The 2018 Non-Guild knife competition for 2018/2019 is now on.
The knife to make this year is a hidden tang hunter (The Veld Knife by Kevin Harvey) that will be judged at the 2019 Guild Show.
- The competition may be entered by any non-guild member, who is a citizen of any country in Southern Africa.
- The competition will be administered by the committee member of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa.
- You may submit more than one knife – but only one will qualify for a prize.
- The entry fee is R150 ZAR per knife entered. Proof of payment into the Guild’s bank account to be included with your submission.
- All knives must be delivered to Kevin Harvey no later than 30 June 2019.
All the knives entered will be displayed for the duration of the Guild’s annual knife show in 2019. Show dates to be announced. The top Ten makers will be informed of their knives having been placed in the top ten, so they may attend the prizegiving to be held on the Saturday of the show at 12 noon.
Sponsors for the 2018/2019 competition for Non-Guild members
- R800 Evaluation fee (valid for one year), Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa (KGSA)
- R10’000 in vouchers, Knife Machines, and Tools (KMTS)
- R5’000 worth of Stainless Damascus Steel, Balbachdamast South Africa
- 55 Blocks of handle material, ProSono Timbers
- 5160 Carbon Steel, Black Dragon Forge
- Stainless Knife Steel, Albie Wantenaar
- Mosaic Damascus Bolsters, Heavin Forge
It is with great pleasure and pride that Balbachdamast South Africa is a sponsor for the competition. We aim to help local knifemakers with their craft and to be able to help new knifemakers, is always an honor. Good luck to all.
Introduction and Insights by Kevin Harvey
- The information in the tutorial is shared in good faith and represents the way Kevin goes about making a knife of this kind. He cannot be held responsible for accidents in your workshop, or failure of this method to work for you. Your safety and success depends on you alone
- There are many ways to make a knife as there are types of knives. Your method will be determined by materials being used, your equipment, and your skill level. We hope that you find the information useful. If you do have a smarter way of doing something, then please share it.
The tutorial below has detailed photos of the making of the “Veld Knife” and these together with the descriptions of the photos can be downloaded or obtained by contacting Kevin or Heather Harvey for a link to the dropbox pdf file.
Best of luck to you and thank you for entering this competition.