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Check out Aaron's first kitchen knife (I'm sure that's not the proper flash name for it lol): wickedly sharp, won't be letting the boys use it๐Ÿ˜‰Go follow him @greenknives! #nzknifemaker #handmadeinnz #handmade #handmadeknives #handmadeknife #functionalart #buylocal #newplymouth #foodie
Also the first time this has happened. Trying to fix a slightly warped blade just after the temper cycles. First time working with 52100 steel and I'm finding it to be a tricky steel to please.

Anyone have advice on heat treat or anything else to do with this steel? @nyatiblades you work a lot with 52100 right? Does it give you a headache too? Hahahah

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #utatheknifemaker #52100steel #brokenknife #kitchenknife #heattreatment #fail #chefsknife #knifemaking #wip #taranaki #nz #carryon
Also the first time this has happened. Trying to fix a slightly warped blade just after the temper cycles. First time working with 52100 steel and I'm finding it to be a tricky steel to please. Anyone have advice on heat treat or anything else to do with this steel? @nyatiblades you work a lot with 52100 right? Does it give you a headache too? Hahahah #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #utatheknifemaker  #52100steel  #brokenknife  #kitchenknife  #heattreatment  #fail  #chefsknife  #knifemaking  #wip  #taranaki  #nz  #carryon 
Quick vid of our shop built electric kiln that we use to heat treat all of our knives in. This is her cooling down from 1085ยฐ Celsius after heat treating some damasteel. 
It's really nice to stand in front of it on a cold day!

#zanderblades #kiln #heattreat #heattreatment #nzknifemaker #damasteel #hot #hightemp #electric #electrickiln #homemade #nz #nofilter
This is what Grace and I get up to during the night time. Just casually putting my hand inside 1090 degree Celsius kiln. Fun times! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Well yeah ๐Ÿ˜’ I had a gloves on but still ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
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Rough profile ground and drilled ready for heat treat. Time to go get the dry ice!!
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New saw blade got the job done nicely and I didn't loose too much time because of the setback, so that's good ๐Ÿ‘
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Found a neat little trick for laying out the knives. Two little magnets to hold the template in place makes transferring the pattern SO much easier!! It's the little tips and tricks no one tells you about hahaha ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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Found a neat little trick for laying out the knives. Two little magnets to hold the template in place makes transferring the pattern SO much easier!! It's the little tips and tricks no one tells you about hahaha ๐Ÿ‘Œ . . . . . #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #knifemaking  #customknives  #handmadeknife  #handmadeknives  #christmas  #zenith  #ascension  #12c27  #stainlesssteel  #huntingknife  #fishingknife  #outdoorknives  #huntingfishing  #fishing  #bushcraft  #hunting  #bushcraftknives  #wip 
This is what Grace and I get up to during the night time. Just casually putting my hand inside 1090 degree Celsius kiln. Fun times! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Well yeah ๐Ÿ˜’ I had a gloves on but still ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
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#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #knifemaking #customknives #handmadeknives #heattreat #heattreatment #hot #kiln #electrickiln #hightemp #wip #shoplife #goodtimes #sweating
Another close look at that gorgeous Juma ๐Ÿ˜
You wouldn't believe how amazing it feels in the hand unless you actually hold it!
Its silky smooth yet has plenty of grip when wet.

Already miss this knife ๐Ÿ˜”
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Another close look at that gorgeous Juma ๐Ÿ˜ You wouldn't believe how amazing it feels in the hand unless you actually hold it! Its silky smooth yet has plenty of grip when wet. Already miss this knife ๐Ÿ˜” . . . . #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #knifemaker  #customknives  #kitchenknives  #culinaryknives  #chefsknife  #cheflife  #damascus  #damascussteel  #damasteel  #damasteelchefknife  #handmadewithlove  #handmadeknives  #handmadeknife  #juma  #ivory  #luxury  #bestknivesofig  #kitchenware  #madeinnewzealand  #nz  #elforyn 
I love this knife. Pretty sad to have to say goodbye to it but the new owner will love it forever, no doubt about that!

Gorgeous @damasteelab
stainless damascus paired with seductive ivory Juma. What more could you ask for? ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š
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I love this knife. Pretty sad to have to say goodbye to it but the new owner will love it forever, no doubt about that! Gorgeous @damasteelab stainless damascus paired with seductive ivory Juma. What more could you ask for? ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š . . . . #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #knifemaker  #customknives  #kitchenknives  #culinaryknives  #chefsknife  #cheflife  #damascus  #damascussteel  #damasteel  #damasteelchefknife  #handmadewithlove  #handmadeknives  #handmadeknife  #juma  #ivory  #luxury  #bestknivesofig  #kitchenware  #madeinnewzealand  #nz  #elforyn 
Rough profile ground and drilled ready for heat treat. Time to go get the dry ice!!
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#nzknifemaker #zanderblades #customknives #handmadeknives #huntingknife #hunting #fishingknife #fishing #outdoorknives #outdoors #bushcraftknives #bushcraft #christmas #handmade #kids #christmaspresents #christmaspresent #12c27
New saw blade got the job done nicely and I didn't loose too much time because of the setback, so that's good ๐Ÿ‘
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#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #wip #customknives #handmadeknives #12c27 #huntingknife #huntingfishing #fishingknife #fishing #outdoorknives #outdoors #bushcraftknives #bushcraft #madeinnewzealand
Classic setback! Sometimes you just have to laugh. 
I got through a few cuts on the bandsaw and the blade snapped on me. Luckily the engineering shop half an hour away had a replacement in stock. *phew*
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#nzknifemaker #zanderblades #fail #wip #bandsaw #brokenblade #setback #nobiggie #carryon
Found a neat little trick for laying out the knives. Two little magnets to hold the template in place makes transferring the pattern SO much easier!! It's the little tips and tricks no one tells you about hahaha ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #knifemaking #customknives #handmadeknife #handmadeknives #christmas #zenith #ascension #12c27 #stainlesssteel #huntingknife #fishingknife #outdoorknives #huntingfishing #fishing #bushcraft #hunting #bushcraftknives #wip
Found a neat little trick for laying out the knives. Two little magnets to hold the template in place makes transferring the pattern SO much easier!! It's the little tips and tricks no one tells you about hahaha ๐Ÿ‘Œ . . . . . #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #knifemaking  #customknives  #handmadeknife  #handmadeknives  #christmas  #zenith  #ascension  #12c27  #stainlesssteel  #huntingknife  #fishingknife  #outdoorknives  #huntingfishing  #fishing  #bushcraft  #hunting  #bushcraftknives  #wip 
Started a small, quick, batch of our two new models today as a Christmas special! The Zenith designed by my talented fiancee, Grace. And Ascension designed by myself! .
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Had to make my own die holder today since I didn't have the right size one and the engineering shop was closed! Extremely happy with how it came out.

I filmed the process and will edit and upload it on our YouTube tomorrow morning which might be an interesting watch.
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I've been "testing" this knife every day in our kitchen and every time I am blown away by how well it's holding its edge, how comfortable it is and just how drop dead gorgeous it is! 
The handle is made from G10 and Juma by @elforyn.de which I am definitely using again because it feels amazing in the hand, even when wet and it looks stunning! Also the team at Elforyn were so easy and fast to deal with and had excellent service! Really impressed!

Just amazed at the damasteel from @damasteelab 
Also, home made mozzarella!! Yum!
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#nzknifemaker #customknives #handmadeknives #damasteel #damascussteel #juma #newzealand #madeinnewzealand #santoku  #chefsknife #art #ivory #g10 #mozzarella #cheese #taranaki #cheflife #elegant #bestknivesofig #knifeporn #luxury #epicknives
I've been "testing" this knife every day in our kitchen and every time I am blown away by how well it's holding its edge, how comfortable it is and just how drop dead gorgeous it is! The handle is made from G10 and Juma by @elforyn.de which I am definitely using again because it feels amazing in the hand, even when wet and it looks stunning! Also the team at Elforyn were so easy and fast to deal with and had excellent service! Really impressed! Just amazed at the damasteel from @damasteelab Also, home made mozzarella!! Yum! . . . #nzknifemaker  #customknives  #handmadeknives  #damasteel  #damascussteel  #juma  #newzealand  #madeinnewzealand  #santoku  #chefsknife  #art  #ivory  #g10  #mozzarella  #cheese  #taranaki  #cheflife  #elegant  #bestknivesofig  #knifeporn  #luxury  #epicknives 
Check out this insane @damasteelab stainless damascus and @bwp #shokwood chefs knife! 
Incredibly light and beautifully efficient! We love this knife!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #sharp #artisan #knife #knives #knifeporn #chefsknife #gyoto #nz #elegant #stainlesssteel #damascus #kitchenknives #babe #beautiful #culinaryknives #knifecollector #epicknives #ibfnz #handmade #art #luxury #knifemaker #odinseye #odin
We're all set up here at #ibfnz and ready for the day!
We will post more pictures of the new knives throughout today!

#nzknifemaker #zanderblades #fair #hunting #fishing #outdoors #chefsknife #gyoto #knives #india #indianbusinessfair #kitchenknives #sharp #knifetime #knifeporn #damasteel
Quick vid of our shop built electric kiln that we use to heat treat all of our knives in. This is her cooling down from 1085ยฐ Celsius after heat treating some damasteel. 
It's really nice to stand in front of it on a cold day!

#zanderblades #kiln #heattreat #heattreatment #nzknifemaker #damasteel #hot #hightemp #electric #electrickiln #homemade #nz #nofilter
Been working on a few knife display stands for our up and coming show. Going for the rustic appeal with these burned logs. Beautiful oak from a fallen tree that burned nicely to show off their tight ring structure. Who doesn't love to get happy with a blow torch now and again!? Here is my personal knife trying it out for size. 
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Been working on a few knife display stands for our up and coming show. Going for the rustic appeal with these burned logs. Beautiful oak from a fallen tree that burned nicely to show off their tight ring structure. Who doesn't love to get happy with a blow torch now and again!? Here is my personal knife trying it out for size. #knife  #knifedisplay  #oak  #knifestand  #knives  #burned  #burnedwood  #fire  #workshop  #zanderblades  #knifeshow  #nzknifemaker  #newzealand  #artisan  #artizanderblades  #knifemaker  #knifeporn  #sharp  #n690  #dymondwood 
After way too many hours of hand sanding this blade can finally have my seal of approval.. Actually, I'm falling in love with this one.... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #gyuto #chefsknife #culinaryknives #kitchenknife #japanese #kiritsuke #handrubbed #hammerfinish #satinfinish #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nz #nofilter #satisfyingvideos #iwant #knife #sharp #blade
Meet Brett, New Zealand manager for Gameco Artisan Supplies. Australia and New Zealand's biggest and best supplier of knifemaking, Blacksmithing, glass and all hot, hard and dirty niche artisan industries. #newzealandknifemaker #nzknifemaker #knifemaking #nzblacksmith #nzblacksmithing #nzartisan #nzglass #newzealandglass @brett.gameco #australianknifemaker #australianknifemaking #nzcraft #nzshed newzealandshed
This is one of the many reasons that high end hand made knives cost as much as they do. Hours and hours of hand sanding each knife to perfection! 
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My favourite part of the knife making process. Hand sanding!!! YAY!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But seriously. I don't like hand sanding. ๐Ÿ˜

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WIP of this RWL34 hidden tang chef's knife! Coming along very nicely I think. This is at 600 grit.

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nofilter #chefsknife #wip #knifemaking #rwl34 #grinding #nz #taranaki #tools #shiny #gettingthere
Hey everyone! We've decided that this page should be dedicated to finished knives so that it can serve more of a showroom and showcase the end product 
If you still like seeing work in progress and shop life content please head over to our @uta_alexander page. 
That way you'll get more relevant content and who doesn't love that!! Thanks everyone! 
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Just found out what WIP means hahaha

The hammer finish is coming up pretty good I think. Very fitting to the style of these two knives!

One of these is in 52100 straight carbon bearing steel and the other is in RWL34 premium stainless steel! 
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Also the first time this has happened. Trying to fix a slightly warped blade just after the temper cycles. First time working with 52100 steel and I'm finding it to be a tricky steel to please.

Anyone have advice on heat treat or anything else to do with this steel? @nyatiblades you work a lot with 52100 right? Does it give you a headache too? Hahahah

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #utatheknifemaker #52100steel #brokenknife #kitchenknife #heattreatment #fail #chefsknife #knifemaking #wip #taranaki #nz #carryon
Also the first time this has happened. Trying to fix a slightly warped blade just after the temper cycles. First time working with 52100 steel and I'm finding it to be a tricky steel to please. Anyone have advice on heat treat or anything else to do with this steel? @nyatiblades you work a lot with 52100 right? Does it give you a headache too? Hahahah #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #utatheknifemaker  #52100steel  #brokenknife  #kitchenknife  #heattreatment  #fail  #chefsknife  #knifemaking  #wip  #taranaki  #nz  #carryon 
First time this has happened to me. New materials take quite a bit of time to master so casualties are to be expected. 
Luckily this steel won't go to waste. I'll change the shape and make a smaller knife instead.

I've found these little hiccups to be quite frustrating in the past since materials are expensive and there is a lot of time wasted. However, I am learning that failure has a huge upside to it. It allows you to get used to being uncomfortable, provides an environment in which you can grow as a person as well as a professional and most importantly you learn and get experience that is otherwise impossible to obtain! 
#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #knifemaker #nz #fail #cracks #rwl34 #hammerfinish #chefsknife #culinaryknives #learning #growing #learnfrommistakes #wip #wisdom #improviseadaptovercome #adapt #keepworking #taranaki #utatheknifemaker
First time this has happened to me. New materials take quite a bit of time to master so casualties are to be expected. Luckily this steel won't go to waste. I'll change the shape and make a smaller knife instead. I've found these little hiccups to be quite frustrating in the past since materials are expensive and there is a lot of time wasted. However, I am learning that failure has a huge upside to it. It allows you to get used to being uncomfortable, provides an environment in which you can grow as a person as well as a professional and most importantly you learn and get experience that is otherwise impossible to obtain! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #knifemaker  #nz  #fail  #cracks  #rwl34  #hammerfinish  #chefsknife  #culinaryknives  #learning  #growing  #learnfrommistakes  #wip  #wisdom  #improviseadaptovercome  #adapt  #keepworking  #taranaki  #utatheknifemaker 
Ernie from @beartoothwoods is an absolute legend! 
He sent us a few of their newest knife scale materials to try out along with our order! Very impressed with the colour variations and can't wait to try them out as I think once shaped they'll produce super interesting patterns. 
Also Lava the workshop cat approves!! #zanderblades #beartoothwoods  #nzknifemaker #nz #knifescales #colour #lavathecat #legend #domino #knifehandlematerial #taranaki #workshop #lovinglife #utatheknifemaker #uta
Ernie from @beartoothwoods is an absolute legend! He sent us a few of their newest knife scale materials to try out along with our order! Very impressed with the colour variations and can't wait to try them out as I think once shaped they'll produce super interesting patterns. Also Lava the workshop cat approves!! #zanderblades  #beartoothwoods  #nzknifemaker  #nz  #knifescales  #colour  #lavathecat  #legend  #domino  #knifehandlematerial  #taranaki  #workshop  #lovinglife  #utatheknifemaker  #uta 
We got some GORGEOUS new materials in from @beartoothwoods for a few of our upcoming kitchen knives that we'll be taking to the Indian Business Fair, hosted by @adarainvest in two weeks! 
We have even more amazing handle materials that we'll post in the next couple of days! 
#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #beartoothwoods #knifemaking #knifehandlematerial #ibfnz #adarainvest #knifeporn #kitchenknives #chefsknife #hiddentang #workingeveryday #lovinglife  #nz #taranaki #resin #acrylic #weekend #colour
We got some GORGEOUS new materials in from @beartoothwoods for a few of our upcoming kitchen knives that we'll be taking to the Indian Business Fair, hosted by @adarainvest in two weeks! We have even more amazing handle materials that we'll post in the next couple of days! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #beartoothwoods  #knifemaking  #knifehandlematerial  #ibfnz  #adarainvest  #knifeporn  #kitchenknives  #chefsknife  #hiddentang  #workingeveryday  #lovinglife  #nz  #taranaki  #resin  #acrylic  #weekend  #colour 
Managed to get away for a few hours this Friday after a long day in the workshop. Fantastic to finally get out there! Here is one of our amazing Catalysts just after cleaning this Perch like it was butter!
And look at the colour in the handle!  Its like New Zealand green stone! Gorgeous!

Have an amazing weekend!! #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #fishing #catalyst #nofilter #friday #outtheredoingit #knifeinaction #perch #nz #angler #lovinglife #taranaki #patea
๐Ÿ˜ฎ So that's what that cracking sound was!! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ hahahaha fail.

I just made this file guide like two days ago!! That's what I get for not tempering it I guess. Yep I'm a boot-strapper for sure. 
I know I should just buy the carbide file guide instead of making my own out of N690 stainless again.. buuuuuuut I'll probably just make another one. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #bootstrapper #knifemaking #fileguide #stainlesssteel #hiddentang #mistakes #learning #nz #fail
๐Ÿ˜ฎ So that's what that cracking sound was!! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ hahahaha fail. I just made this file guide like two days ago!! That's what I get for not tempering it I guess. Yep I'm a boot-strapper for sure. I know I should just buy the carbide file guide instead of making my own out of N690 stainless again.. buuuuuuut I'll probably just make another one. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #bootstrapper  #knifemaking  #fileguide  #stainlesssteel  #hiddentang  #mistakes  #learning  #nz  #fail 
The difference in textures that the two ball peen hammers make. On the left is my new big ball peen hammer which will probably be more suited to knives.

The only thing that concerns me is creating additional stress in the knife blank since I'll be hammering cold. 
Has anyone done this before? Any tips would be much appreciated!! #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #ballpeen #hammerfinish #knifemaking #railroad #milling #artisan
The difference in textures that the two ball peen hammers make. On the left is my new big ball peen hammer which will probably be more suited to knives. The only thing that concerns me is creating additional stress in the knife blank since I'll be hammering cold. Has anyone done this before? Any tips would be much appreciated!! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #ballpeen  #hammerfinish  #knifemaking  #railroad  #milling  #artisan 
This is what we ended up with! Extremely happy with the result considering my old milling machine!! This will be a handy tool for the workshop! Thank you so much to @tormach for creating such an amazing tool! Loving my TTS Super Fly!

If anyone is interested in feeds and speeds I was running the mill at about 325RPM with a roughing depth of cut of 0.5mm at 30mm/min and finishing depth of cut of 0.3mn at 25mm/min

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #instamachinist #cnc #milling #railroad #anvil #flycuter #tormach
This is what we ended up with! Extremely happy with the result considering my old milling machine!! This will be a handy tool for the workshop! Thank you so much to @tormach for creating such an amazing tool! Loving my TTS Super Fly! If anyone is interested in feeds and speeds I was running the mill at about 325RPM with a roughing depth of cut of 0.5mm at 30mm/min and finishing depth of cut of 0.3mn at 25mm/min #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #instamachinist  #cnc  #milling  #railroad  #anvil  #flycuter  #tormach 
Bit of an update on the milling. Learning some interesting things. Like just how rigid our mill is. Not very hahahah

One final video coming after this!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #cnc #milling #tormach #steel
Milling a piece of rail road steel today! How awesome is that??? The idea is that I'll have a small anvil type work face so that I can create a hammered finish on some of our knives using a ball peen hammer. 
Credit goes to John from @saundersmachineworks who did pretty much the same thing with his friend. His video was a great starting place in figuring out how to get this done! Thanks John! 
Also, I used the #tormach superfly with the steel cutting insert which is working great!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #milling #cnc #anvil #hammerfinish #knifemaking #railroad #buzybee #nz #taranaki
Milling a piece of rail road steel today! How awesome is that??? The idea is that I'll have a small anvil type work face so that I can create a hammered finish on some of our knives using a ball peen hammer. Credit goes to John from @saundersmachineworks who did pretty much the same thing with his friend. His video was a great starting place in figuring out how to get this done! Thanks John! Also, I used the #tormach  superfly with the steel cutting insert which is working great! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #milling  #cnc  #anvil  #hammerfinish  #knifemaking  #railroad  #buzybee  #nz  #taranaki 
Testing out a new finishing technique for a few of our upcoming knives.

Thinking of putting this effect towards the tops of the bevels and then finish grinding them.

This is on a scrap piece of cold 52100 done with a small ball peen hammer and lightly buffed with white, Fabuluster and pink rouges. 
What are your thoughts? Should I try it with a bigger ball peen hammer? 
#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #52100 #52100steel #ballpeen #knifefinish #experimental #thoughts #technique #hammer #hammerfinish #knifestuff #jewellary
Testing out a new finishing technique for a few of our upcoming knives. Thinking of putting this effect towards the tops of the bevels and then finish grinding them. This is on a scrap piece of cold 52100 done with a small ball peen hammer and lightly buffed with white, Fabuluster and pink rouges. What are your thoughts? Should I try it with a bigger ball peen hammer? #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #52100  #52100steel  #ballpeen  #knifefinish  #experimental  #thoughts  #technique  #hammer  #hammerfinish  #knifestuff  #jewellary 
Made this cool little tool yesterday. Its made for scraping/cutting the tang shoulders square on a hidden tang knife. 
I re-purposed an old HHS endmill and ground it to shape on my 2x72" belt grinder and then epoxied it into a pool ball! Neat right?

Can't wait to try it out!!! #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #customtools #endmill #repurposed #hhs  #hiddentang
Made this cool little tool yesterday. Its made for scraping/cutting the tang shoulders square on a hidden tang knife. I re-purposed an old HHS endmill and ground it to shape on my 2x72" belt grinder and then epoxied it into a pool ball! Neat right? Can't wait to try it out!!! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #customtools  #endmill  #repurposed  #hhs  #hiddentang 
My nephew made his first knife while he was staying with us for a week during these school holidays! He worked bloody hard during that week and made something that will last him for years to come! Most of all he was proud of himself and enjoyed learning a bit about knife making. We loved having him with us! 
The knife he made was in N690 stainless steel with a pretty neat blade and some of my shop made green micarta on the handle. I liked the design so much that i think i might have to make one for myself!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #startthemyoung #stainlesssteel #micarta #hardwork #knifemaking #youngknifemaker #awesome
My nephew made his first knife while he was staying with us for a week during these school holidays! He worked bloody hard during that week and made something that will last him for years to come! Most of all he was proud of himself and enjoyed learning a bit about knife making. We loved having him with us! The knife he made was in N690 stainless steel with a pretty neat blade and some of my shop made green micarta on the handle. I liked the design so much that i think i might have to make one for myself! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #startthemyoung  #stainlesssteel  #micarta  #hardwork  #knifemaking  #youngknifemaker  #awesome 
Fly cutting some big Aluminium plate for the upgrade with the #tormach TTS Superfly! Man it's a wicked tool!! Look at that pile of chips!! #zanderblades #nzknifemaker #cnc #aluminium #flycutter #clearpath #instamachinist #machining #surfacefinish
Want a knife you'll love forever? A knife you'll take with you on every adventure? Imagine how many great memories you will have with one of our knives! 
How about this beauty? Gorgeous layered black G10 with subtle contour lines accompanied with vivid green liners for a bit of dramatic effect!! Such sweet curves and edges!

Check it out on our web at www.zanderblades.co.nz

#beauty #knifeporn #zanderblades #catalyst #nzknifemaker #cnc #hunting #advdnture #fishing #outdoors #bushcraft #memories #g10 #black #green #knife #knives #luxury #iwant #sale
Want a knife you'll love forever? A knife you'll take with you on every adventure? Imagine how many great memories you will have with one of our knives! How about this beauty? Gorgeous layered black G10 with subtle contour lines accompanied with vivid green liners for a bit of dramatic effect!! Such sweet curves and edges! Check it out on our web at www.zanderblades.co.nz #beauty  #knifeporn  #zanderblades  #catalyst  #nzknifemaker  #cnc  #hunting  #advdnture  #fishing  #outdoors  #bushcraft  #memories  #g10  #black  #green  #knife  #knives  #luxury  #iwant  #sale 
Knife of the day!!! This beautiful Catalyst with its stabilized maple burl is a dream! And its for sale!!!! Go take a look on our website at www.zanderblades.co.nz for more info! 
#zanderblades #catalyst #nzknifemaker #madeinnewzealand #cnc #stabilizedwood #stainless #nzhunting #hunting #outdoors #fishing #bushcraft #burlwood #maple #taranaki #flatground #knifephotography #knifeporn #imadethis #proud #forsale
Hey @thehouseofmarley_nz thanks for liking our knives! I have the Smile Jamaica Bluetooth headphones that you guys make. I love them and use them every day that I'm in my workshop making knives.

Having minimal wires means I don't get them caught in machinery and the sound isolating ear buds are a treat! As far as Bluetooth headphones go, I have been amazed at the battery life!  Keep up the excellent work!!
Cheers, Uta

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #marley #smilejamaica #cnc #workshop #nz #uta #lovemylife
Hey @thehouseofmarley_nz thanks for liking our knives! I have the Smile Jamaica Bluetooth headphones that you guys make. I love them and use them every day that I'm in my workshop making knives. Having minimal wires means I don't get them caught in machinery and the sound isolating ear buds are a treat! As far as Bluetooth headphones go, I have been amazed at the battery life! Keep up the excellent work!! Cheers, Uta #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #marley  #smilejamaica  #cnc  #workshop  #nz  #uta  #lovemylife 
Knife of the day! Up for sale on our website at www.zanderblades.co.nz

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nz #madeinnewzealand #catalyst #nzhunting #hunting #outdoors #bushcraft #fishing #taranaki #knifephotography #knifeporn #cnc #G10 #blue #imgoingtobednow
Another awesome Catalyst that's up for sale on the website! Go check it out at www.zanderblades.co.nz 
#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nz #catalyst #hunting #outdoors #knifephotography #knifeporn #bushcraft #newzealandmade #madeinnewzealand #fishing #musthave
I just finished a handle replacement for a friends chefs knife that was made over 70 years ago in France by the company now known as Sabatier. I am deeply honoured to be trusted with such an awesome heirloom! 
You can see a brief process of the replacement in the pictures. From coming up with a design, to making the first set of scales only to have them fail due to insufficient surface area and heat input during grinding. And then switching to a simpler but stronger design. 
I made the handle out of stabilized New Zealand smoky walnut, black G10 and brass. It has brass pins that have been peened in place and ground flat.

I really hope that the owner of this knife will like what we've done and will keep using and loving the knife as he did before!

Thanks for looking!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nz #sabatier #walnut #G10 #brass #honoured #chefsknife #french #france #hairloom #taranaki #learning #improving
I just finished a handle replacement for a friends chefs knife that was made over 70 years ago in France by the company now known as Sabatier. I am deeply honoured to be trusted with such an awesome heirloom! You can see a brief process of the replacement in the pictures. From coming up with a design, to making the first set of scales only to have them fail due to insufficient surface area and heat input during grinding. And then switching to a simpler but stronger design. I made the handle out of stabilized New Zealand smoky walnut, black G10 and brass. It has brass pins that have been peened in place and ground flat. I really hope that the owner of this knife will like what we've done and will keep using and loving the knife as he did before! Thanks for looking! #zanderblades  #nzknifemaker  #nz  #sabatier  #walnut  #G10  #brass  #honoured  #chefsknife  #french  #france  #hairloom  #taranaki  #learning  #improving 
One of the Catalysts that's up for sale on our website at the moment!  I love the green handle on this, it looks like New Zealand Greenstone!!! Go check it out for specs and do the swipey thing to see more photos of it!

#zanderblades #catalyst #nzknifemaker #nz #greenstone #hunting #nzhunting #cnc #outdoors #survival #bushcraft #knifephotography #knifeporn #madeinnz #madeinnewzealand #taranaki #patea
Hey everyone!! Grace and I just launched our updated website! It has a few knives up for sale on it if anyone is interested!!! We would love to hear if you have any comments about it, especially if it works on your device! 
Thanks for your love and support!

#zanderblades #nzknifemaker #nz #cnc #customknives #hunting #catalyst #website #feedback #midtech #collectorknives
Had a sweet mail call this morning! Thanks to #tradetools and #carbidenz for their fast shipping and excellent service! Now I have three primary jobs. Get a knife handle glued up. Tram the mill. Finish the CAM in order to mill the upgrade! So excited for the rest of the week! 
#zanderblades #nz #nzknifemaker #cnc #tormach #insize #milling #aluminium
Getting some aluminium ready for milling the next upgrade for our awesome CNC! Im super excited to be using this much aluminium but man it makes me nervous!! Just waiting for the extra long three flute endmills to come in tomorrow and we'll be into it! Also the TTS Superfly arrived so I can't wait to do some fly cutting!! #zanderblades #cnc #tormach #superfly #milling #aluminium #endmill #lovemylife #lovemywork #shoplife #nz #nzknifemaker
A very special knife with the Backridge Butcher logo etched on the bevel! The etch is our own experimental method we are improving and refining but we are SO happy with the results, even on a conventionally produced steel!

If you're into hunting and the beautiful scenery of New Zealand go check out the Backridge Butcher on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and his web, they have awesome hunting videos and they also do epic guided hunts!!! #nz #newzealandmade #newzealand #hunting #nzhunting #nzknifemaker #zanderblades #catalyst #backridgebutcher #hawkesbay #taranaki #kawekas #knife #stabilizedwood #micarta #sikashow2017
A very special knife with the Backridge Butcher logo etched on the bevel! The etch is our own experimental method we are improving and refining but we are SO happy with the results, even on a conventionally produced steel! If you're into hunting and the beautiful scenery of New Zealand go check out the Backridge Butcher on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and his web, they have awesome hunting videos and they also do epic guided hunts!!! #nz  #newzealandmade  #newzealand  #hunting  #nzhunting  #nzknifemaker  #zanderblades  #catalyst  #backridgebutcher  #hawkesbay  #taranaki  #kawekas  #knife  #stabilizedwood  #micarta  #sikashow2017 
Knives ready for the Ohoka Market

#knives #stuartackerman #nzknifemaker #ohokamarket #ackermanknives #ackermancustomknives
Serratas, all shapes and sizes from years gone by.

#knives #ackermancustomknives #serrata #ackermanknives #nzknifemaker
Check out Aaron's first kitchen knife (I'm sure that's not the proper flash name for it lol): wickedly sharp, won't be letting the boys use it๐Ÿ˜‰Go follow him @greenknives! #nzknifemaker #handmadeinnz #handmade #handmadeknives #handmadeknife #functionalart #buylocal #newplymouth #foodie
Actually found a pic of the finished handle!! One tiny scratch on the blade from a bit for last minute epoxy cleaning, but other than that perfect 240 grit finishe on the blade and handle!! #nzknifemaker #knife #refurbishment #knifemaking
Actually found a pic of the finished handle!! One tiny scratch on the blade from a bit for last minute epoxy cleaning, but other than that perfect 240 grit finishe on the blade and handle!! #nzknifemaker  #knife  #refurbishment  #knifemaking