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Russell joined the team in early 2021 bring over 15 years of experience in knife making to our team. He has spent most of his adult life working with metal and eventually blended his passion for the outdoors and metal working skills into a fascination with knife making. Starting with a small bushcraft style knife it wasn’t long before he progressed to larger, more complicated builds and has thrown in a couple of swords just to ‘prove he could’. 

Russell has proven to be a good ‘fit’ for Tharwa Valley Forge - his production knives are of a very high standard and we have had plenty of positive feedback from students he has taught. 

Russell is currently teaching the Knife in a Day and the Stainless outdoor knife courses and is preparing to start teaching Japanese and Kitchen knives.


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