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 Name   Quantity   Price   Order 
Chef Knife (6-3/4 in) with Texas Wind Damascus and York Gum Burl by Bruce Barnett
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$850.00
Chef's Knife (7-1/2 in.) with Stainless Damascus San Mai and Sheoak by Bruce Barnett
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$950.00
Damascus Camp Knife with Ringed Gidgee by Bruce Barnett
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$850.00
Drop Point Hunter with Minirichie by Bruce Barnett
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$425.00
Drop Point Hunter with Red Ironbark by Bruce Barnett
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$385.00
Hunter with Ringed Gidgee by Bruce Barnett
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$425.00
San Mai Chef's Knife (6.4 in) with Jarrah Wood by Bruce Barnett
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$975.00
Slipjoint with W's Damascus and Stag by Bruce Barnett
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$625.00
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Bruce BarnettBruce Barnett is a Western Australian knifemaker living in the hills of Perth. He moved to Western Australia from King Island in 1981, where knives were an everyday part of life. However, it was not until he had a custom hand crafted bowie knife and sheath donated to his drag racing fund raising efforts by Perth-based knifemaker Max Harvey that he became interested in custom knifemaking.

Ten years after this knife donation, Bruce found himself no longer able to race due to the side effects of two broken vertebrae in his neck from a racing crash. It was at this point that he decided to try his hand at knifemaking, beginning by spending a day with Albany-based kniefmaker David Brodziak. Dave was very generous with sharing his knowledge, and Bruce credits Dave with getting him started in the industry. Bruce also spent some time learning with NSW based Keith Fludder. These days, Bruce likes to travel to the US every year to further his knifemaking education and has taken classes with Mastersmiths Ed Caffrey and Bruce Bump. Barnett caught the forging bug and plans to test for his journeyman smith credentials. He forges carbon steel and creates his own damascus. He enjoys forging and time spent with the US knifemaking community. He has spent a considerable time working with Mastersmith Bill Burke. He attends the Blade Show in Atlanta and the Rocky Mountain Knife Show in Boise, as well as three Australian knife shows – the Australian Knifemakers Guild Show in Melbourne, Victoria, the Adelaide Custom Knife show in Adelaide, South Australia, and the WAAAS Military Fair in Cannington, Western Australia.

Bruce is currently a part-time maker “…with a mortgage, unfortunately…” and makes approximately 40 knives per year.  When not making knives, Bruce works as a maintenance manager for a contract mining company. This involves him flying to a site, spending eight days there touring between five different sites, and then flying home for six days of downtime – five days of which are usually spent knifemaking.

Bruce’s favorite knives to make are damascus bladed bowies, fighters and slipjoints, but he also makes hunters and skinners, fillet and chef knives. The majority of Bruce’s knives are forged, except for fillet knives and some folders. The thing he enjoys 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 materials he favors are 1084, W2, 52100, 5160, 1084 & 15N20 damascus for blades, and Australian hardwoods, stag and mammoth ivory for handles. Bruce makes all his own sheaths. Bruce has his own Evenheat heat treating oven and does 90% of his own heat treatment. He edge quenches a lot of his field knives, uses clay on W2, and quenches all his blades in a particular blend of oils.

I was very pleased when Idaho Mastersmith Bill Burke introduced me to Bruce Barnett. For several weeks, Bill had brought up this Australian visiting knifemaker as a potential new maker for BladeGallery. When I saw Bruce's attention to detail, skill, and artistic eye, I immediately thanked Bill. It was with great pleasure that I watched Bruce complete the performance test on his way to becoming a journeyman smith.

Awards:

  • 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

Affiliations:

  • American Bladesmithing Society - Apprentice
  • Australian Knifemakers Guild - 2009/10 Secretary/Treasurer
  • Custom Knife Collectors Association - Member
PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS
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African Blackwood Hunter
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Birdseye Iron Bark Hunter
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Birdseye Maple Hunter
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Black Mulga Bowie
Journeyman Smith Test Knife
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Black Mulga Hunter
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Chef's Knife (8 in.) with Ringed Gidgee
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Chef's Knife (8-1/8 in.) with Figured Jarrah
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Curly Jarrah Drop Point
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Curly Jarrah Hunter
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Curly Minirichie Hunter/Utility
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Damascus and Mammoth Folder
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Feather Bowie
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Geometric Progression
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Geometric Progression with Mammoth Ivory
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Hamon Bowie with Mammoth Ivory
Journeyman Smith Test Knife
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Hunter with Birdseye Wandoo
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Hunter with Curly Wandoo
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Hunter with Jarrah Wood
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Hunter with Maple Burl
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Hunter with Red Ironbark and Carbon Fiber
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Hunter with Spalted Maple Burl
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Hunter with Walnut
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Ironbird Hunter
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Jarrah Fighter with Ladder Damascus
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Lace Sheoak Hunter
Journeyman Smith Test Knife
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Ladder Damascus Folder with Mammoth Ivory
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Mallee Root and Sharkstooth Folder
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Mammoth Folder with Sharktooth Damascus
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Mammoth Ivory Bark Slip Joint Folder
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Miniritchie
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Recurve Hamon Hunter with Walnut
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Recurve Hunter with Black Palm
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Red Morrell Hunter
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Sharkstooth Hunter
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Sheoak Hunter
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Stag Long Hunter
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Starburst Damascus and Mammoth Slipjoint
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Sunburnt Country Carving Set
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Textured G10 Tactical Utility
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Textured G10 Tactical Utility Hunter
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Three Bar Twist
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Two-Blade Trapper with Ringed Gidgee
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Walrus Bowie with Hamon
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Walrus Ivory Bowie
Journeyman Smith Test Knife
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Wandoo Birdseye Hunter
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