How to Become a Member of the Guild
Applying for membership of the Knifemakers' Guild of South Africa is a major step forward in your knifemaking “career”.
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.
The question is often asked : What does the Guild offer me?
In the first instance, it provides an opportunity where the quality of your
knives are evaluated to a standard of excellence. New members often remark that
they view knives in a total new light after admission as for the first time they
understand what Guild member knives really look like.
Secondly, the Guild provides for a peer evaluation and recognition forum. No
other system will ever be more objective and valid to truthfully assess quality
and performance. Peer recognition is also the most valued acknowledgement of
Thirdly, the Guild presents an annual Guild show, usually in
July, where Guild members are invited to show their knives. This is a major
opportunity to present your knives for peer acknowledgement and to offer your
knives for sale to collectors, special guests and members of the public.
Members further enjoy multiple benefits which vary from member to member. Strong
friendships are forged, members are invited to other member’s workshops to
discover new or different ways to improve their knifemaking and to
add value to the guild by making
meaningful contributions to the art and craft of
Membership of the Guild also serves as a guarantee of quality to buyers. Should
a buyer be unhappy about the quality of the knife purchased, the Guild will
ensure that the maker rectify the quality concern.
Your application will be the first step to have the quality of your workmanship
We do expect the highest quality of workmanship and this will never be
compromised. You must achieve an average of 75% on the
five knives submitted for evaluation. Should ANY ONE of the five knives not
reach the minimum standard, irrespective of the standard of the other knives,
the applicant will NOT pass. The final score of the applicant is not disclosed.