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  NEELS VAN DEN BERG

Owner / Bladesmith / Knifemaker / Designer @ Black Dragon Forge
American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Smith and member of the Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa

As a full-time Bladesmith (American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Smith and member of the Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa), I spend most of my time in my studio workshop. Almost every second is dedicated to learning and / or perfecting some or another aspect of my craft. Smithing is not just a job, but a passionate indulgence - one I'm grateful to have stumbled across in 2009.

I aim to produce practical, high quality, no nonsense cutlery that "delivers the goods" consistently. Cutlery that puts a smile on the face of my client during every use - no matter whether cutting tomatoes, chopping down a tree or skinning his latest trophy.

Experience:

  • Forged Knife Course - Stuart Smith - June 2009
  • Damascus Course - Bertie Rietveld - 2010
  • Cable Damascus Course - Tiaan Burger - 2010
  • Designing Folding Knives - Tiaan Burger - 2010
  • Slip-Lock Folding Knife Course - Herbst - 2011
  • American Bladesmith Society's Introduction to Bladesmithing - Heavin Forge - December 2014
  • American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Certification - June 2016
  • Voting Member of The Knifemakers' Guild Of Southern Africa - July 2017

Competitions and Awards:

  • Pass SABA Blade Performance Test (Cut & Bend), 13 October 2012, Southern African Bladesmiths Association
  • APPRENTICE Classification, October 17 2012, American Bladesmith Society
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2013, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Forged Blade 2013, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Pass ABS Journeyman Blade Performance Test (Cut & Bend), 8 Feb 2014, American Bladesmith Society
  • Best Dagger (Novice) 2014, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Forged Blade (Novice) 2014, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Bowie 2014, SABA (Southern African Bladesmiths Association)
  • Best Forged Blade 2015, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2015, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • JOURNEYMAN Classification, 3 June 2016, American Bladesmith Society (Atlanta USA)
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2016, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade - Point of Interest 2016, Baobab Custom Knife Show
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2017, Durban Easter Knife Show
  • Member of the Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa as a Bladesmith - July 2017
  • Best New Knifemaker 2017, Knifemaker's Guild of Southern Africa Exhibition and Knife Show - 18 August 2017
  • Best Art Fixed Blade 2018, Durban Easter Knife Show
     
Mobile: +27 (0)83 451 3105
Email: neels@blackdragonforge.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neels.vandenberg
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