The Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa

The 2024 Guild Show is on! Let's see you at the Mosaiek Lifestyle Center on the 30th and 31st of August 2024.

The Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa was founded in 1980 as a way to promote the skills and craft of handmade knives, as well as set standards that the public could trust. A guild (/ɡɪld/ GILD) is an association of artisans and merchants who oversee the practice of their craft in a particular territory.

The purposes of the Guild are to promote custom knives and knifemakers, to assist and mentor knifemakers with both technical and marketing support and to encourage and promote ethical and
professional conduct, thus ensuring collectors get the best possible knives.

Members meet once a year to conduct Guild business where we elect an Executive Committee to take care of the running of the Guild. This meeting is held at the same time as our annual show.

Hundreds of collectors, sportsmen and knife enthusiasts attend the annual show and get the opportunity to meet the makers as well as buy unique handcrafted knives, from their favorite artists.

To join the Guild, a prospective member has to submit a written application, get the support of an existing member, and submit five examples of their work. The work is evaluated by a committee and all submitted examples must pass.

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 2024 show will be held at the Mosaiek Lifestyle Center on the 30th and 31st of August.

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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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