Our Team

Our Team

Koi Knives was founded by Ramon Elzinga & Shannon Dolman in Adelaide, South Australia (just out of Adelaide near the Adelaide Hills).

Shannon spent the last 20 years focusing on steel manufacturing (making all types of things with incredible steel). Ramon spent the last 20 years obsessing with cooking and knives (and occasionally cutting his finger). We also work with George in McLaren vale who has spent time as a sniper and arborist and now focuses on being a handle maker.

We thought it was time to work together. We make in Oz but ship anywhere (Shipping takes a little longer outside Oz). Good luck and enjoy!

Ramon Elzinga | Co-Founder

A knife lover even before we were stuck in the house & kitchen.

Ramon lost to Callum Hann in very early rounds of Masterchef and decided he'd concentrate on tools moreso than dishes.


The Son of a blacksmith Shannon has always been comfortable stuck in the shed.

He's a bit hard to get a hold of as he usually has his sleeves up and head down tinkering with something... usually a knife (not always).

Joao Sundfeld | VP of Sharpening

Former Chef & Extreme Guitarist Joao brings the passion from the concert to the shed.

He is the best sharpener we have and will forever be improving the way we play with Resin. He is Brazilian!

Sam Flaherty | VP of Marketing

Sam is an all-rounder in life and on the cricket pitch and is here to assist you with all your knife inquiries.

Hailing from VIC he's fuelled by his travel adventures, love of the mighty Brisbane Lions, and attempts to play cricket.

Dan Quinzi | VP of Finance

Our founders have their sleeves up so numbers is not their strength. Dan has helped resolve this and also give vastly improved vision of what we should be building - are we running out of Gyuto's? Dan is the one to answer this question.

Alejandro Carriel | VP of Digitography

Alejandro emerged from Chile and has been loitering in SA for some time.

He seems rather talented in capturing the imagery of a very hard to shoot piece of kitchen jewelry - the knife!