2022 Off-cuts Challenge WINNERS

2022 Off-cuts Challenge WINNERS

In July we ran the Off-cuts challenge on the Australian Beginner Knife Making Group on facebook.

Here are the winners and a couple of the knives entered!

Challenge rules:

  • make a handle from off-cuts
  • aim to use at least two pieces
  • no piece more than 50% or so of the handle
  • bonus points for complexity
  • you do not need to make the blade, this is a handle-making competiton

The challenge was held on the facebook group only, with 3 winners each receiving $100 on Nordic Edge.

The scoring was done by the group members, scoring the knives entered on the below criteria:

In total there were 15 knives entered, across a wide range of types.

Billy P entered a massive crocodile-hunter looking bowie, Nyssa N entered a beautiful folder she made the handle from by combining a lot of different materials. Andrew W used a blade from Nordic Edge and crafted a handle of wood, antler and G10.

It was impressive to see how many different knives we came up with as a group, and fun to see off-cuts being put to good use.

The whole challenge came about as a few of us were talking about how we as knife makers tend to have a bag of "goodies", handle materials we want to make something from - but the bag seems to grow bigger over time, not smaller :)

Then to make matters worse, many of us tend to store off-cuts of especially nice stuff somewhere. "I'll use that nice piece of ebony as a spacer at some point". Personally I really enjoy digging up one of those pieces and use as a spacer or bolster piece, and by the looks of things so do many others!

So here are our 3 winners:

1 Place: Nyssa Norton with a score of 4.185

Here is what Nyssa had to say about the knife:

2nd place: Ox Montalvo with 4.050 points:

The description of the knife:

3: Mike Bandala with 3.888 Points:

Here is what Mike had to say about his knife:

Thank you to all who entered the competition, commented and made it a fun experience!

And thank you to all the members who helped judge the winners who each gets $100 on Nordic Edge.

4th Aug 2022 Bjorn J

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