Andre Thorburn

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Andre started knife making in 1989, sold his first knife to a friend in 1990, became a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa in 1995 and full time knife maker in 1996.

He uses modern technology like Laser, Wire and Water jet cutting, CNC work and Computer Aided Designing in the making of his knives. He embellishes his knives with needle file work, engraving and gold inlay. He also uses an array of different handle materials and steels and he builds all the grinders and special tooling that he uses in his workshop himself.

He enjoys making tactical folders and uses the IKBS ball bearing system often in his flippers or smaller front flippers.

Andre is one of the leading handmade knife makers in South Africa and was Chairman of the Knifemakers’ Guild of South Africa from September 2007 to September 2011.

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