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Australian Knife Magazine

Issue 6 November 2018 - February 2019

Australian Knife Magazine is for everyone who appreciates a well made knife. We aim to cater to makers (aspiring and established), collectors and users of every variety. We bring to you news, reviews, tips and tricks, collectors' insight from Australia and around the World. We keep you informed of latest trends in both custom and factory made edged tools with focus on high quality, detailed photos. The only publication of its type in Australia!

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editor’s say

As another year draws to a close, we are left to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the year ahead.2018 has been equally rewarding and challenging. Every major knife show held this year has seen record numbers of attendants and sales, continuing to go from strength to strength. On a personal note, I’d come to the conclusion that it was time to step down from my position of organising the Knifemakers Guild Show. Looking forward to just turning up and enjoying the Melbourne Show instead of losing sleep over it.Meanwhile, Knife Art Association (KAA) has confirmed two new shows in February of 2019 in Western Australia and Queensland (see the ad on page 19). This is going to present new opportunities and challenges for all those…

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the winners!

Over the last few months, it’s been our pleasure to give away some fantastic knives:Our first ever giveaway was also, the sweetest - a custom pairing knife from award winning maker, Mert Tansu. This went to our lucky subscriber, Bryce Harding of NSW.Then, thanks to the ongoing support and generosity of our friends at Spyderco, we were able to give away two great folding knives. On our Facebook page, we gave away this Para 3 to Matthew Simmons of NSW.At the same time, we gave away a new Spyderco Alcyone via our page on australianbladeforums.com This one went to “Nemo” from South Australia.We have lots more exciting prizes that we will be giving away in the next few months. So, if you wish to join the winners list, keep an…

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peter fegan design

“BETA” Model“FOX” Model“RMJ” ModelWhat would happen if an accomplished PhD student of industrial design turned his attention to knife designs?Crossing the boundaries of furniture and lighting design, blade art and research science. Peter is a graduate of four ascending academic degrees and currently a PhD Candidate specialising in the hybrid disciplines of ergonomics, bio-mechanics, advanced materials technologies, design science and human factors. His aim is to promote new design safety principles for hand tools, and a greater understanding of the ergonomic requirements to mitigate occupational injuries.Prolifically active over 23 years, Peter’s designs have been successful in winning 22 International Design Awards and Museum Selections, including the Powerhouse Museum and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acquisitions and curated exhibition selections.Peter has been working recently to organise the local manufacture of…

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bladeware of the first world war

Fig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4During the First World War, Australia had no established cutlery industry like the Sheffield and London knife makers. The need to fulfil the requirement for blade ware for the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) was mostly filled by the British cutlery industry. Every soldier, sailor and airman was issued with a clasp knife as part of their personal equipment.There were three basic patterns of clasp knives made by the British cutlery industry for issue to the services. While there were some variations I intend to deal only with the most common varieties.In 1913 the British Army approved a specification for "KNIFE, Clasp, with Marline Spike and Tin Opener" which was known as pattern No: 6353/1905 (fig. 1). This pattern was made by various manufacturers.The British pattern 6353/1905…

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the wire edge

Knife Grinderswww.knifeGrinders.com.auMicrocosm of ultra-sharp edges is fascinating. Edge apexes assume new mechanical attributes that are different from the metal they emanate from. And if you think that the sharpening process is responsible for this, keep reading as you are only partly right, as what makes the edge apex so special is pretty much inherent to the ultrathin steel itself.Hardness rating of the knife blade material does not translate to edge apex strength in a direct or semi-linear fashion. Hardness is definitely a contributing factor in apex stability, but not as directly translatable as some may think. From a logical standpoint, this seem like straightforward reasoning– the edge apex will be different from the rest of the blade simply because the burr formation is the result of plastic deformation, and mechanical…

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stamping a border pattern on a leather sheath

Gameco Artisan SuppliesChrome tannedVegetable tannedThis is an introduction for leather preparation and stamping a border pattern on to your project. Not all leather is the same, so first thing we need to identify is the type of leather we’re going to use for the projectThere are two basic types of tanned leather:Chrome tanned and Vegetable tanned.Chrome tanned leather has been tanned in chromium salts to make it softer. It is typically found in leather lounges, car upholstery, clothing, shoes, welding gloves and aprons etc. The other main type is Vegetable tanned leather. This tanning process consists of vegetable matter including tree bark, tannic acid and fat liquors. This type of leather is typically used in saddles, belts, knife sheaths, and any other leather that has had a pattern either carved…