Rob Brown Custom Knives
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Tapering Tangs
Rob discusses his technique.
Fitting Guards
Rob reveals the secret to a clean fit.
Fitting Bolsters
Rob discusses the method used for his curved bolster design.
Mirror Finishing
Rob has become known for his mirror polish - here's how it is done.
Welcome to
Born and raised in South Africa within casting distance of the Indian Ocean, I developed a great love for the outdoors. The bushveld, rivers and ocean, with all the game that abounds there, formed an integral part of my life.

On completion of my formal education I pursued a career as an architectural assistant which appealed to my interest in design and practical hands-on approach.

Always the keen hobbiest - in 1985 I was custom building fishing rods to support my other outdoor interests when the need arose for a good working hunter. Armed with the book, "How to make Knives" by Bob Loveless, I was introduced to a world of knives far bigger than I could ever have imagined.

I became a member of the "Southern African Knifemaker's Guild" in October 1986 and by the end of 1988 took up knifemaking as a full-time occupation - the bug had truly bitten at that stage.

To date I have been awarded 38 "Certificates of Excellence" for individual knives exhibited at the annual shows and "Best Overall Knifemaker" on 5 separate occasions.

I work from a one man shop (with a good view of the ocean) building knives to order, one at a time. My aim is to produce a wide variety of investor class, quality fixed blade knives for the collector and discerning user, and as such continually strive for the highest degree of craftsmanship possible.

Although I am constantly updating and introducing new designs, this web catalogue is a good representation of my current range, and will be updated as and when new designs become available.

Over and above the designs shown, I welcome the opportunity to build to the customer's design - and would in this instance supply you with a drawing and price for our mutual agreement.

If I am able to assist you in any way what-so-ever, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Presenting my 2013 web catalogue - enjoy!


Rob Brown

2013 Catalogue