FAQ

METHOD  OF  PAYMENT?

AUSTRALIA Direct Debit – (my preferred method)   Contact me  for my banking  details for this method. Paypal–Payment by Paypal is fast, efficient and safe. Paypal is free and a variety of Credit Cards are accepted. We will receive immediate notification once you have made your payment, which enables your item to be quickly dispatched. (see ‘KNIVES FOR SALE) This is generally the fastest method of payment. www.paypal.com.au Money Orders or Cheques – I  DO  ACCEPT   money orders or cheques . Money Orders can be purchased from Australia Post. You need to allow 1-7 days for it to be delivered to us. Once received we consider the Money Order as good as cash and can immediatly post your item. Contact me  for my postal address Unfortunately Credit Cards are NOT accepted

INTERNATIONAL

Direct Debit – accepted – (same as Australia – see above) Paypal–accepted (same as Australia – see above) Unfortunately Credit Cards are NOT accepted Cheques in International Currencies are NOT accepted ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHAT  IS  THE  COST  OF  POSTAGE  AND WHO  DO  YOU  USE?

Within Australia – We use Australia Post. -Cost- this depends on the size and weight – see below regarding Postage for knives already in ‘FOR SALE(if you are purchasing a knife from ‘FOR SALE’  then postage is already calculated for both Australia and International) International  – Cost – contact me  to discuss or see above Sent by Airmail and Australia Post.(please see below ‘What countries do you post to?) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHAT  COUNTRIES  DO  YOU  POST  TO?

This depends on local laws and customs officials. Please check with your appropriate authorities if you are not sure. Buyers are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, State and Federal. …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

*** HOW  DO  I  TAKE  CARE  OF  ONE  OF  YOUR  KNIVES? ***

After use, clean and dry the blade. I use a canauba wax on my blades and handles. When not in use I recommend knives ‘NOT’ be stored in their sheaths as leather can react with the steel – even Stainless Steel. Try not to subject knives to extremes of heat or cold. i.e. below 0 degrees  ‘C’  or above 40 degrees ‘C’ (Celsius) as this can cause movement of handle materials. Do NOT put knife in a dishwasher or leave immersed in water. The knife is designed for cutting and in some cases for light chopping. The knife is NOT designed to be a ‘pry bar’ or ‘screwdriver’ – although the steel in the knife is very strong, heavy sideways force may cause the knife to break. All my knives are made from the best materials I can source, and are constructed to be strong and  durable. With care they should last a lifetime and if not worn out, maybe even longer! ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

WILL  MY  KNIFE  RUST?

Not if  you take care of it. There is no completely ‘rust proof’ tool steel. When carbon is added to steel then it can corrode! (see question above. –‘ How do I take care of one of your handcrafted knives’) Simply put:
  • Clean your knife,
  • Keep it dry.
  • Wax it occasionally
I find its best NOT to store it in the sheath when not in use. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

HOW  DO  YOU  GET  THE  PATTERN  ON  THAT  BLADE ? (referring to my Handforged Carbon Damascus)

see article in ‘Australian  Hunter’ Magazine  September,2010 edition Page 65-‘The Damascus Skinner Project’

I  make my Damascus by forge welding a billet, which consists of several layers of two different types of steel. Once the billet is welded it is drawn out to a suitable length and allowed to slowly cool. The forged billet is ground to clean metal and cut into equal length pieces. These pieces are then used to form a new billet. The new billet is then welded and drawn out and the process is repeated until I produce  a billet which contains  the amount of layers I require. The amount of layers will depend on the intended  pattern and size of the blade. The billet is then rough forged to the blade shape and given a pattern by removing metal in various geometric  patterns. The rough forged and patterned ‘blank’ is then reforged to the shape of the blade. From this final forging the blade is hand ground and polished. The final stage is to etch the blade … because the blade contains two different steels they etch at different  rates which clearly exposes the layers and brings out the pattern. ……………………………………………………………………………………….. IS  THERE  A  GUARANTEE? All of my knives are built to last if treated with care. – (see above) Any problems contact me to discuss Natural Handle Materials may be subject to movement in certain climates. ………………………………………………………………………………………

HOW  OLD  DO  I  HAVE  TO  BE  TO  PURCHASE  ONE  OF  YOUR  KNIVES?

KNIVES ARE NOT FOR SALE TO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

So by purchasing knives from my website you are acknowledging that you are over 18 years of age. ……………………………………………………………………………………..

HOW  MUCH  TIME  DOES  IT  TAKE  TO  MAKE  A  KNIFE?

That depends on the knife. A simple ‘hunter’ may take approximately 2 ½ days  including the sheath. On the other hand  I have spent almost a month making one knife ………………………………………………………………………………….

DO  YOU  DO  HOLLOW  GRINDS ?

No. I do flat grinds. ………………………………………………………………………………………….. DO  YOU  MAKE SWORDS? No, I  only do blades up to 12” (300 mm) …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. DO  YOU  MAKE  FOLDING  KNIVES? No, I only make Fixed Blades. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

DO YOU DO ‘CUSTOM ORDERS’/ KNIVES TO MY DESIGN?

No, sorry I don’t do Custom Orders …………………………………………………………………………………………

DO  YOU   DO  REPAIRS/ ALTERATIONS / RESTORATIONS?

No. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHAT  TYPES  OF  STEEL / HANDLE  MATERIALS  DO  YOU  USE  IN  YOUR  KNIVES?

see Materials from the ‘Home Page’ ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. IS  A  SHEATH  INCLUDED  IN  THE  PRICE? Absolutely! ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. DO  YOU  MAKE  THE  KNIVES  AND  THE  SHEATHS? Yes,  I make all of my knives from start to finish and I handstitch the leather sheaths. I also take all the photographs you see on the website. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  HAVE  YOU  WON  ANY  AWARDS? Yes. Best Tactical – Canberra Knife Show – 2007 Best Damascus in Show – Canberra Knife Show – 2009 (a picture of this knife can be found on the top border of the Home Page) – Buffalo Horn handle/ Stingray panel on black leather sheath. (pictures of either knife can be emailed on request) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. DO  YOU  ANSWER  KNIFE  MAKING  QUESTIONS? Sorry, no….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..    

Carbon Damascus (hand forged by myself), Damasteel (Stainless Damascus), ATS 34, and 440C Stainless and D2. Handle materials used are mainly natural products (i.e. Mammoth Ivory, Australian Buffalo Horn, Antler, Mother of Pearl, Australian Hardwood). I also use Micarta and other embellishments like turquoise mosaic pins etc.