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Australian Knife Magazine November 2017

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

Well, we did it! We managed to get a new publication off the ground, at a time when a lot of people were saying it couldn’t be done, but this is the time when it’s most needed. The support we’ve received from the community has been overwhelming, and we are thrilled to bring you this second issue. We’ve learned a great deal in a very short period of time, and hopefully this means that we are improving. In this issue we bring to you new articles and columns that didn’t make it into last issue for one reason or another, new contributors, new stories and of course new knives! We could not have picked a better time or place to launch than the Sydney Show. This is the Mecca for Aussie…

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letters to the editor

Good on you on getting the mag up and running and thanks for the comments on Keith Spencer. It was only late last year after contacting Joan, I found out that he had slipped away. I first met Keith in the early nineties in Perth after contacting him. He came round to review the first 3 knives that I made and offered advice, this gave me confidence. When we shifted to the northern goldfields, I used to send my knives down to Keith for his thoughts and critique, he never pulled any puncheswith a few he accused me of being on drugs! When visiting the big smoke I would visit Keith in Morley, the first time he came out from under his garage door wielding a sword at me, together with his purple airdale…

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weapons and edged tools of australian aborigines

He stands proud, his back straight and chest forward. His eyes are set on the distant horizon of the land that has nurtured him for 65,000 years. He reads his environment like an open book and shows the natural arrogance of those who have nothing to prove; he only obeys two rules; those of the land, and those of his tribe. He is a hunter-gatherer and a warrior who has fought and lived through many battles, but he is also a survival expert. He travels light and knows every animal and plant, the song lines and, most essentially, where and how to find water. He left Africa about 70,000 years ago, crossed the Middle East and the Asian continent, and being excellent sailor, crossed the sea between Asia and Oceania and…

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how sharp is sharp?

knifeGrinders.com.au The knife community uses a set of fanciful terms to describe sharpness. These terms, although not academically endorsed, are full of meaning as they come from real life, flesh and blood cut off our fingers. They may sound vague and not clearly defined, but are discriminative enough for us. We readily distinguish a work sharp edge from shaving sharp, and will never confuse a scary sharp knife with crazy sharp. Sharpness reflects the condition of the very edge itself, not overall performance of a knife, which is subject to cutting tests and not discussed in this article. On the one hand, we have our informal classification of sharpness, like working edge - sharp edge - fine edge etc (I am listing the full terminology in a paragraph); On the other hand, we have…

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what’s the best steel?

Steel is the heart of any knife. It is what makes a blade do what it is required to do. Every day we are asked “What is the best steel”. The question is not an easy one to answer. Define best. Best for a beginner heat treating at home? Best for a beginner out sourcing heat treating? Best to forge? Best for a chopping knife? Best for edge holding? Best for toughness? Best for a kitchen slicer? Answers to all of these questions will result in a different steel selection. At this time Gameco Artisan Supplies offers over 40 different blade steel compositions for cutlery applications and all have their strengths and weaknesses. Before we look at these different steels by name or number, we first should understand exactly what makes up a steel. To…

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fakes on sale!

Counterfeits, fakes, copies, replicas, there are many terms that are thrown around, but in Australia we call them “knock offs”. From designer jeans, fancy watches and pens, tools and guitars, it is hardly a surprise that top quality knives are copied too. As long as we’ve had inventors and innovators, there’s also been unscrupulous businessmen too happy to make a quick dollar or ten by cashing in on the hard work done by others. So who are the victims? They are the honest manufacturers, investing a large portion of their revenue into research and development as well as marketing. The victims are also the consumers who fall victim to the con, in seeking a bargain they waste their hard earned dollars on a worthless lie. But sadly, that’s not really…

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