Articles published on this page will be on various topics related to knife making and will range from knife design and development to detailed metallurgical aspects of knife making. I am a Metallurgist by profession with over 40 years experience in commercial heat treatment so if you have any questions please let me know and I’ll publish an answer.
I may even publish a bit of knife history sometime (I just love the story behind the Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger!!!).
If you’d like any specific topic to be covered please just click on the contact form at the bottom of the page and let me have your ideas on what you’d like to see.
QUENCHING Following much discussion on Facebook recently (Jan 2017) I thought I’d put pen to paper (or at least today’s electronic equivalent) in the hope that I can answer some of the more commonly recurring questions. My main problem is trying not to make this too...read more
I was both honoured and humbled recently to be asked to make 5 Fairbairn-Sykes commando daggers for our 5th Special Forces in Phalaborwa to celebrate their 21st Anniversary. 1994 - 2015read more
There are several heat treatment processes applicable to knife making and the intention of this article is to debunk some of the myths that surrounding this aspect of our art. The processes that we need to understand are stress relieving, annealing, normalising,...read more
Stainless steels are, simply put, carbon steels with enough added alloys to make them corrosion resistant. However, there’s more to it than that because there’s an added benefit in that Stainless Steels will, generally, produce the better knife when compared to Carbon...read more
In its simplest form, steel is an alloy of Iron and Carbon. It can be hardened if it contains sufficient, but not too much, Carbon. Theoretically, this range is from 0.008%C to 2.08%C (by weight) but for our purposes 0.5% to 1.2%C represents a steel that is practical...read more