Come and be part of our knifemaking workshop with Willie van Niekerk of Kiwi Blade Knives.
Willie van Niekerk is a knifemaker who is originally from South Africa. He first fell in love with knife making on a survival course when he was 16 years old and has been making tactical, hunting, fishing, and kitchen knives ever since.
Passionate about the outdoors, sustainability, and respecting the environment, he tries to get out into the wild as often as possible – that is, when he is not cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
To read more about Willie’s thoughts on design and his long time passion for knife making, click here
Who is this course designed for?
The knife making workshop is one tailored especially to beginner knife makers (although there is also scope for people with a bit of knife making experience under their belt to learn new tips and tricks of the trade as well).
What kind of knife can I make?
The knife you will be making will be one of your own design from 01 tool steel (within a certain framework of guidelines).
In the morning, Willie will give you a length of steel (roughly the size of a kitchen paring knife length) and will walk you through the different approaches that you might take toward designing your knife. Diagrams and design suggestions will be available.
Then the making begins!
What will I learn and what kinds of machinery will I be using?
The workshop will include cutting your knife (using an angle grinder), shaping it and bevelling using a linisher, drilling holes for the handle, heat treating it in the forge,
quenching and hardening the steel, tempering the steel, polishing the blade, choosing, fitting, and shaping a wooden handle and sharpening the blade.
Book by emailing Willie firstname.lastname@example.org