Photo Library Page 5
These knives have been sold. I include this library of past work for your pleasure and as a reference
A cooks knife made from Damasteel stainless damascus. I gave it a long hard etch to bring out the pattern, then polished and buffed it up to a full mirror shine. The ricasso has been textured,… little has been left out on this one.
Some file work on the butt. This photo gives a true colour rendition of the handle material. The scales are arctic spruce cone set in emerald coloured resin. The bolsters are black G10 and all the other fittings are fine silver.
A bit of file work on the spine, in a kind of ‘vine’ pattern, and a nice grooved pad for the thumb-rest.
Recently sent to a fisherman in Qld. The blade is RWL34, handle is stabilised buckeye burl and black G10. The sheath features an inlay of blue cane-toad leather.
A hunter style, just the thing for red deer. The handle is Alaskan willow tree root, stabilised by Craig Stevens. This wood had a very powerful and attractive scent which made it a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately it’s not an easy wood to find on the market. The sheath has been coloured and textured to reflect the wild nature of the wonderfully unusual wood.
I’ve just taken delivery of some new skins for sheath inlays. This colourful pile includes stingray, seabass, ‘silverfish’, tilapia and barramundi.
This is an art-deco cheese knife made to partner the rind cutting knife pictured some twenty photos below.
The idea is that the client uses the rind cutter to score and open the wheel of Parmigino-Reggiano, then reaches for this fella to push out a generous wedge. Wouldn’t you like to be sitting at that table !
The client also makes his own cheeses, both soft and matured.
The blade is mirror polished RWL34 stainless, and as a knife maker, if you’re going to all that trouble, you need to show it off in a photograph. I don’t know of any steel that takes a better polish than this one, I use it on all culinary knives, including those in my own kitchen.
I love art-deco and try to work it into knives when given half a chance. But not by bashing all the well known themes into a tight fit with a sledge hammer, more like, just the jizz of it, the uncluttered styling.
The ‘red’ timber is Brazilian Tulipwood against a black liner. This is a wonderful species of rosewood from South America. Being naturally oily, it should handle the cheesy environment well. The bolsters and butt are linen micarta.
What knife does a knife maker carry. This one ! Though I had to fool myself before I’d allow the luxury of owning it. I made it for the 2013 Adelaide Knife Show but must have been secretly conspiring to keep it in my own hands because whenever someone picked it up, I’d make all sorts of excuses not to sell it, until, eventually as the doors closed it came home with me. Success as last.
Steel is CPMS35VN at RC = 61 with cryo. Handle is clouded acacia inceana.
this is a companion knife to a larger camp knife previously ordered by the client. The handle is African black rosewood, with bolsters and butt of Brazilian bloodwood. The blade is polished RWL34
A heavy camp knife with a lengthened RWL34 blade. The handle is white cypress collected from a friends property near Dubbo in NSW.
A large camp knife with bocote handle. The blade is mirror polished RWL34.
A larger camp knife with striped ebony handle. This was one of my favourite sheaths. I was looking for texture to fill the broad flat sides and asked my 10yr old son to scour the back yard for objects. Together we rolled them into the leather and it came up a real treat. I was very happy with the contrast between the sleek ebony and rough look sheath. I tried to carry the caramel and dark brown of the wood onto the sheath, so they are similar but not the same, ‘complimentary’ would be the word.
A light hunter/skinner made from mirror polished RWL34, clad in the best amboyna burl I have ever had pass through my hands. This wood takes a nice polish and in my experience is much more stable than a lot of other burls. While there is amboyna on the market, there isn’t much of this quality.
A pair of karambits, made from custom damascus steel, with minititichie handles.
I had the steel made just for this project, specifically in a pattern that would not change character as the shape of a knife was ground into it. The base steel is 5160 with nickel species added.
The client ordered these knives as a present to his future bride, who is a martial arts exponent. These knives would be used in demonstrations. To get the shape right, I took mock-ups of the blades to my son’s karate classes and had the instructors critique them for design, weight, balance, etc. As luck would have it, one of the black belts was trained in knife fighting. He got me up in front of the class and had me ‘attack’ him any way I wanted with the mock-up. Oddly, and I can’t fathom how, I always ended up with the point at my own throat or ribs or laughingly, my package. It was embarrassing but sort of fun.
A large fish filletter made from polished RWL34. Bolster is 440C and handle is buffalo horn.
It takes three different coloured dyes to get the mottled effect on the sheath
When I allow myself to run my own taste in design, this is the kind of thing I like to make. An art deco paring knife, blade is mirror polished RWL34, handle is blue on blue dymondwood with a green liner, lots of fine silver pins. The butt is a projection of rounded off, polished steel.
I took this knife to the November 2013 Adelaide Knife Show and it was the most picked up and fondled item, then the first to sell off my table.
I’ve been in contact with Nathan Foster of Terminal Ballistics Research in New Zealand. His website provides an incredible amount of very useful data and accumulated wisdom, re shooting and hunting. I drank it in and wanted to give something back in kind, so after exchanging a number of long and detailed emails, came up with this gift. The blade is 6 inches, though he wanted 6.5 to 7, it was what I had in store. The handle is curly miniritichie. Steel is 52100 hardened to 61.9 with cryo. The ‘extra’ hardness was an experiment. Nathan is a heavy user and we wanted the edge to last tough field conditions. His feedback is that it’s great. Given this, I’ll be making most similar knives that little bit harder.
This is probably one of my all time favourite builds. It’s a shortened version of the design pictured above, that was made for Nathan Foster. I liked it so much I made one for myself, see below.
This version is CPMS35VN, hardened to RC=61 with cryo. The handle is the prettiest bit of wood I’ve used to date, curly acacia inceana. This photo doesn’t do the finished handle anything like justice.
Unfortunately, the client only held the knife for a few months before it was stolen, along with two others I’d made for him. If you see it around the place please contact me.
This client wanted a pair of camp knives made from 01 carbon steel. He liked the idea of the antique look this steel gets as it stains with use. He’s also a very generous man, giving many of the knives he orders as presents to his friends, including this set. He chose the handle woods because they are related to where his friend lives.
I was wondering what to give a good mate for his 50th birthday. He’s a well to do DINK, who enjoys the occasional gathering of like minded, so I made him his own party tool.
Polished RWL34 with cryo treatment at RC-60, there’s a bottle opener one end but the other is dedicated to chopping and cutting.
What do you give someone who has all he needs, well, how about the gift of good times.
Now here’s an unusual knife. The client works as a ‘palette’ for a chocolate company but in his spare time lends his taste bud expertise to all sorts of foody causes. In particular he makes his own cheeses and belongs to a cheese making clique.
His request was for a rind cutter. An ostentatious implement that could be plunged like a dagger into a cheese wheel and pulled across the top, parting the rind, allowing access for the sharp cheese knife that follows.
He told me his next major gig is as chief cheese judge at the Royal Show and this knife will be there dishing out justice to all the cheesy samples.
The blade is RWL34 at RC=59. The handle is Malagasy Rosewood with black micarta either end.
The sheath is in matching reds and blacks, featuring a ray skin inlay on the front and some graduated dying on the tooled rear. I’ve also dyed some kangaroo lace complimenting colours and platted the strands into a lanyard which is attached with an antiqued bronze ring.
The client has requested I now make a unique cheese knife to match
I don’t like making knives identical to those I’ve made before. However in this case there was good reason.
The owner of the knife pictured in F37 used it everyday around the office, at home and also in the field. He’d had great service from the small but useful blade and was very disappointed when it was stolen, along with some watches and other personal items. He asked for a re-make and of course I would make one. Luckily I still had a small amount of the Peruvian flamewood left. Hopefully he will get the same use from this knife as he did from the previous one.
The blade is RWL34 at RC=59, cryo-treated.
These heavy duty knives are proving very popular. Ok, so they’re not all hard angles, video gamer styles and composites. Contrary to that trend, these were designed to provide a useful blade shape in a heavy package. A sharp point, a skinning curve and a flat, chopping belly. The handle is an organic, palm filling shape with no hard sharp edges that will grate on your nerves during use. Look carefully and you’ll see the changes of angle, including those on the blade spine, are all softened with a little bit of rounding so they will not rub the wrong way. Its always in the details.
The blade is RWL34, of course, at RC = 59.9 and cryo-treated. the handle is Brazilian Bloodwood.
The knife is held in a full length sheath with only the top few millimeters out, so not only is gravity working to keep it inside but also considerable friction and most of all the internal cam. The leather has been coloured with red, chocolate and black to match and contrast the bloodwood.
At 27cm overall length, its a solid package.
Here’s what the client said;
G’day Warrick, I have the knife now and what can I say but that I am very happy with it. It is an amazing piece of craftsmanship that shows the skill and detail not seen in a mass produced item. The knife is large and solid (you did say that the weight might be an issue but I feel that this is as close to perfect as you can get for a work tool) and fits the hand like a glove. The handle is magnificent to hold and to just look at. The sheath is in my eyes just as good, a stunning piece of work that complements the knife but also provides a very secure means of transport for it. It was tight the first few times but now comes out with just the right force. You stated that you “didn’t do ugly” and how right you were. The only problem I can see is that I’m going to spend 5min just admiring it every time I pull it out of it’s sheath. Thank you very much for producing exactly what I wanted and at an extremely fair price. I’m going to start saving now for another one in a few months (thinking of a much smaller utility knife, a little sister to this big brother). A very happy owner of one of your knifes
C.E. of Victoria
A large, solid knife made from 5mm thick RWL34, heated to RC=59 and cryo-treated.
Here’s what the client said;
Hi the knife arrived safe in the post yesterday afternoon. I am overwhelmed by the quality, its a stunning piece of work in my opinion. What a wonderful sample of wood. The contours and profile fit my hand perfectly. I’m so so pleased.
C.C.H. from WA
The handle is made from miniritichie. Shaped into an organic coke-bottle that fills the palm and provides a secure feeling in the hand.
Miniritichie is a very solid and hard wearing inland acacia. It has been filled with around fifteen very thin coats of gun stock finish and sanded back to the wood.
This is a heavy bladed knife for the hard tasks.
Hey, its even mirror polished so in a pinch you can flash that rescue helicopter!!
A medium sized rabbitter or utility of mirror polished RWL34
Handle is bocote, one of my favourite woods. When first worked it shows black markings over a yellowish background but in time this yellow will turn a very sumptuous coffee colour.
The brass has been hand engraved by Garry Mitton with a simple scroll.
The sheath features a four colour dye scheme, grading from black through to yellow, overall, matching the tones of the knife.
This blade is brushed Sandvik 12C72 hardened to RC=58 and cryo-treated.
The handle is Californian desert ironwood. After polishing out to 2000grit I have used a finishing technique shown to me by a rifle maker. The handle is given a fine layer of hardening oils, cut back with 1200 grit to the wood. This process was repeated three times a day for a week before the final deep gloss is achieved.
All surfaces of the sheath were dyed, treated, edges rounded and sealed prior to sewing. This sheath looks as good inside as out.