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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

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