We are proud to introduce the HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY. We are a father-and-son team who develops and promotes the art of handmade knives as a hobby or business.
HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY is located in the north of Pretoria, South Africa, where knives are handcrafted by Gawie and Thinus Herbst.
Gawie and Thinus are both award-winning members of the Knife-makers Guild of Southern Africa. The have received several awards for their outstanding designs and craftsmanship. Gawie was the first knife-maker to master and employ decorative laser-cutting through blades. His spectacular African designs are well-known especially the designs of the Big Five and are copied by numerous knifemakers around the world.
The quality and craftsmanship of these knives are outstanding. All the designs and materials used in the production of HERBST knives are reflective of the uniquely rich South African environment.
Not only do we make exceptional knives but we also have knife-making courses available that is completely hands-on. One can choose between three different courses during which you will have the opportunity to learn how to design and make your own knife. These courses include a fixed-blade knife-making course, a basic folder knife-making course (Slip-back) and a liner-lock folder knife-making course.
HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY is also one of the leading manufacturers of knife-making machines, tools and contact wheels for the hobbyist and professional knife maker.
Furthermore, when purchasing any product from the HERBST KNIFE-MAKING ACADEMY you will receive a comprehensive support service that includes supplies to start you off in the knife-making world.