Greetings from Bruce Barnett at Windy Hollow Forge.
Im a West Australian knifemaker residing in the south west town of Bridgetown. Originally from King Island, I was brought up on a farm so knives were an everyday part of life.
I was introduced to custom knives by WA based maker Max Harvey but credit WA based David Brodziak and NSW based Keith Fludder for really getting me started.
I travel often to the US and have done classes with various Mastersmiths including Ed Caffery, Bruce Bump, Shane Taylor and my good friend Bill Burke, who I visit yearly. I have earnt my Journeyman Smith accreditation from the American Bladesmithing Society and have my sights set on attaining Master Smith shortly.
My favourite knives to make are damascus bladed bowies, fighters and slip joint folders, but I also makes hunters and skinners, fillet and chef knives. The majority of my knives are forged, except for some D2 full tang hunters. The thing I enjoy most about making knives is the evolution of a collection of raw materials - pieces of steel, some handle material - into a functional piece of art, a handmade knife. The steels I favour are 1084, W2, 52100, 5160, 1084 & 15N20 damascus for blades, and 52100/416 san mai for kitchen knives. I predominantly use Australian hardwoods, stag, mammoth & walrus ivory for handles. I have my own Evenheat heat treating oven and do all my own heat treatment. I differentially quench a lot of my field knives, uses clay on W2, and quench all my blades in particular oils. I also make all my own sheaths. Leather for sheaths includes buffalo, croc, snake, barramundi, emu, shark, ostrich and toad.
I am now running knifemaking classes at my property in Bridgetown.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or enquiries and thank you for visiting my website. You can also view my work on my Barnett Custom Knives Facebook page or at bladegallery.com
2015 Adelaide Custom Knife Show - Best Forged Knife
2015 Adelaide Custom Knife Show - Best Hunter
2014 International Cutlers Expo - Best Folding Knife
2012 Adelaide Custom Knife Show - Best Utility Knife
2010 Adelaide Custom Knife Show - Best Forged Knife
2008 Canberra Custom Knife Show - Best Forged Blade
2008 Canberra Custom Knife Show - Best Kitchen Knife
2008 Canberra Custom Knife Show - Best Utility Knife
2009 Canberra Custom Knife Show - Best Utility Knife