KNIVES FOR SALE
Forged in the fires of Africa!
OUR POLICY ON ORDERS
Kevin and Heather Harvey have a policy of not accepting orders. We believe that we do our best work when we make what we are inspired to make and then offer it for sale. We hope you understand.
The knives that we have for sale over the website can also be viewed and purchased from our showroom at Heavin Forge in Belfast, South Africa. If you are in the area, we would love to show you around our workshop and showroom. Please phone first for an appointment - 013 253 0914.
We mainly have working knives for sale locally. Our fancier collectors pieces we generally sell at the shows we attend, namely the Pretoria Winter Knife Show, Blade Show in Atlanta U.S.A and the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa annual show in Johannesburg, South Africa. We also have knives for sale through our agent in the U.S.A, BladeGallery.com http://www.bladegallery.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=194&cat=Harvey%2C+Kevin%2C+M.S.
THE LOGO’S ON OUR KNIVES
When a knife is made entirely by Kevin Harvey it is marked, “Kevin Harvey, M.S”, the M.S stands for Master Bladesmith, the highest rating in the American Bladesmith Society.
When the knife has been made entirely by Heather Harvey, it is marked “Heather Harvey, M.S”.
If Kevin and Heather collaborate on a knife, it will be marked “Heavin M.S”.
Our apprentice, Rucus Coetzee marks his knives with Rucus Coetzee with an arrow separating the two names on his logo, he is a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa.
If the knife is marked “Heavin Forge” it means that it has been made by the Heavin Forge team. We all may have had something to do with its creation.
All knives come with a “Certificate of Origin”.
WHAT MAKES OUR KNIVES SPECIAL?
We would like to point out why our knives are highly collectable and what sets them apart from other knives. Each knife we make is a once off creation, we don’t work from templates or laser cutouts or make use of CNC machinery. The knives never leave our workshop, every step of their creation from the initial forging, heat treatment, hand embellishment and leather work is done with our own hands. We pay particular attention to the smallest detail and take great pride in always making the best knife that we can possibly make. This does make our knives more time consuming to produce, but you get a unique, lovingly created investment that should last generations. Our knives are superior tools, not wall hangers and are tested for performance regularly. Spending years striving towards achieving our certifications with both the American Bladesmith Society as Master Bladesmiths as well as the highly respected Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa, is proof that our work has been recognized and commended by our peers. A few aspects that make our work distinctive are the pleasing artistic lines, ergonomically sculpted handles, typical forged blade geometry’s featuring flat ground bevels, distal tapers and convex cutting edges, differential heat-treatment (hard edge, tough spine) as well as balance and scary sharpness. All our money earned is put back into our workshop as well as into learning new skills to better enhance our art. We will never be rich but we are passionate about our craft, share our knowledge willingly, encourage new bladesmiths and are all about, “making a life, not making a living”. This is not a job, it is a passion.
Part of the money we charge per knife goes into hand-cleaner and band-aids! Working your fingers to the bone is what knifemaking is all about. Each knife takes a little bit of our soul, skin, a bit of blood, a lot of sweat and hopefully no tears. Don’t worry, we clean our blades before we sell them and we wash our hands before eating! The next time you attend a knife show, have a close look at the makers hands.
All prices are listed in South African Rands and do not include postage.
We do accept credit card sales but we are not able to accept payment through the website for credit cards. If you would like to buy a knife using your credit card, may we please ask you to phone us during working hours on 013 253 0914 to give us your details. In this way we can also make sure that the knife is still available as it may have recently sold out of the showroom. Knives will only be mailed after payment has cleared in our account.
We also accept payments into our account with ABSA bank, again, please phone for the account details and to check that the knife you want is still available.
Within South Africa we make use of the Speed Services, overnight, Post Office counter to Post Office counter, service. We need to post the knife before 1 pm in order for it to get to you the next day (not applicable on weekends). We charge R80 for a parcel under 1 kg. We will contact you with the tracking number.
International postage is at the buyers expense of around R500 for a 1 to 2 kg parcel with insurance and AT THE BUYERS RISK. Once the knife is in the post, we do not accept any responsibility for the parcel. We will insure it and give you the tracking number, but because of our poor postal service, we cannot guarantee the parcels safety. So far, luckily, we have had no problems in posting overseas, but South Africa is known for its bad postal service. We use insured airmail with insurance, but we can only insure a parcel for the maximum of R1 600 for loss, not damage. We wrap the knives very well and post them in a PVC tube to avoid damage.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MEMBER OF THE GUILD AND MASTER BLADESMITHS
What makes our knives highly collectable is the effort we have gone to, to get the highest possible international ratings. The ratings we have achieved are from many years hard work, testing and evaluation by our peers, they are not just clubs that we belong to, we have had to prove that our work is of the highest standard in the world.
To become a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa requires you to submit 5 knives for evaluation by three Guild members. If your work is of a high enough standard you will be awarded your Guild status. It is not just a knife club that anyone can join. The standard of work by our Guild members in South Africa is highly regarded by overseas collectors. Please look at the Guild website for more information, www.kgsa.co.za. Kevin, Rucus and Heather are members of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa.
To become a Master Bladesmith requires a total of at least 5 years apprenticeship and journeymanship. First there is a three year apprenticeship with the American Bladesmith Society before you can do your cut and bend test which requires you to cut through a 1”, free hanging sisal rope with one swipe, cut through a 2”x 4” pine beam twice and without sharpening your knife you must still be able to shave arm hairs. The last test is to put the knife in a vice and bend it to 90 degrees without it breaking. You have to pass this test with a 10” knife that you have forged and finished yourself from carbon steel. You then have to submit in person 5 knives to a panel of judges at the annual Blade Show in Atlanta U.S.A. If your work is good enough and you passed the cut and bend test you will get your Journeyman Smith rating. Two years after being a Journeyman you can do the cut and bend test again with your own damascus knife and submit 4 damascus and carbon steel knives along with a set piece damascus quillion dagger, in person to another panel of judges at the Blade Show in Atlanta and if your work is of exceptional quality you will receive your Master Bladesmith rating. There are only around 100 Master Bladesmiths in the world. For more information on the American Bladesmith Society please look at their website, www.americanbladesmith.com. Kevin and Heather are the only two Master Bladesmiths on the African continent and the only married couple Master Bladesmiths. Heather is the second only lady Master Bladesmith in the world.
THE MEANING OF HANDMADE
“When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children (horses), the birds, the dog. You aren’t just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and the doubt; something that puts the life into the living.” Rebekah Joy Plett.
"It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God."
THE DANGEROUS WEAPONS BILL - SOUTH AFRICA
To set your mind at ease about buying and owning knives in South Africa here is a link to the updated Dangerous Weapons Act 2013. Basically what the act says is that it is perfectly legal to own, collect, display and carry knives if used for lawful purposes. We, Heather and Kevin Harvey, are allowed to make, sell and display knives. The Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa, of which we are members, is an accredited organization and its members are allowed to continue with business as usual.
SHOWROOM STOCK (please click on photo to enlarge)
Not all the new knives are at the top of the page - scroll down!
Please note that this is not a catalogue as each knife is individually made and will not be reproduced. What we show here is what we have at present for sale in our showroom.
KNIVES FOR SALE
Integral Camp Knife by Kevin Harvey
Price: R8 500
270 mm blade of 5160 carbon steel differentially heat treated. Integral bolster. Handle of Small False Mopani wood (Black Chakate) from Mozambique. Nickel silver spacer, pin and thong tube. Hand carved brown cowhide sheath. This knife just wants to go camping! It has a great heft to it with a very comfortable handle.
Korean Sword by Rucus Coetzee
Price: R7 800
546 mm long blade of hand forged and Japanese style clay heat treated 1055 carbon steel. Overall length of 698 mm. Handle of curly maple wood with cord wrapping. Bronze guard. Scabbard and stand of curly maple.
CARE OF YOUR KNIFE
Carbon and Damascus steels can rust if not cared for. Here are a few tips on keeping your knife rust free. Firstly, don’t confuse rust with a patina or stain that may appear on your knife after cutting something acidic. This is normal and adds to the character of your knife. Damascus and carbon steel knives and swords have been around for thousands of years, so with care, you can own a future antique!
To prevent rust, do not store your knife in its leather sheath, as the leather picks up moisture and can cause your blade to rust. Rather oil or wax your blade and wrap it in a soft cloth for storage. Use the sheath only when you are using or wearing the knife. Wipe off the oil or wax before preparing food.
Do not wash your handmade knife in a dishwasher. Wash the blade by hand in warm soapy water; avoid getting the handle overly wet, do not let it soak in the water. Dry immediately, don’t leave it to drain in the drying rack. Oil the knife with olive oil if it is used regularly in the kitchen or with a gun oil or Harvey’s Conservation/Renaissance Wax when storing. Remember to oil or wax the handle too.
If rust spots appear, rub the blade with a metal polish like Brasso or a very fine (0000) steel wool, then oil or wax the blade. Do not use oil with silicon in it as this can cause rust.
We guarantee our workmanship but natural handle materials cannot be guaranteed, they can and do shrink and expand so may crack. Do not leave your knife lying in the direct sunlight or near a heater.
Use your knife for what it was designed and keep it sharp.
A knife is an inanimate object and is only dangerous in the hands of the careless and the inexperienced.
Remember that your knife comes with a free lifetime sharpening service from Heavin Forge.
Harveys Conservation Wax
Price: R15 for 10 g, R50 for 40 g and R180 for 200 g.
Handmade by ourselves. This microcrystalline wax cleans, penetrates, nourishes and preserves wood, leather, damascus and carbon steels, bone, stone, ivory, horn, silver, brass and copper. Perfect for conservation of antiques, knives, firearms, musical instruments and coins. Protects against fingerprints. Preferably lightly warm item to be waxed with a hairdryer to aid penetration of wax,(do not heat ivory). Apply wax sparingly. Rub up with a soft cloth when dry.