U.S.A TRIP 2016
At the recent Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In, in Old Washington, Arkansas, U.S.A, Kevin and Heather were honored to receive the "W.W Scagel Award" presented by last year's ABS chairman, Joe Keeslar. Kevin received a solid sterling silver ABS belt buckle and Heather a beautiful pendant for the Chairman's "Big Hammer" award. Thank you to Joe and the ABS for awarding this great honor to us, we were not able to collect it at the Blade Show in 2015 but enjoyed meeting up with all our old bladesmithing friends at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to receive it this year.
SOFA (SOUTHERN OHIO FORGE AND ANVIL) 2016
Kevin and Heather Harvey forged a Zulu assegai (spear) for their demonstration at the 2016 SOFA event in Troy, Ohio, U.S.A. This is the largest blacksmithing event in the world. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who ran an outstanding event.
FALL PINEY WOODS HAMMER-IN 2016
Kevin demonstrated Blade Geometry and Hand Sharpening while Heather did her presentation on assegais (Zulu spears) at the October Hammer-In at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing in Old Washington, Arkansas, U.S.A. Thank you to the American Bladesmtih Society for inviting and hosting us for this event. A big thank you too to Butch and Cindy Sheely for opening up your beautiful home to us, feeding us and transporting us from Ohio to Arkansas.
KEVINï’S AWARDS FROM THE 2016 KNIFEMAKERS’ GUILD OF SOUTHERN AFRICA SHOW
Kevin’s sole authorship knife, Golden Garden won Best Fixed Blade Art Knife and his sole authorship fighting Bowie The Skunk won Best Fighting Knife. He then won Best Knife on Show with the Golden Garden and Best Overall Knifemaker.
HEATHER ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT FROM KNIFEMAKING
Heather has sadly had to retire from knifemaking due to permanent injuries to her right thumb and left wrist and hand. She will be helping with Heavin Forge’s admin and assisting Kevin in his teaching. If you own one of Heather’s knives, it has now become more valuable. She would like to thank all the collectors who bought her knives in the past as well as all the knifemakers that supported her by buying her damascus.
KNIFEMAKERS’ GUILD OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
Kevin won the “Best Art Fixed Blade” at the recent guild show with his Persian. Sole authorship.
Kevin and Heather were awarded the “Chariman’s Award”for their work in promoting bladesmithing in South Africa.
BLADE SHOW AWARDS 2015
Kevin and Heather were honored to received two awards at the Blade Show held in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. They were awarded the William Wales Scagel Award as well as the Chairman’s Award for their work with their ABS approved bladesmithing school in South Africa. http://www.americanbladesmith.com/index.php?section=pages&id=165
In the News
Kevin’s International Master Smith knife has been featured in two publications recently. Page 90 in the Blade Magazine and the center spread in the ABS Journal. Heavin Forge Knifemaking School is also featured in the ABS Journal with a great article written by Stuart Smith who attended our first ABS approved Intro to Bladesmithing course in December 2014.
ABS International Master Smith Auction Knife for 2015.
By Kevin Harvey
Kevin’s knife on the cover of the ABS Journal
The American Bladesmith Society, International Master Smith Auction Knife for the 2015 Blade Show, by Kevin Harvey, M.S, South Africa. The photos show the "Persian Lace" damascus, Indo-Persian dagger donated to the ABS. Knife, sole authorship and case donated by Brian Coetzee, www.briancoetzeeboxmaker.co.za. Auction to be held during the Blade Show at the Cobb Galleria, 5, 6, 7 June 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Here is the link to the YouTube video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrrQMuWKJkw
The damascus is a complex pattern called “Persian Lace”. The handle slabs are coloured and stabilized giraffe shin bone with floral nickel silver pins and washers. The nickel silver liners are file-worked in a vine pattern. Kevin engraved the nickel silver bolsters.
The display case was donated by Brian Coetzee of www.briancoetzeeboxmaker.co.za. The lid is Wild Olive and the side panels Snakebean. The inlays are African Blackwood and Sneezewood.
The fabric in the case is from a Kashmiri shawl made in India.
TWO-WEEK AMERICAN BLADESMITH SOCIETY INTRODUCTION TO BLADESMITHING COURSE
A first for the Southern hemisphere! Heavin Forge recently presented the first ABS approved Introduction to Bladesmithing course for six students. Seven blades were forged, ground and heat treated by each student including their “performance test” knife. All six students passed their mock-up “cut and bend” test. We are very proud of our first group of students, Mike Herbert, Neels van den Berg, Stan Howhosky, Stuart Smith, Petrus Nel and Koos Venter. Thank you for putting your faith in our teaching and facilities, we wish you all the best of luck with your future in bladesmithing and the ABS. For the full album of photos please go to http://s1247.photobucket.com/user/heavinforge/library/Heavin%20Forge%20ABS%20School?sort=3&src=pb&page=1
We more information on this course and other courses we offer, please visit our Courses page.
HEAVIN FORGE APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN BLADESMITH SOCIETY TO OFFER THEIR TWO-WEEK “INTRODUCTION TO BLADESMITHING” COURSE
It was a great honor for our training facility to be approved by the ABS to offer the Introduction to Bladesmithing course that reduces the ABS Apprentice time from three years to two years. With bladesmithing growing in South Africa and with a number of local bladesmiths now Apprentice Smiths with the ABS, this course will save them a huge amount of time and money which would have been needed to do the course overseas. It will also offer students from overseas a chance to do the course in Africa and combine it with a safari.
Please look at the link on the ABS Forum, http://www.americanbladesmith.com/ipboard/index.php?/topic/1600-heavin-forge-bladesmithing-school/
For more information on the course please go to our “Courses” page.
Video of Bowie Knife Construction Techniques by Kevin Harvey
BOKER PLUS B@T-MAN - KEVIN HARVEY DESIGN!
Kevin submitted this design of a folding knife to Boker of Solingen Germany and they have put the knife into production. The design came from a dream that Kevin had after he and Heather attended a self-defense course which involved using knives. This is a unique and very difficult grind and looks a lot like a bat wing. The B@T-MAN is a liner lock which can be opened with one hand, the blade steel is 8Cr13MoV stainless knife steel and the handle slabs are G-10. It comes with a lanyard and a belt clip. It weighs 175 gms and its blade length is 95 mm. The handle is sculpted and grooved for extra grip.
We tested this knife before submitting the design and have never seen a knife perform like this one does. The curved blade actually pulls the item being cut into the cutting edge which has the large scollops instead of serration’s that cut with unbelievable ease. Serration’s tend to ball up on clothing but this B@ grind slices through anything without catching. As part of the testing we sliced up thick conveyor belting like it was paper, cut two 1” free hanging sisal ropes with one swipe and were horrified at the efficient cuts it made on a leg of beef dressed in a pair of De Wet’s old jeans!
If you would like to look at it on Boker’s website, please click on this link index.php-c=16,15,&a=01BO430&p=&pp=0.
Boker of Germany have added the following self-defense knife designed by Kevin Harvey to their line of fine knives. The Baby B@t is about 30% smaller and 40% lighter than its big brother, B@t-Man. It still has the same styling and look to it with black G10 handle slabs and 440C blade. This will make for a great concealment tool due to its compact and slim design. It features an innovative concealed stop-bar. You cannot see what holds the blade in either the open nor closed position.