Maker introduction and a stockman

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Tiaan Burger, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Tiaan Burger

    Tiaan Burger KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 8, 2011
    A couple of weeks ago @Chui posted some photos of knives I made on this forum but I couldn't say much about them or myself at the time as I did not have my maker's membership paid up.
    I guess I can now properly introduce myself and tell a bit of my story:
    I started making knives in 1997, was a full time maker until 2001. Seven years ago I made some multiblades but became progressively more far sighted so I gave it up. Then, in August of this year I decided to have another go as my eyes seemed to have stopped their outward wandering. I then had to learn how to make a knife while wearing optivisors, which took a while, the first couple of knives were not suitable for human consumption.
    Perseverance paid off:
    Knife nr 11 of 2019, a damascus five blade, won Best Art Folder and knife nr 15, a stockman, won Best Working Folder at the Brooklyn Knife Show, which was held in Pretoria at the end of November.

    I have delivered nr 15 to its very happy owner:
    3 3/4"closed, SAE1070 blades and springs, relieved brass liners, bronze bolsters and pins, stabilized burl oak scales.

    Thank you for looking, questions and comments welcome!
  2. Chui

    Chui Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    .......awesome, Tiaan :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Very glad you sorted out the eyesight issue, would’ve been a tad awkward otherwise..!

    Am more a single blade guy, but your folders have made me sit up...
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  3. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Beautiful... and welcome. :cool::thumbsup:
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  4. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Lovely - traditional & unique with wonderful subtle details. Good for you to persevere. :thumbsup:

    All the best.

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  5. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Very handsome :thumbsup:
    Love the oak.
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  6. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    Jul 4, 2017
    Beautiful work. I admire anyone with such fantastic craftsman skills.
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  7. Nice. :thumbsup:

    That burl oak is spectacular.
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  8. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Beautiful work Tiaan. As Paul said, I too am a single blade guy but there is no denying your talent. I've seen comments criticizing the pins but I like them.
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  9. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    Lovely knife! Welcome to the Porch!
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  10. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Very very nice! I’m a sucker for a custom stockman. Love your blade shapes, especially that pen blade. The rounded off sheepsfoot also has a pleasing curve. The shape of the handle, the filing on the liner. Very nice, indeed. I think I just added you to my future must have list.
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  11. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Those scales have me screaming for more.

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  12. Tx308


    Dec 30, 2014
    Simply beautiful.
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  13. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Beautiful! I'd carry and use that knife in a heartbeat!

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  14. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    And Welcome!
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  15. Tiaan Burger

    Tiaan Burger KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 8, 2011
    Thank you all! Since I started making knives again this forum has taught me so much about traditional folders. I am happy that my attempts at capturing some of that old school quality and feel has garnered such a response.
  16. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Very nicely done. Excellent detail, simple, clean lines.
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  17. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Very, very well done!!

    I love a stockman with a pen blade instead of a spey, much more useful in the non live stock world. And I still love the domed pins that can be snugged up if needed. And I will echo the statement that the burled oak is stunning. Absolutely stunning. The nesting of the pen and sheepfoot blade is great. Very neatly done.

    I'd carry and use the heck outa that knife. Its too beautiful not to carry and use. I give it a five thumbs up.

  18. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I’d carry it :thumbsup:
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  19. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'd steal it :D:eek: I also like the blade combination and the finish of nesting them in, a challenge in itself .

    Have you made any single-spring Penknife types with a blade at each end at all?

    Regards, Will
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  20. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    Where do we purchase...
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