Greetings from Tasmania- long time lurker, part time knifemaker

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  1. Oct 6, 2019 #1

    Will Newham

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    I have been lurking on KKF for a few years now, and decided it was about time to take the plunge and actually participate.

    I am a graduate architect with a passion for design, travel, photography and anything that involves getting out in the the workshop and making something with my hands. it was during a backpacking trip of europe in 2011 that i came across a small cutlery store in verona, italy and discovered the world of handmade high quality cutlery. i still have the 8 inch chef knife i managed to fit into my pack and bring home and thats where my love of sharp and shiny things began. it took until 2017, after returning from an extended working holiday overseas dreaming of all the projects i wanted to make once i had my workshop back, that i discovered knifemaking. I began forging 1075 and then decided to focus on stainless steel blades (Aebl and NitroV predominantly). i now make knives part time and get a lot more enjoyment and fulfillment from working with my hands than being a CAD monkey for projects that more often than not never see the light of day (plus the paperwork really was a drain).

    Long story short I wouldn't be where i am without the helpful and knowledgeable members of KKF as i usually managed to find information to any question or niggling doubt i have had over my short time making, and longer time, trying to use knives.
     
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    Welcome to the forums Will. It is great to have another hobby maker onboard.
     
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    Nemo

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    Welcome will.

    Which part of Tassie are you in?
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thank you, pleasure to be accepted as a new member
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thanks Nemo, i live in Howden just south of Hobart
     
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    G'day Will, welcome to the forum.
     
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    Well howdy Howden!

    G'day and welcome to the forum Will. Guess I'll have to post my Newham knife now... :rolleyes:

    Newham Hunter .5.jpg
     
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    Luftmensch

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    Good on ya Will! Welcome!

    Howden you say? Ever cross paths with the Hounslow-Robinsons?
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Welcome from (yet) another Australian.

    Do you find any significant difference between AEB-L and Nitro-V?
     
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    Hello! Always good to see another Aussie!
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thanks kevin
     
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    Will Newham

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    Hehe thanks Marek
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thanks mate, i have spoken to john in passing once or twice but dont personally know them.
     
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    Will Newham

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    I wouldnt say significant differences, I have found nitrov to be a bit more unpredictable in heat treat (mostly warp), it does however seem to have slightly better corrossion resistance and marginally higher hardness. The only real issue i have had is lack of heat treat info with nitro, i get as good results as aebl but felt like there was potential for better.
     
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    Hello, from another Aussie.
     
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    Welcome aboard Will. I’ve found Will great to deal with and his knives have among the best fit and finish that I’ve experienced. I expect we will soon find his site empty of knives for sale and no longer taking custom orders. Here’s a couple of pics of the knives I’ve bought from Will .... and I don’t even like stainless blades.

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    Welcome!!!
     
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    That's some gorgeous blades, love the look of the handles.
     
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    One of the features I like best is the way Will finishes his blades polished horizontally rather than vertically. It means that any scuffing that occurs during use blends better with the finish rather than standing out against a vertical finish. A small point but I expect a lot more work for Will.
     
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    Brian Weekley

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    I also understand that Will’s handles are all recovered from salvaged local wood. Beautifully finished and probably a lot more work than a standard ho wood style handle I am used to.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. I didn't know I was looking for a boning knife, but couldnt help myself and ordering one from your website:).
     
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    Only seen publicly available information about him - but he seems like a character!
     
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    Nice pics Brian!
    Seeing as you don't like stainless, I'll just wait in the wings for you to sell them to me. :D
    Then you'll free up funds for pursuing more unicorns. :p
     
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    Love you brother. But my Newham’s stay put for the moment.
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thanks Brian, i really appreciate such high praise. Its great seeing the knives all in one pic.
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thank you
     
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    Will Newham

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    I am a big fan of a hand finish for a handmade blade, that being said it can be a pretty tedious task on certain steels
     
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    Will Newham

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    Thank you!
     
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    Will Newham

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    Really down to earth and nice guy, unfortunately he is almost completely retired due to the long term effects of swinging a hammer for so many years. last time i saw him he did have a cheeky gleam in his eye and a nice slab of ebony after one of the super yacht owners docked in Hobart and requested 2 full knife sets and was willing to make it worth his while
     

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