First Name: Gavin
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Telephone: 084 250 1050
Web Site:
Does Courses: No
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Profile: 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 Johannesburg, I decided that I would like to try my hand at making one for myself.

In 1982 under the guidance of Billy Kojetin (BillyK) I started making my first knife and since then I have been unable to stop myself. On the 16 January 1995 I became a member of the Knife Makers Guild of Southern Africa.

I enjoy making any type of knife from hunters and skinners to fighting knives, display daggers and folding knives. I also enjoy making miniature knives and find them to be very challenging. I only use Damascus for the blades and Mammoth ivory, warthog ivory or Mother of Pearl for the handles of the miniatures.

I mainly use Bohler N690 (440C) and Damascus for my blades with stainless steel or titanium being used for the bolsters or guards. A wide variety of local and imported hard woods and natural materials (eg. Mammoth Ivory, Mother of Pearl and warthog ivory) are used for the handles.

Blade: Random Damascus
Bolster: Blued Steel
Handle: Verdite Stone
Total length: 350mm
Gents Folder
Blade: N690
Bolster: Robert Eggerling Mosaic Damascus
Handle: Elephant Ivory
Total length: 185mm
Miniature Knives and sword cane
Blade: Damascus
Bolster: Damascus
Handle: Warthog Tusk, ivory, Mammoth Ivory or Mother of Pearl
Total length: ±35mm
Miniature Multi tool
Blade: Damascus
Tools: Pliers, Drop Point Blade, Clip Point Blade, Awl, Philips screw driver, Flat screw driver with bottle opener
Handle: Titanium
Total length: 185