Pienaar, Charl

18 Meadow Lane, Kalamunda, Somerset West, South Africa

          Cell.         082 576 7051

          eMail.      charl.pienaar1@gmail.com

I have been making knives since 2013, but my interest in knife making started back in 2011 when I start tinkering with various materials. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands, especially wood turning and carpentry. Building and flying remote controlled airplanes was a short lived hobby due to the monotonous demand of constant maintenance. My interest in knife making probably started when I was staying in the UK. I found myself drawn to the endless castles and museums, where knives and knife making seems to permeate through the history books.

It is infinitely rewarding to take a piece of metal and make it into a blade. There are many inspirational makers out there that I see as mentors, Des Horn, Wolfgang Loechner, Gary Lombard and Ettore Gianferrari to mention a few. I enjoy making classic as well as modern slip joints/tacticals with a twist. Materials are very important to me. I love composites, but nothing compares to natural woods, dama or high carbon damascus. I currently design, make and sell knives as a part time hobby, but with an ever increasing demand from a growing customer base, this hobby seems to be taking on a life of its own.