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winning knife for best chefs knife at the adelaide knife show november 2017
I was happy to come home from the Adelaide Knife Show, Nov 2017, with a bit of glassware. 'Best chefs knife in show'.
australian knife maker warrick edmonds reflections in polished chefs knife RWL34 and Afzelia burl

Here's me mucking around with the camera, Reflections in the polished RWL34 chefs knife happen to be the recipe for slow cooked, smoked brisket that I made for the family recently.

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chefs knife in polished rwl34 with afzelia burl handle

A medium sized Chefs knife in mirror polished (0.5 micron) RWL34. The handle is satin finished, top-shelf afzelia burl. You can't see it clearly in this photo but the handle is faceted top and bottom.

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showing off the mirror polish on a chefs knife

My wife made my buy a carton of pig swill so she could get a talking Boonie doll. He's a dead-set legend.

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relection in the blade of a mirror polished chefs knife by custom knife maker warrick edmonds of australia

Some time ago a knife client from New Zealand sent me two beautiful, polished paua shells. The intention was that I use them somehow when making a knife. My two sons however think they're magnificent things and won't let me cut them up, so they've stayed on the shelf. I've finally found a use that makes everyone happy. What better way to show off the mirror polish than some reflections.

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australian custom made knife utility knife riflebirdknives

A nice sized utility/skinner made from brushed CPMS35VN, featuring a tapered tang, filework on the spine, a cross filed thumb rest and textured ricasso.

Here's what the client said; My knife arrived. It's beautiful!! A work of art. Thank you!

BM or ACT.

 

 

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ringed gidgee on custome made knife australian custom knife by warrick edmonds

The handle is premium ringed gidgee, with a bolster of black G10 and a spacer of blue and black laminated G10

 

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Here's a short video of a chefs knife I'm in the process of making. The clip shows the polished blade at 0.5 microns and then cuts to the same blade after it's been etched to bring out the Damasteel patterns.
hunting knife custom made australian knifemaker damasteel stainless damascus

A hunting utility made from Damasteel stainless damascus.

The handle is black G10 and stabilised arctic spruce cone.

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polished and acid etched damasteel damascus

Damasteel stainless damascus polished out to 60,000 grit and lightly acid etched.

 

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custom made knives by australian knife maker warrick edmonds or riflebirdknives

my take on the tanto style, trying to keep things deco and modern.

The blade is RWL34 polished out to 60,000 grit. The spine features a little bit of filework and there's some subtle texturing on the ricasso.

The knfie is held in the sheath by an inbuilt cam that locks behind the finger guard, however as a secondry backup, when the strap is wrapped around and the press-stud snapped in place, it pinches the top of the sheath against the handle and is secure in its own right. The press-studs are backed by leather inside the sheath so they don't contact the metal or handle.

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a modern tanto by warrick edmonds australian knife maker custom made knives

The handle is top of the top shelf snakewood backed by blue-gray carbon fibre. The bolster is black, twill weave carbon fiber.

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RWL34 polished out to 60,000 grit on tanto by warrick edmonds

I find no steel takes a polish like RWL34

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a small kitchen knife for peeling veg, serving with a platter or carrying on a picnic australian custom made knife by warrick edmonds of adelaide

A small kitchen knife for peeling fruit and veg or taking on a picnic or for the platter of cheese, meats, sausage and fruit. An accompaniment to the fine food you would take outside to your unruly guests celebrating a birthday with too much champas.

The blade is polished RWL34, the handle is bocote. Note the small strip of polished texturing on the ricasso. Even though the spine features a nicely sized thumb rest you still won't be able to beat the 'speed of cheese'.

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POLISHED DAMASTEEL DAMASCUS UTILITY

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POLISHED RWL34 TANTO

Here you'll find two short videos. Both show off the results of mirror polishing out to the equivalent of 60,000 grit

Just press return to come back to this page.

a smaller kitchen knife in rwl34 with c-tek handle warrick edmonds riflebirdknives of australia handmade knives custom made knives

A kitchen knife for odd jobbing or charcuterie. A knife to accompany a cheese platter or follow you to that ideal spring picnic in the park.

The blade is RWL34 and the handle is dark green C-tek, with a fine brass spacer. The spine has been fully file worked.

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close up of c-tek handle on australian custom made knife hand made sole author warrick edmonds

I interrupted the dark green C-tek with a brass spacer. This means the C-tek was cut into four and reassembled on the liner/backing, which added considerably to the amount of work involved.

Note, C-tek looks monochrome until you rotate the handle, then it lights up with a play of greens and metalic silver, particularly around the edges.

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fruite knife with buckeye burl handle custom handmade knfie australian

What I would like to call a fruit peeling knife, made from mirror polished RWL34. The handle is full cell stabilised buckeye burl on green liners. This process involves using a vacuum chamber to void the wood cells of all moisture and then injecting hard resin into the internal space under high pressure. This gives a much more complete result than soaking styles of stabilising.

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a new business card design for australian knife maker custom made knives by warrick edmonds riflebirdknives
I've spent some time designing and coming up with a new business card, which will go with me to the Sydney Knife Show in August 2017.
utility hunting knife custom made by australian knife maker warrick edmonds

A hunting utility knife made from CPMS35VN. Has a fine distal taper, a tapered tang, hand filed spinework and textured ricasso. The laser etched text is the client's family motto, and a good one to have at that!

All that being said, I was really happy with how the sheath turned out. In my opinion it was one of the best I've made, though I couldn't capture this adequately in the camera. The hand rubbed, multi-dyed colour scheme has a Turner-esque quality to it, leaning toward an impressionist's stormy sunset. Either that or 1960's disco shoes. (yep, been there, worn those)

Here's what the client said;

"It has arrived! It looks great. Good feel in the hand. It's got some heft to it. Beautifully finished off. And I see what you mean about the sheath - got real character and depth. My son is going to love it! Thank you so much for your communication throughout the whole process and for your craftsmanship and attention to detail...."

 

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close up of the ringed gidgee handle

A close up of the wonderful ringed gidgee handle, in natural sunlight. Also, you can make out the tapered tang. Not tapered to a thin but enough metal removed to lighten the carry weight of the knife and bring the balance point forward. The bolster is black G10.

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If you're interested in seeing how a knife is ground out of a bar of steel, got to the Nathan's Fosters Knife page, PRESS HERE and scroll down to the video panel.

 

 

 
three knives in their sheaths australian custom knife maker warrick edmonds of adelaide

three amigos

 

 

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utility knife in damasteel twist with c-tek and g10 handle custom made by warrick edmonds

A utility knife made from dense twist Damasteel stainless damascus.

The handle is blue C-tek and black G10 separated by a brass shim. The lanyard bead is also made of polished blue C-tek.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing this knife in hand. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here

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damasteel utility knife and sheath australian knife maker

This knife has a fully tooled, matching sheath featuring an underlying base of dark blue and an over-rub of black. The inside has been rubbed down with a mix of lanolin, neatsfoot oil and wax. The edges are treated with gum tragacanth and the outside surface has four coats of gloss finish.

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utility knife with bocote australian custom knife maker

A utility knife made from brushed 52100 carbon steel. The tapered tang features a lanyard hole. The spine has been chipped on the forward third, the ricasso has been textured.

The handle and lanyard bead are made from Mexican bocote. The bolster is black G10 separated by laminated black and white micarta.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing this knife in hand. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here

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australian custom knife maker warrick edmonds riflebirdknives utility knife and sheath

This knife comes with a sheath featuring my unique tooling. The inside has been treated with lanolin, neatsfoot oil and waxes. The outside was hand rubbed with yellow, london tan, red, ox blood, chocolate and black dye. It was then sealed with four coats of gloss. The edges are sealed with gum tragacanth and gloss.

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acid washed and stone washed utility in 52100 by australian knife maker warrick edmonds

This is one of my favourite ever knife builds. In the hand, everything about it just makes me happy. I originally made it to sell at the upcoming knife shows but now I'm seriously considering keeping it for myself.

Made from acid washed and stonewashed 52100 with bocote bolster and New Guinea striped ebony handle. The tang is tapered, the spine has file work and the ricasso has been textured.

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moody photo of utility knife made in australia by warrick edmonds

The sheath has been textured using a stamp I made myself. I like the 'almost paisley' pattern it creates. There are five colours hand rubbed in, the edges are sealed with gum tragacanth and the outside has four coats of gloss sealer. The inside surface was dyed and then rubbed down with a mix of neatsfoot oil, lanolin and waxes.

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close up of handle and sheath for prosciutto knife hand made by riflebirdknives of australia

A special order. This is a close up of the handle and sheath of a prosciutto knife.

The handle is made from New Guinea striped ebony, which is hard and waxy enough to deal with a kitchen environment.

The sheath has five different colours variously hand rubbed, splodged, dribbled and brushed onto it. The whole is given two coats of Gum Tragacanth and four coats of gloss sealer.

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long prosciutto knife made from rwl34 stainless custom made by warrick edmonds of australia

The blade is made from stonewashed 2.5mm RWL34, hardened just right to give a nice flex for cutting off those thin, transparent slices.

Grinding a long, thin blade like this is quite a challenge, more so than many other types of knife patterns. Total length is over 40cm.

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handmade custom prosciutto knife by australian knife maker warrick edmonds of adelaide

The overall style is a composite of modern/deco and Japanese. Or, more accurately, my interpretation there of.

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art nouveau kitchen cleaver right hand side view

Here's an Art Nouveau kitchen cleaver made from 5mm thick 440C stainless. It's been textured and stonewashed. The overall length is 39cm, so it has some size to it. The mateials have been chosen so this can be a user, not a safe queen.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing this knife in hand. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here

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art nouveau cleaver righ side view warrick edmonds australian knife maker

The other side. The handle material is laminated paper micarta, a very hard wearing material that will cope with a kitchen environment. This knife does come with a leather sheath, see video at the link to see how it fits.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing the sheath for this cleaver. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here.

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bushcraft knife in 52100 steel by riflebirdknives custom knife maker in australia

Here's a bushcraft or camp knife made from 52100 carbon steel that has been acid washed and stone washed. The ricasso has been textured and the clipped edge leading to the point has a chipped pattern. This is a nicely solid knife, see video link below;

 

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing this knife in hand. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here

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bushcraft knife and sheath australian knife maker

The handle material is Webbwood (similar to Dymondwood) with a spacer/feature of cross cutting black and white laminated micarta. The sheath features a solid stainless ring for a leg tie, see video link below;

 

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on my Instagram feed showing the sheath for this knife. You might have to press the go arrow on the IG video. Just use your return button to come back here.

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large hunting knife with bocote and hand made sheath

A good sized hunter made from CPMS35VN.

The blade shape keeps the piercing point directly in line with the generously sized handle. There is a good finger guard and thumb rest on top for solid grip.

The ricasso has been stippled.

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handle of bocote on custom made australian knife

The handle is made from highly figured bocote and black G10

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large camp knife australian made knife

The knife comes with a nicely textured sheath, featuring three hand rubbed layers of dyes that provide a depth of colour and pattern. The belt loop is a contrasting solid and glossy black.

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large hunter with ebon australian knife maker

A large hunter made from CPMS35VN featuring a handle made from striped ebony and a bolster made from African ebony. There's also a bit of stippling, some file work on the spine and a bit of texturing on the sheath.

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