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Australian Knife Magazine February 2018

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 I’m sitting down to write the editor’s column, instead of writing about all the wonderful things going on in the knife community both here and abroad, all I keep thinking about is the shocking news from Queen Cutlery out of Pennsylvania, USA. 2017 has indeed been a most exciting year for Australian knife makers and lovers. Being an editor of the Australian Knife Magazine has provided me with an opportunity to not only attend every major knife show in the country, but also to connect with the community at large and bring people together like never before. Inasmuch as the internet connects us through social media we are able to view, chat and purchase knives from anywhere in the world, it does not compare to the experience of a knife…

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the perils of the custom: a beginners guide to purchasing a custom knife

Oh, the thrill of a custom knife. I am sure that, like myself, many a reader has been enticed by the irresistible siren call of a custom at one point in their collecting life. There is something positively titillating about having a knife built to your exact specifications by a skilled craftsman. The advent of the internet has only further expanded the reach of custom knife makers and enabled poor cutlery addicted souls, the likes of me, to connect with them. During my two-odd decades of collecting, I have had numerous custom knives pass through my hands. Along the way, I have made some good friends and ended up with some exceptional knives. I have also had some disasters which cost me a hefty amount of money, time and effort. The unfortunate…

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the best honing angle for paper wheels

knifegrinders.com.au Dedicated to Mike Brubacher, the founder of BESS, whose edge sharpness tester made this study possible. When you finish sharpening, the angle at which the knife attacks the abrasive surface becomes very important. “A priori” you would think the best angle for honing would be exactly the same angle at which you set the edge on a grinding stone. With hard hones, like fine water stones or ultra-fine ceramic, honing at an angle too steep you'll be gouging the edge into the abrasive dulling it; take an angle too shallow, and you'll be honing on the side of the knife, not the edge, honing and honing to no effect. However, what is true for hard honing substrates may not necessarily pertain to paper wheels. Unlike the hard hones, a paper wheel is compressible, and…

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how not to display your clasp knives

The wrong way The right way I am often horrified when I see clasp knives listed for sale and the accompanying photos show the knife with the blade, marline spike and tin opener all deployed. I guess this is a simple mistake for people not familiar with the damage this can cause. The advice that I am going to give here can equally apply to all multi bladed clasp knives, even those of modern manufacture. You may have already been told why it is not a good idea to deploy more than one blade at a time. I hope to simply explain why. Let’s look at the construction of the typical Military clasp knife. The knife has a blade at one end, a tin opener at the same end and a marline spike…

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bruce barnett

The story of Bruce Barnett reminded me of a world as I imagined Australia to be when I was still living in France, with a pinch of Mad Max and a hint of Crocodile Dundee. This was light years away from the urban and air-conditioned country I discovered when I moved here two decades ago. Hairy and bearded, Bruce is a big bloke, is true to himself and doesn’t do things by half. He certainly doesn’t waste his time or mince his words. Understandable though; he grew up on King Island – half way between Victoria and Tasmania. Lost in the middle of the “Roaring Forties” where the wind is always fierce and the sea is permanently in a bad mood. Growing up on an isolated farm forges character and toughness,…

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gabriel owen and the jewellery institute of australia

What does it take to start your own dedicated engraving school in Australia? Passion for the art, vision for the future and belief in yourself. Gabriel Owen is an extraordinary person, his passion is not just clearly visible but it’s also contagious! I first met Gabriel at the 2017 Sydney Knife Show where he was showcasing his school and hosting Barry Lee Hands - a visiting Master Engraver from the United States. The idea of a dedicated engraving and jewellery setting school fascinated me, there was a time I was ready to travel to the US to study at the GRS Academy, but life got in the way and time moved on but my love of the art remained. Engraving is like a tattoo for your precious possessions, it is more than…

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