Andre Thornburn Silver Twill Inlays w/Black G10
A Member of the Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa since 1995.
Andre, eldest son of Tommy and Stienie Thorburn was born on May 12, 1956 in Johannesburg. He is part of an artistic family, and grew up on a farm outside Warmbaths, where he learned to think for himself, and work with his hands. After school he trained as a pastor, married Marietjie and became a family man. In 1989 he met Roelf Swanepoel who introduced him to the art of knife making. He sold his golf clubs and club cart and built his first belt grinder.
He sold his first knife in 1990 to a friend and became a full time knife maker in 1996. In 2001 he became a member of the German Knife Makers Guild. He believes that custom knives must be excellent in form and function, therefore he also conducts knife-making courses to help new knife makers excel.
He specializes in fully engraved hunters and folders that echoes African touches and with precise mechanisms. He adds detail to his knives with very fine file work on blades, spacers and liners. He uses exotic handle materials such as: Mother of Pearl, Mammoth ivory, Arizona Desert Ironwood, Maple and Burl and other stabilized woods as well as the local Giraffe bone, Warthog tusks, Hippo ivory and Buffalo horn. Blade materials are: Damasteel from Sweden, 12C27 Sandvik from Sweden, N690 Bohler from Austria, BG42 and high quality Damascus made by e.g. Darryl Meier and Etttore Gianferrari a local Damascus artist who has won several prices for his exceptional work. He uses only Titanium liners and Teflon shims on his liner locking folders.
In November 2003 he won the Best Folder Award at the IMA 2003 in Munchen Germany and has won numerous awards from the Knife Makers Guild of Southern Africa over the years.
|Brand||SA HANDMADE KNIVES|
|SA Handmade Knives||Andre E. Thorburn|
|Blade Steel||Austrian N690 Bohler|
|Handle||Silver Twill Inlays/G10|
|Locking Type||Liner Lock|
|Carry System||Pocket Clip|
|Blade Length||9.8 cm|
|Overall Length||22.3 cm|
|Features||Custom Knifemaker: Andre Thornburn
Design: Flipper Liner Lock Folder
IKBS Bearing System
Liners: Anodized Titanium with Jewelling
Pouch: Nylon w/Velcro Closure