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Des Horn, international award winning knifemaker, began the revival of this craft in South Africa in the 1960's, motivated by the desire to produce a knife better than any available at the time. He began corresponding with Bo Randall, who produced the knife taken on the first American manned space flight.

A dentist by profession, Des is a keen shooter and has achieved international colors in various disciplines of the sport and was involved in the design and manufacture of the prototype of the Hawk pistol. Eager to promote knifemaking, he has taught and introduced many South African knifemakers to the craft.

Des initially made fixed blade knives but now almost exclusively designs and makes folding knives. He has developed a number of mechanisms including a double action automatic and a very unique ball release side-lock knife. Regardless of what knife he makes, Des strives for the best possible finish in terms of practicality and aesthetics, producing exclusive examples of the knifemaking craft.

Awards

  • 1999 - Best Gentleman's Folding Knife - South African Knifemakers' Guild
  • 1998 - Best Folding Knife - Italian Guild Show, Milan
  • 1997 - Award of Excellence - South African Knifemakers' Guild
  • 1997 - Best Folding Knife - South African Knifemakers' Guild
  • 1996 - Best Folding Knife - Cannes Knife Show, France
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Blacklip Interframe
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Carbon Fibre
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Damascus Ball Release with Sneezewood and Mercury Effect Bolsters
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Damascus Boot Ground Backlock Folder with Gibeon Meteorite and Pietersite Inlays
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Engraved Damascus Ball Release with Pink Ivory Wood
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Engraved Damascus Ball Release with Wild Olive Wood Burl
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Falling Star
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Flipvubu with Damasteel and Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (IKBS)
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Flipvubu with Damasteel and Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (IKBS)
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Flipvubu with Damasteel and Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (IKBS)
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Flipvubu with Damasteel and Twist Carbon Fiber
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Folding Damascus Utility
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Gibeon Meteorite Boot Ground Backlock Folder
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Gold and Pearl Button Lock
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Imvubu with Carbon Fiber and RWL 34
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Imvubu with Carbon Fiber and RWL 34
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Imvubu with Carbon Fiber and RWL 34
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Imvubu with Damasteel and Carbon Fiber
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Imvubu with Damasteel and Carbon Fiber
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Imvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Silver Strike Carbon Fiber
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Imvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Twist Carbon Fiber
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Lapis Lazuli Boot Ground Backlock Folder
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Large Ball Release Folder with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber
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Large Engraved Ball Release Folder with Mammoth Ivory
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Mammoth and Mokume
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Mammoth Ivory Gentleman
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Meteorite and Mammoth
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Meteorite and Mammoth
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Meteorite Ball-Release Folder
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Meteorite Ball-Release with Hippo Tooth
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Meteorite Ball-Release with Mother of Pearl
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Model #450 Alphen Arrow Folder
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Model #450 Blue Thunder Folder
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Model 450 Ultra-Light Front Flipper with Nitrobe 77 and Marbled Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Damasteel and Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Damasteel and Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Blue/Black Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and G10
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Marbled Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Marbled Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Marbled Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 Ultra-Light with Nitrobe 77 and Marbled Carbon Fiber
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Model 450 with Blue Pietersite and Damasteel
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Model 450 with Pietersite and Damasteel
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Model 450 with Pietersite and Damasteel
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Model 450 with Whitelip Mother of Pearl and Damascus
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Orion's Belt
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Planetary Folder
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Slimvubu with Carbon Fiber
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Slimvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Carbon Fiber
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Slimvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Carbon Fiber
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Slimvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Twist Carbon Fiber
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Slimvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Twist Carbon Fiber
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Slimvubu with Nitrobe 77 and Twist G10
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Slimvubu with RWL34 and Twist Carbon Fiber
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Small Imvubu Ultra-Light with Damascus
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