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I am a knifemaker working in Dunedin, New Zealand. Hoiho is the Maori name for the rarest penguin in the world, the yellow eyed penguin. It lives and breeds along the coasts of the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, where I live and have my workshop in Harwood right on the Otago harbor.

I was born and brought up in the Netherlands where I was trained as a Goldsmith and emigrated to New Zealand in 1979. Then I found a book by David Boye about knife making. This opened up a whole new world: since childhood I have always had a fascination about knives and had made a few, but it never occurred to me that people were making custom knives for a living.

These days I am a full time knifemaker with 30 years experience of jewelry manufacturing and repair, and I give some jewelry classes at Otago Polytechnic.

The Knives I Make
I started with knives made from sawblades and files then progressed to 440c stainless but in the last 10 years I have mainly been forging and making my own Damascus steel, from L6, 1095, O1, 5160, chainsaw or motorbike chain and steel cable. All the damascus and carbon steel blades I forge are differentially heat treated by me; the back of the knife is softer then the cutting edge.
I am sole author of nearly all the work in my knives and leather work, with the exception of some of the Celtic wood carving.

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