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  • Hi from sunny Melbourne

    Hi everyone.
    My voyage into the murky world of knife collecting started five years ago when I noticed a little filler story in the paper during my lunch break at work. The Australian Knife Making Guild (you have got to be kidding me I thought to myself, there's a group called the Australian Knife Makers Guild?) was having a show at the hotel Ibis on the weekend and everyone was welcome. I still don't know why it caught my eye but on Sat. morning, with the wife and kids away for the day, I found myself on the train heading into the city instead of hanging around Bunnings.
    I had no idea what to expect, I mean what would people show at a knife show? Oh sure knives, but knives were some thing you picked up at Woolies every six months because the old ones had gone dull weren't they. Well, what I saw blew me away. The artistry, the fit and finish and just the bloody hard work and thought everyone had put into their knives was jaw dropping. I ended up spending a couple of hours going around and talking to ever single knife maker, then I went out and got a beer to cool down a bit. What the hell I thought, what are banking machines for? And went straight back. Ouch.
    An hour later I was back on the train with a beautiful little six inch chef's knife by Adam Parker. Ever since my collection has centered around kitchen knives, plus a few pocket/money clip knives, rather than the bush and survival knives that most collectors seem to go for.
    So a quick question, will anyone be showing some kitchen knives this year? Last year was almost a total lose for me, I came home with a single paring knife by Michael Fechner. The little white handled one on the bottom of his pictures from last years show here on this forum. But this year, with the kids gone and the mortgage paid off, I was hoping to do some serious, once a year shopping. Oh well, I can but hope.
    See you all at the show and for anyone showing this year I'll be the guy with the Canadian accent and the funny shoes.

    Chef Knife in use at the moment: ten inch Bob Kramer/Shun, SG2 steel and sharp enough to shave my arm.

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    Welcome to the forum.
    Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It's extraordinary. There's a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that's wonderful.

    - Bob Hoskins -

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    Associate member: Australian Knifemakers Guild




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    • #3
      Great story mate...and welcome to the fold...

      Cheers
      Weapon - Intent = Tool!
      Tool + Stupidity = Legislation!

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      • #4
        Im hoping to have 3 kitchen blades with me. A chefs knife, a paring knife and something in between. welcome to the forum.
        ZJC Australia - Custom Knives and Sheaths

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          Gidday KC, welcome to the forum
          wave man AKA Dean
          my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC22..._as=subscriber
          "I will never make excuses for who I am. It's the way I was born. I am a Hunter a Bone Collector."
          "A gun, like any source of power is a force for either good or evil, being neither in itself, but dependent upon those who possess it"

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          • #6
            Thanks Zac, I'm looking forward to meeting you and seeing your work.

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            • #7
              Hey KC, welcome to the forum. This year's show is promising to be the fantastic! See you there. I'll be the one in the corner introducing Guild members and general public to the wonders of computers, internet and Australianbladeforums.com

              Cheers,
              KK
              Australian Knife Magazine
              Editor



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              • #8
                Welcome

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                • #9
                  G'day mate. Thanks for introducing yourself. Feel like I know you already!
                  "Collecting is the sort of thing that creeps up on you..." - Paul Mellon

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                  • #10
                    Thanks KnifeNut; I'll be sure to look you up when I get there. And a big thanks to everyone's warm welcome to the forum.

                    KC

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                    • #11
                      Hi and welcome !
                      Everything on my table will be a kitchen knife ! - If that is what you want to buy hehehehehe, truelly, it will be great to see you at the show cruizing for a bank account bruising. I am anticipating that this years show will be well attended by makers and good range of knives offered for sale. Adam Parker sure does make a sweet knife you will love that kitchen knife for life. See ya there
                      Promoting excellence in Australian knife craftsmanship

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                      • #12
                        Oops, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned paying off the mortgage...hehe. But my lovely wife mentioned last night that she might be joining me this year to lend me some restrain. All though how much restrain someone who can buy five pairs of shoes at one go, last weekend was a biggy, can give is debatable.

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