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Tiaan Burger

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Tiaan Burger last won the day on November 27 2015

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About Tiaan Burger

  • Birthday 01/08/1970

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    Pretoria, South Africa
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    Knifemaking, bladesmithing, art knives, jewellery making, steel and wood carving
  1. Two stilettos and a kitchen knife

    Finished photos, listed on Etsy for US$820, more details on the Show and Tell thread HERE Visit my Etsy shop HERE
  2. Small craft knife WIP

    This knife is finished, the last bit of work was to do the last couple of leaves, then I had to get rid of all the chisel marks using a deft touch with a very sharp scraper. Final finish was applied using abrasive powder and a toothbrush, followed by patina, then the highlights were brought up by brushing with finely crushed charcoal.
  3. Two stilettos and a kitchen knife

    You will see in my post on Show and Tell that I have started working on this little craft knife again. At first I deactivated the listing on Etsy, but this morning I decided to reactivate it. I'll post a new photo every day, and update the price according to my jobcard. For more info go to my Etsy listing
  4. Small craft knife WIP

    Some more progress on this little knife: All the inlays are in, and I have gone over the background with a "nanako"punch. I also started sculpting the first leaf By last night I have rough sculpted four of the leaves, hoping to have the sculpting done today. More pics to follow, thanks for looking
  5. Small craft knife WIP

    Hi Clifford I posted a series of pics here: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/36501-home-made-ball-vise/ I hope this helps.
  6. Home made ball vise

    In response to a query by Clifford Brewer on my post in Show and tell I have dug up the photos of the ball vise I made. The first photos show its first incarnation, dissassembled. All the parts except the bolts were sourced at a scrap yard. Tool used was an angle grinder, pillar drill, appropriate taps for threading and a gas torch for melting the lead for the ball. The first attempt was heavy enough for use with push gravers where one hand holds the ball vise jaws and the other the graver, but for carving with hammer and chisel it was much too light. I replaced the ball with a larger one. Basically a 6" dia steel sphere cut in half, filled with lead. The base plate was placed on the molten lead, two steel rods across its top and weights placed on top . this cancelled the tendency for steel to float on molten lead and I could get the top of the base plate level with the side of the sphere. The little hole on the side is for a stop pin. The jaw base in place. The rows of holes are for adjusting the fixed jaw. This is to enable me to roughly centre the workpiece. The loose jaw with its hinge pin. The whole thing assembled. The bolt on the side is showing for illustration. Its head drops into a recess as can be seen in the next photo. Side view. ruler is graduated in cm/mm. I use leather on the jaw faces.
  7. Small craft knife WIP

    It's been a while since I posted a show and tell. I started a blog, and need photos to go along with the stories, so you guys are now unwitting victims of my relentless pursuit of infamy. I finished this little craft knife about a week ago. I then listed it on Etsy and posted it here on the For Sale forum. This morning, on my way to mailing a parcel that is going all the way to California I stopped at a garden where there is a ginkgo tree growing a couple of yards inside the fence. We had a bit of a storm last night, so I managed to pick a number of fallen leaves off the ground outside the fence without having to trespass. I love ginkgo leaves, having used them as a theme for a couple of years and I always keep a couple of leaves for reference. With our move two months ago all my dried leaves got crushed. Back home I considered the day's work when inspiration struck. I immediately deactivated the Etsy listing for this knife; don't want it to sell while I am busy tripling its value! I did a couple of layout sketches, each leaf a simple half rounds with a stem. When I was happy with the composition I made a number of copies, cut each leaf from the paper and glued it onto the metal I chose for the inlays: Copper, brass and nickel silver Each leaf was then sawn using a jeweller's saw fitted with a 0/5 blade. I broke only three in the process. Each is sawn at a slight angle, the bottom of the inlay must be larger than the top to allow the raised edge of the pocket to trap the inlay when the edge is tapped down with a punch. From the right, 1 - copper, 2 - nickel silver, 3 - brass, 4 - copper, 5 - nickel silver, 6 - brass and 7 - copper. I transferred the layout from one of the copies using carbon paper, then went over the outlines with a permanent marker. In the pic below you can see that the first copper leaf is in place, and I have raised the edges and started cutting the hollow for the nickel silver leaf that fits against it. After carving it will look like the nickel silver leaf is partially beneath the edge of the copper leaf. It takes some careful filing of the abutting edge to ensure a tight fit. All inlay and carving work is done using hammer and chisels, I also use various punches to set the raised edges. Next instalment I'll show a bit more of the inlay process and the carving. Thank you for looking, questions, comments welcome. Tiaan
  8. Two stilettos and a kitchen knife

    Yes, been a while since I last made anything worth posting here. Most of my time was taken up by carving, but I am now slowly getting back into the knife scene. I actually managed to make an almost normal knife! (also listed on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/tiaanburgermetalart , I'll post more pics in the Show and Tell forum a bit later)
  9. Two stilettos and a kitchen knife

    I have two stilettos which I have made in the past couple of months. the first has a vine climbing up a staircase ending in a flower with silver dot inlays. The second is a gargoyle perched on top of a staircase. both hand carved. The material is mild steel, as it does not need to hold an edge. The third knife is a san-mai kitchen knife, a layer of 1070 and a layer of mild steel, with two-tone handle and storage scabbard. All three are listed on my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tiaanburgermetalart Thank you for looking.
  10. Pirate dagger

    Thank you all for the kind words. Wes, I use a 1mm drill bit shank held in a pin vise. The tip is sharpened in a triangular shape. The sharp edges of the triangle cuts into the ivory fibres instead of just pushing them apart as a round tip would do. An acute angle makes a smaller spot in the ivory, a "blunter" tip makes a larger spot. The needle must be extremely sharp, I sharpen mine two two three times in a morning session of scrim, using a 1200 grit diamond hone.
  11. Pirate dagger

    ...continued On the other side I scrimmed a tall ship. Scrimshaw is not my favourite pastime, I find it to be extremely tiring. The pommel cap was held in place with two drops of CA adhesive in order to have a flush finish between the cap and the handle. A light tap broke the bond. I then patinated the cap and the guard. Assembly was a matter of making sure everything fit, then glueing the handle onto the blade. When the handle / tang joint was fully cured I pinned and glued on the pommel cap During the years of laying idle in the drawer the blade developed a fine layer of rust. Instead of re-sanding I used some metal polish and lots of rubbing to bring the blade to a level of polish that fit the theme: The finished knife: The client picked up the knife two days ago, and he was very happy with the result. Questions and comments welcome.
  12. Pirate dagger

    About eight years ago I made an experimental blade using cable and thin tool steel rods twisted into a rope. After grinding, polishing and etching it I put it in a drawer as I had no idea what to do for a handle. Around May of last year (2015) a client visited my shop and asked to see what I am working on. As I opened the drawer he spotted the blade and fell in love. He asked me to finish it for him, and gave me total artistic freedom within his budget. A month or so passed and I had a faint idea of using a tsuba type guard, so I made one, and added two brass spacers as well: I had no idea how to continue so I put the blade away again. While doing research for some other project I stumbled across an image of a pirate flag, a skull with two crossed daggers, which closely resemble this blade. I decided there and then on a pirate theme. The first step was to finish all the fittings; a rope carving around the guard to fit into the nautical them, and a "Jolly Rodger" pommel cap, both in mild steel: The handle took a while to come together. I chose red ivory and blackwood, with a red and black spacer between the two, symbolizing violence and death. I also inlaid two bits of ivory in order to add some scrimshaw: On one side I did a scrim of Captain Blackbeard: ... to be continued
  13. Stiletto, friction folder and chef's knife for sale

    Chef's knife SOLD. Year end sale until 17 December. Use coupon code YEAREND to get 25% on all items.
  14. Stairway to heaven, a gothic stiletto

    Thank you all for the kind words. Don, I used a jeweler's saw fitted with a 0/2 blade.
  15. Moonlight Mantis - Inlaid friction folder

    Thank you Justin. The handle consists of three parts: the two sides and a spine. The sides were first mounted upside down and a recess for the spine cut all along the back. The spine was then bend to fit the recess and the three parts were silver-soldered. To keep the handle from distorting while carving I cut a piece of steel to fit tight inside of the folder.