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ENTHUSIASTS’ EVENT A BIG SUCCESS
Battling robots, knives galore, and a trade show boosting Kiwi talent
The Gameco building in Villa Street, Masterton was the venue for a forum of knife makers and knife enthusiasts from all over New Zealand on Easter Saturday.
The event, which is intended to be an annual gathering, was held last year in Taupo. Gameco is the largest outlet for specialist tools and materials for knife making and blacksmithing in New Zealand and Australia.
Among those presenting and demonstrating their techniques was Brent Sandow, one of New Zealand’s premier knife makers, and Shea Stackhouse, who demonstrated his technique for making Damascus steel. Callum Davidson, a young local blacksmith, demonstrated his craft outside where a small forge and anvil had been set up. Liam Croft, from Tinui, showed examples of his intricate swords, complete with rune-engraved handles and detailed scabbards, and Nick Rowney exhibited detailed dragon’s head handles carved from horn and antler.
Attendees came from as far as Auckland and Napier, and among the luminaries of the knife-making fraternity present was Matt James, who makes Damascus steel and held the event at his workshop last year.
This year’s event attracted more than 40 participants and manager Brett Miller said: “I think it’s been a great success. We are looking forward to running these events somewhere in the country every year.”
Liam Croft’s swords and knives
Callum Davidson demonstrates blacksmithing
Brent Sandow demonstrates his grinding technique