Clarke, James

12 Gumtree Road, Bergvliet, Cape Town, South Africa   

Tel.         021 715 3706       

Cell.        082 811 5014        


The fathers of my knifemaking are Simon Vos, Albert Faasen, Fanie La Grange and Rob Brown. I work with the best materials I can obtain: N690, M390, RWL-34, Damasteel. For certain projects I use carbon damascus. I prefer hardwoods to other handle materials and do not use elephant ivory. Most knives that leave my bench are fixed blades. Besides fit and finish I try always to capture a given knife’s essence through the interplay of line and form with as pure a balance of simplicity and functionality as possible.