9 Oct 2015

On a Knife's Edge

From Country Life, 9:25 pm on 9 October 2015
Knife maker Lloyd Franklin

Knife maker Lloyd Franklin Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

Some days up to 100 people see Lloyd Franklin's sign and pull in to have a chat to him at his Kuaotunu property. Lloyd hand forges knives. He's been doing it for 29 years now and he sells them around the world. The knives start as a piece of a car spring… then it's hours and hours of painstaking, hot and sometimes dangerous work to craft them into a well-balanced, flexible, durable and extremely sharp 'one-off' knife.

 Lloyd Franklin's knives

Lloyd Franklin's knives Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles