Materials

Benchmark Steel

All steels used are recognised in the knife industry as benchmark steels. They have been around for a long time and have a proven track record.

  • D2  – High Alloy Tool Steel
  • Very hard wearing (holds a good edge)
  • Good toughness (hard to break)
  • Stain  Resistant (not quite stainless but very stain resistant)
  • ATS 34 – High Alloy Stainless Steel
  • Very hard wearing (holds a good edge)
  • Very good toughness (very hard to break)
  • Stain Resistant – it is classed as a Stainless Steel
  • 440C – High Alloy Stainless Steel
  • Hard wearing (holds a good edge)
  • Good toughness (when properly tempered)
  • Best stain Resistance–Stainless Steel (best around salt water)
  • Stainless Steel Damascus (Company – Damasteel)
  • Stainfree patterned bladesteel manufactured in Sweden using powder metallurgy technology

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. The blade contains two different steels they etch at different rates which clearly exposes the layers and brings out the pattern.

Handle Materials

Australian Hardwoods–Australia has some of the hardest and most durable timbers in the world. Australian Antler, Australian Buffalo Horn, Mother of Pearl, Micarta, Mammoth Ivory.

Sheaths

  • Each knife has a handstitched leather sheath individually crafted by me to suit each knife
  • Made from 3.5 mm cowhide
  • Most of my more expensive knives (over $350 – $400) come with a more elaborate sheath. For example, exotic inlay panels made from a variety of tanned leathers (snake, emu, fish, cane toad) some have an ‘onlay’ panel of Australian Crocodile.
  • Pictures of knife sheath can be emailed on request