Frequently asked questions
How can I purchase one of your pieces?
You can purchase in person or online. For online purchases, feel free to have a browse in my webshop. To purchase in person, I am available at the Canberra Handmade Market held in Exhibition Park in Canberra. This is a quarterly market run each year, featuring a vast array of artisan items and a great opportunity to "meet the maker". I also attend a number of Australian Knife shows, the dates of which I keep updated on my Instagram.
Does my knife come with a box or sheath?
How do I care for my carbon steel knife?
Easy! Your knife comes with a care instruction insert inside the box. Some points include:
- Respect your knife – it will excel at all of its intended purposes and will be a pleasure to use, providing a lifetime of service. If you have purchased a kitchen knife, it is best left to tasks in the kitchen.
- Keeping the edge - generally, high carbon blades hold their edge longer and are easier to sharpen than stainless – the ideal cutting surface is a timber board. Avoid plastic, steel, granite etc. Sharpening on the back door step is a no-no. Quality water stones and correct technique are best or a professional sharpening service.
- Washing and storing – after use, wipe your blade down and dry thoroughly. It is best to store your knife in the open air or on a wall rack. If your knife includes a leather sheath, avoid storing when damp or for prolonged periods.
- Patina – as your knife encounters different elements it will begin to naturally oxidize and form its own grey/blue patina. Over time this will form a protective layer which helps protect against rust. Enjoy this process, it’s the story of every meal you ever prepared and experience your blade has undertaken.
Do you "make to order" or do "custom" pieces?
Yes and No. As a one man band, I don't do production runs. I am exteremely passionate about this craft and love making what I make. As such, all pieces listed for sale have been forged and crafted solely by me, including the leather work. I also enjoy having this responsibilty.
What materials do you use and where are they sourced?
All of my materials are sourced from within Australia where ever possible and I take great pride in offering pieces derived from the materials of this landscape. Sourcing high grade materials is part of what allows me to offer heirloom quality pieces, to be used for generations.