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De Bonte, Viktor

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Viktor De Bonte at the forgeAt just 10 years old, Viktor De Bonte (b. 2007) began forging while volunteering at a local renaissance fair, where he was taught the basics of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Over the next five years, he built up his own shop and skills with the help of the internet and many local makers, all of whom contributed greatly to his learning of this craft. In 2022, De Bonte travelled to Colorado to take the ABS Introduction to Bladesmith Class through Kilroy's Workship, under the tutelage of Mastersmith James Rodebaugh. Upon returning to Washington State, De Bonte took a private class with Mastersmith David Lisch. Both Lisch and Rodebaugh continue to be great inspirations and resources for De Bonte to this day.

Currently, this young Seattle bladesmith works out of his home workshop and takes great pride in every knife he creates. Given the level of work, it is perhaps no surprise that he won 2nd place in the 2022 Fall Fantasy Knife Building Challenge and 3rd place in the Spring 2022 Dagger Building Challenge run by Tyrell Knifeworks.

Damascus Hunter with Curly Maple
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