with a cowboy toy set when I was five years old. As I g...
ARNOLD JOHN ...
WILMOT JOHN I have been interested in knives ever since I can remember, and as a youngster I used to make crude knives using my father's tools, incurring his wrath at the same time. After comp...
HARVEY KEVIN My interest in knives began at the age of 12. I was introduced to the craft by my late Grandfather who made knives as a hobby. The knifemaking bug bit me hard and I have never been...
PRINSLOO LOURENS ...
BECKER ORTON The knife making bug got to me in 1995 after I received a knife made by a former classmate of mine(the late Conrad Pienaar of Bloemfontein).This inspired me to attend a demonstrati...
BRONKHORST PEET ...
COETZEE RUCUS My Name is Rucus Coetzee, I was born in 1991, started making knives in 2010 under Master Smiths Kevin and Heather Harvey. I worked under them full time for 3 years, in that time...
LOMBARD SP (FANIE) ...
BOTHMA THINUS I was interested in knives from a very young age. I suppose it was because my Dad had a bowie/hunting type of knife that I used to play with and was quite fascinated by this knife ...
MULLER WESLEY I am a part time knifemaker who started making knives in 1986. I make my knives using the stock removal method and work with various steels. Namely Bohler N690, ATS34, K110 and Dam...
MITCHELL ALAN I have been a part time maker from 2013 and enjoy making forged knives. ...
SMITH STUART I Have been forging knives full time since 2004. I have a passion for and specialise in scandinavian style blades. I also love bowies and find that I have to reign myself in becaus...
VAN DEN BERG NEELS As an American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Bladesmith, I spend most of my time in my studio workshop. Almost every second is dedicated to learning and / or perfecting some or ano...
VAN DER MERWE WILLIE I was born in Lichtenburg, in the North West Province of South Africa, in 1964. I qualified as an Automotive Machinest in 1985, and worked in this trade for 10 years, after which I...
BOTES DAVID ...
PRETORIUS NEELS ...
MANSER RIAAN ...
DU PLESSIS HENDRIK My love for knife-making started in December 2014 with my first fixed blade beginner course. Thereafter I was hooked and dedicated all my free time (and money) in honing my skill a...
GOOSEN PIETER Growing up I always had hobbies from candle making in primary school to leather work in high school. I started working for Eskom and qualified as an electrician After that I contin...
VAN ZYL DE WET ...
ENGELBRECHT CORNELIUS ...
WILKE JEAN My road to KGSA... The story of my journey to become a guild member at the age of 18years, 2 months. “As Chairman, congratulations and welcome to the guild.” These words meant th...
KRUGER FRIK ...
HECHTER KOBUS ...
MOSTERT HELGARD ...

The Non Guild 2023 competition is on, make a Loveless style hunter!

Knife below by Neill Schutte

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Click here to read an instructional guide to making a Loveless style guard written by Gavin Dickerson.

 

The Guild Show is on! Masks off and let's see you there on the 29th and 30th of July.



Congratulations to Neels Van Den Berg and Henning Wilkinson

Neels Van Den Berg was awarded the title of Mastersmith by the American Bladesmith Society. He joins Kevin and Heather Harvey as the only South African knife makers to have achieve the title. Well done Neels!

The 5 knives submitted by Neels

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The dagger below was recognised as the best submission for Mastersmith

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Henning Wilkinson won the Blade Show 2022 Best Fighter with an outstanding piece of art

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The knife is more than a tool. It is more than something to use when cutting a rope or gutting a fish. It is more than an implement to slice meat or prepare a meal. It is more than a sharp object able to save lives in a desperate situation.  From the first knife until now, we use it every day, we use it almost unwittingly to butter bread, open a package, remove a splinter.  It is the most versatile tool we ever made and we use it every day without even realising it.

It is mankind's earliest tool and to hold it is to allow that old memory to resurface and remind ourselves that the knife represents far more than a sharp edge.

It is an extension of our mind and hand, it can be our survival, our adventure.

But it must have purpose, it must fulfil its function. And that purpose must be built with beauty.

It must allow the hand that holds it to love the design in the same way the maker did when the idea of that knife was considered before it came to be.

Guild Show

The South African knifemaking scene has many different players and exhibitions that feature at least some knives, including a variety of ‘outdoor’ and ‘sporting’ type exhibitions. The exhibition of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa is an annual event held in Johannesburg, The 2022 show will be held at Kyalami Estate on the 29th and 30th of July.

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Guild Members

We all have different reasons for being members of the Guild, but the most important reasons are to make the best quality knives possible and to submit our knives for peer group evaluation during the annual Guild show. Click the button below to view who our Guild members are and the fantastic, skillfully crafted knives they have on offer.

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Become a Member

Applying for membership of the Knifemakers Guild of South Africa is a major step forward in your knifemaking “career”. Membership of the Guild serves as a guarantee of quality to buyers. The question is often asked: What does the Guild offer me? Click the button below to view the benefits of being a Guild member, as well as the evaluation requirements and steps.

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