To Mervin knives are “Functional Art” – beautiful working tools.He endeavours to hand craft practical value for money utility items of heirloom quality craftsmanship – no matter whether cutting tomatoes in the kitchen or skinning an animal in the bush. All Mervin Thomson Custom Knives are made by hand and thus each knife is unique. With a keen interest in outdoor activities and hunting, he makes both fixed blade knives and folding knives. However, he finds himself largely focusing mainly on designing and making fixed blade utility-, hunting- and kitchen knives as well as daggers and fighters.

Customers can either select from a range of existing knife designs, or have a knife made to their design brief and meeting specific requirements.

Mervin Thomson Custom Knives are made using the stock removal method. The majority of knives are of full tang construction and more often than not the tang is tapered. The handle materials he uses on ordered or commissioned knives depend on customer preference. He favours natural handle materials like woods, burls, ivories, horn and Giraffe bone, but does use Micarta and more modern casted products. Most of the materials Mervin uses in the production of Mervin Thomson Custom Knives reflect the uniquely rich South African environment.

Mervin works with stainless knife steel, like N690, 440C,12C27 and 14C28N, and carbon knife steel, like 5160, as well as Damascus, depending on customer preferences. For his folding knives he prefers to use stainless or stainless Damascus (Damasteel) steels.

All knives come in a practical self-made leather sheath.

Mervin shares his interest and passion for knives and promotes the art of handmade knives by presenting fixed-blade knife-making courses that are completely hands-on. During the course the prospective knife-maker will have the opportunity to learn how to design and make a knife. The course teaches you the basic techniques of knife-making. During these courses he will guide apprentices to make their own knife based on a step-by-step manual. He supplies the material that is needed to make the knife and the sheath. On completion of the course you will be the proud owner of your own handmade knife.