My knife making stems from a passion that I have had since I was a kid growing up in South Africa, where the bush/veld played an important role in moulding me.
All the knives you will see in this site are made from the stock removal method and all steel is bought from a number of suppliers or smiths. However, Damasteel’s damascus steel and RWL34 are by far my most favoured types of steel, and both are what I would recommend for a good quality working blade that will not disappoint you in terms of aesthetics and usability.
All my blades are the product of my two hands, and everything from the steel bar stock to the handles are worked by hand.
I have two grinders, a BurrKing knife makers variable speed and a Radius Master, and all heat treating is done by me in a Nabatherm digitally controlled kiln.
I have not yet delved into forging my own steel but maybe this will come in time? I have however delved into the making of MOKUME, copper brass and nickel silver heat welded / sweated together and then worked to reveal the beauty of the layers below.
Handle material is varied and ranges from bone and wood to Corian and other synthetics. You will notice as you peruse the knives on the following pages that I am more in favour of the full tang than a stick / hidden tang blade. In my humble opinion the full tang blade far outclasses the stick tang in terms of strength. Yes I do agree that stick tangs are far more “beautiful” and can be worked into far more intricate designs!
Having had the privilege of being able to hunt and fish in South Africa from an early age I have used a knife as a tool, or protection, so have a fair Idea as to what the basics of a good working knife should be. All of my knives are made to be working tools, as such they will require periodic maintenance.
SHOULD YOU AT ANY STAGE HAVE A KNIFE FROM ME THAT FAILS DUE TO “NORMAL” SERVICE I WILL REPLACE OR REPAIR IT FREE OF CHARGE – This is a solemn promise I make to all my clients.
The name PEGASUS KNIVES originally comes from my time at university when I was making leather goods to earn a bit of extra cash. The mark that I put on all my products was a Pegasus, stamped somewhere on the item. When, later on in my career, I joined the South African Air Force as a pilot my call sign was PEGASUS.
“The winged horse has always been good to me!”
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the site and my work.
P-8401-908 Carvoeiro / Lagoa Portugal
Tel: +351 / 282 341 272
Fax: +351 / 282 341 490 Mobil: +351 / 91 989 99 45
Below are some shots of where I live taken from the sea off my RIB while fishing.
A panoramic shot of our village Carvoeiro from the boat.
While out there we sometimes see these fellows very exciting and swimming with them is just something to be experienced.
THE CAT…… Princess MeMe (snow shoe)