Handles Information

1. Birch Bark

Birch bark is fungistatic and bacteriostatic, water-repellent, moisture-resistant and slip-proof even when wet. With walnut ferrule.

2. Light Chestnut Wood

Handle made of thermal treated chestnut wood with plastic ferrule and pre-drilled tang hole. Due to the special treatment process the ability of the wood to absorb water is reduced and the resistance against bacteria is increased.

3. Dark Chestnut Wood

Handle made of dark burned chestnut wood with plastic ferrule and pre-drilled tang hole. The wooden surface is brushed after the burning process which is creating a structured appearance and gives the handle a rustic-style. Without finger groove. 

4. Magnolia Wood

Handle made of magnolia wood with buffalo horn ferrule. Pre-drilled tang hole.

5. Paduak

Now for some color! Paduak is common exotic often grown on plantations. It has a bright red/ orange tone with not a whole ton of figure. It is stable, strong and very workable. Be careful though, the dust is more toxic than average and the color fades.

6. Pink Ivory

Super hard. Super rare. Super expensive. Super Pink. This stuff comes from South Africa and is pretty crazy. It can range from pale orange to neon pink and can even come curly! Be prepared to pay through the nose for the pink stuff though.

7. Katalox

Another lesser known wood, Katalox is similar to ebony, but is much more purple. It is very heavy, considered one of the heaviest woods in the world. It is also very dense and while not very pricy, hard to find. Check online.

8. Pistachio

Yes. That pistachio. It has an amazing figure that blends swirls of green, brown and black into an interesting form. Hard to find. Reasonably workable for exotic.

9. Ziricote

Not a commonly used wood, Ziricote is none the less a gem. It is quite workable despite its weight, a strong and rather stable dark colored wood known for its rare figure. Ziricote displays a figure known as spider webbing in which complex strands of nearly black wood criss cross the more grey heartwood. A pattern not seen outside incredibly figured Brazilian rosewood.

10. Purple Heart

This is a common wood for new makers, for the reasons that it can be exceedingly purple and is very cheap for an exotic "often close to the price of walnut". The coarse grain structure means it can not be polished to a very high finish and the lack of figure and fading color means this is best suited to either a lower budget knife or a heavy work knife. 

11. Lignium Vitae

The wood of life. Lignium is widely considered one of the heaviest and hardest wood on earth. Its like working a brick, but nothing will last longer. It is so oily it can be self lubricating, tough as nails and takes a nice polish. The color is not outstanding, mostly greenish brown, but who cares! Its so damn heavy! 

12. Camel Thorn

An interesting wood. Incredibly heavy and hard, it has a deep brown color flecked with black. Imagine a cross of wenge and black palm.


Our store is located at 330 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park, South Australia 5034

We are open from 9:00am to 4:30pm Weekdays and 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturdays.

We are closed on Australian and South Australian public holidays.

Unfortunately we don't have a forge to make the blades ourselves.

All our knives are designed by Shannon here in Adelaide, and the knife blanks predominantly come from Aichi Japan.

There are a few knives in our collections that use Swedish and German steels.

We use a variety of materials and techniques for our handles.

We like to work with wood and resin that is mixed together just outside of Adelaide. This also means that no two handles are exactly the same - it all depends on the wood and how the resin and been poured.

We also use G10 for handles -G10 is a composite material made from layers of fiberglass cloth and resin pressed together under high pressure and temperature.

We do our handles in batches so it means that we might not always have the colour you are after available

If you come into the store on a Wednesday or a Friday you might see the guys cutting handles on our CnC machine (it can be pretty noisy)

Yes we sharpen nearly all types of kitchen knives - with the exception of ceramic blades.

We are unable to sharpen scissors, gardening tools, chainsaws, lawn mower blades, or swords.

We sharpen knives in the order that they arrive to us - sometimes there may be only 5 in the queue, sometimes 50.

We always ask that you allow two weeks just to be safe.

Our sharpener Joao will send you a text message when your knife/knives are ready to be collected.

Please note that single bevel knives and restorations can take longer due to the extra work involved.

We can provide you a knife to borrow while yours is being sharpened.

Prices vary depending on the condition of the blade.

Prices start at $20 per knife.

No appointments are necessary for knife sharpening.

Drop your knives off into our shop on Goodwood Road and we will give you a rough time frame of how long it will take.

We do all our sharpening by hand using whetstones (unless it's a restoration that requires more work).

We also offer classes on how to learn to use whetstones.

For any sharpening questions please give us a call or come into the shop and speak to our sharpener Joao (Tuesday - Saturday)

We offer a "test drive" service while your knife is being sharpened.

You have the option to borrow one of our Koi knives to use at home while you are without your own.

All we ask is that you treat it with the love and care you would if it were your own, don't put it through a dishwasher, and not to sharpen it yourself with a honing rod or pull through sharpener (they are already sharp).

We certainly do!

Please be aware that there may be additional taxes applied by customs in your country, it doesn't happen all the time but it can happen.

Unfortunately we can't tell you how much this would be as each country is different.

A handy guide to use is https://www.simplyduty.com/import-calculator/

We can gift wrap your order for you :)

Just add a note in the comments and we'll wrap it before we sent it out.

We offer an engraving service free of charge.

Usually we like to keep it short and sweet - when the message is too long it can look out of place on the blade.

Example: Happy 50th Dad would work well on a Gyuto but not on a Paring knife.

Engraving is done on the opposite side of the Koi or Big Red logo.

We ship orders on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Orders within Australia should arrive within a week.

International orders can take between 1-4 weeks to arrive.

Tracking information will be sent to you when your order has been sent.

Just add a note in with your order and we can upgrade you to express shipping for free.

*only for Australian orders