I am very fortunate with the materials there are available in this superconnected world, 20 years ago it would have been almost impossible to obtain a piece of Mammoth molar from Siberia or a meteorite sample, today everything is within reach. I like using natural materials because each piece is unique, it may be similar, but never the same. I use exotics from Africa like Zebra and Giraffe bone, warthog ivory, crocodile leather, and occasionally Hippopotamus tusks. All these materials are legally acquired from the Kruger National Park bureau of land management and the funds obtained are destined for the conservation of the park.

I am very fortunate with the materials there are available in this superconnected world, 20 years ago it would have been almost impossible to obtain a piece of Mammoth molar from Siberia or a meteorite sample, today everything is within reach. I like using natural materials because each piece is unique, it may be similar, but never the same. I use exotics from Africa like Zebra and Giraffe bone, warthog ivory, crocodile leather, and occasionally Hippopotamus tusks. All these materials are legally acquired from the Kruger National Park bureau of land management and the funds obtained are destined for the conservation of the park.

I also use ancient materials like bog oak, from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. Mammoth ivory and molar, The oldest representative of these animals, appeared around 5 million years ago during the early Pliocene, Descendant species of these mammoths moved into the Americas at least 600,000 years ago. The last species to emerge, the woolly mammoth, developed about 400,000 years ago in East Asia, with some surviving in Russia until as recently as roughly 3,700 to 4,000 years ago, still extant during the construction of the Great Pyramid of ancient Egypt.

For me, there is something really special when those materials are part of a knife that may become a family heirloom for generations. Exotic woods are also used in my knives, I carefully choose slabs of burl and spalted. A burl will often appear on a tree due to some sort of stress that Mother Nature has inflicted, which can include an insect or disease attack. As the burl grows, it will look almost like a bubble growing from the damaged section of the tree. This distortion is what causes the wood grain and color to acquire its uniqueness. Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi that creates a unique pattern in the living wood. These materials have to be carefully stabilized to preserve their integrity, The stabilization process removes moisture from the wood pieces by putting them into a vacuum chamber that sucks out all the air. You then introduce an acrylic resin, let it saturate the wood, and then remove it from the chamber so that the resin can cure, usually with supporting heat treatment. The result is a stable piece of wood that will no longer respond to humidity changes.

For me, there is something really special when those materials are part of a knife that may become a family heirloom for generations. Exotic woods are also used in my knives, I carefully choose slabs of burl and spalted. A burl will often appear on a tree due to some sort of stress that Mother Nature has inflicted, which can include an insect or disease attack. As the burl grows, it will look almost like a bubble growing from the damaged section of the tree. This distortion is what causes the wood grain and color to acquire its uniqueness. Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi that creates a unique pattern in the living wood. These materials have to be carefully stabilized to preserve their integrity, The stabilization process removes moisture from the wood pieces by putting them into a vacuum chamber that sucks out all the air. You then introduce an acrylic resin, let it saturate the wood, and then remove it from the chamber so that the resin can cure, usually with supporting heat treatment. The result is a stable piece of wood that will no longer respond to humidity changes.

The above was a brief description of some of the materials we use for handles, the blade steel, and hardness information will be added on the offered knives. In short, every single knife made with natural materials is one of a kind.