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Rucus Coetzee

Rucus Coetzee, our Knife Maker of the Month for June, is a master bladesmith based in the tranquil Eastern Cape, near South Africa’s breathtaking Garden Route. Rucus embarked on his knifemaking journey in 2010 when he joined Heavin Forge in Mpumalanga as an apprentice under the tutelage of ABS master smiths Kevin and Heather Harvey. Over two and a half years, Rucus honed his skills, learning the intricacies of blade crafting and eventually becoming a full-time knifemaker.

In 2012, at just 21, Rucus earned his membership in the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa, a testament to his exceptional skill and dedication. Rucus’ work is deeply rooted in historical inspiration, with a particular affinity for creating daggers and swords. He also takes pride in crafting more straightforward pieces like hunting knives, bowies, and Japanese-style chef knives, all of which reflect his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality.

Rucus primarily works with high-carbon steel and occasionally forges stunning Damascus blades. His materials of choice for handles include natural Burl woods and non-ferrous metals like copper and bronze, adding a unique aesthetic and tactile quality to his knives. As he continues to push the boundaries of his craft, Rucus is diligently working towards achieving his “Journeyman Smith” rating with the American Bladesmith Society, aspiring to one day attain the prestigious title of Master Smith. Through his dedication and passion, Rucus Coetzee exemplifies the finest in South African knife making.

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