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Deon Nel

Deon, our Knife Maker of the Month for May, is a true artisan whose journey in knifemaking began early on. With a relentless dedication to perfecting his craft, he has risen to become one of South Africa’s top knifemakers, coveted by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

What sets Deon apart is his ability to seamlessly blend traditional craftsmanship with modern design elements, resulting in knives that are both functional and visually stunning. His expertise shines particularly in crafting custom handles that enhance the beauty of his blades.

Beyond his technical skill, Deon is deeply committed to ethical and sustainable practices. From responsibly sourced materials to conscientious design processes, he upholds the highest standards of craftsmanship. As a proud member of both the Knife Makers Guild and the Knife Makers Guild of South Africa, Deon actively contributes to the promotion and preservation of knifemaking as an art form.

Known affectionately as “The Knife Whisperer” within the South African knifemaking community, Deon’s passion for his craft, coupled with his unwavering commitment to excellence and sustainability, has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a respected and sought-after figure.

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