Forged knives by Igor Kampman, an autodidact polymath artist with a passion for 'brutdeforge' style knives.
I am a part time knife smith and started forging knives in 2010 after being inspired by a documentary of Ron Hoods (Woodmaster) with Tai Goo and Tim Lively about neo tribal knife making.
Besides knife making i am a tattooist with my own studio(Blackinktatau)and together with my friend we have a small bushcraft school (PolderBushcraft) where we teach adults and children how to make their lives comfortable in the wild.
With the experience as a bushcraft instructor and being out there since a child with my father and grandfather ( one side of my family who were gamekeepers), i have a better connection with using and making knives that are good for bushcraft, hunting, survival and kitchen use.
It takes about 3 days, till a week to make a one of a kind knife.
I am inspired by old crafts, nature, tribalism and tales from the past.
Kampman knives are rustique workers with character, made by hand with passion from new and reclaimed materials in the lowlands of the Netherlands.
Each knife starts with choosing a piece of steel that has the right specs for that were the knife is going to be used for.
Than i decide a shape, style and size while or before i start to forge.
I use an old school coal and gas forg, al forged by hand and no powertools.
Making a knife is like a growing proces, after forging you need to profile it, harden it and temper it,..than it's ready to finetune and making a handle.
Handle material and pins are depending on the look and feel of the knife.
I like to create stories with my knives and combine age of material to where it comes from and how old the material is, this makes it more personal and unique.
When the knife is sharpened and finished it's ready to make a sheath for it.
All my sheaths are handmade and handstitched to make the best fit and use for the knife.
The leather i use for the sheaths are also reclaimed from leather horse saddles or bags.
I don't do custom request knives, all my knives are 1 of a kind and when they are ready you can check them out on the 'for sale' page.
Thanx and cheers Igor Kampman.
The best knife is the one with you when you need it