G’day, I’m Paul-Emmanuel Arestan, a knife maker from Queensland Australia and for as far as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about sharp objects.
I think I would have been 6 years old when my grand dad gave me my first Opinel pocket knife. As I grew older the passion turned into a hobby, a part-time, and finally a full-time occupation. If I don’t make knives, I teach people how to make them, assess knives presented to the QLD branch of the Australian Knifemaker’s Guild, or write about them.
Most countries have an iconic knife. The Swiss have the Swiss army knife, the French have the Opinel and the Laguiole, but Australia never had one. I can’t remember ever seeing or hearing about a pocket knife made in Australia, and I thought it is about time we get one!
I thought about it for quite a while, and made a first prototype with the help of a French knife maker who’s made over 30,000 knives in his career. I then looked for Australian manufacturers to get the different parts made, but we don’t have the manufacturing capability to produce knives on a large scale and I had to resolve myself to look abroad. The handles, the engraving, the cerakoting and the assembly are done locally in Brisbane, but the blades and the springs were made in Thiers, the French knife making capital, the boxes in China and the screws in Taiwan.
The blade is made of 14C28N, an excellent quality Swedish steel that I have use with great results on my hand made knives. Heat treated to a Rockwell hardness of 58/60, it will keep a good edge, will be easy to sharpen and won’t require any maintenance. The handle scales are in 304 stainless steel and the springs in Z20.
It has an overall length of 205 mm for a cutting edge of 85 mm.
The knife comes in different versions:
Basic, that I call nudie, plain sand blasted and buffed handles, no coating or decoration. A simple user at an affordable price.
Engraved. Some are laser engraved. The first series comes with an Australian Aboriginal design done by Jezz Foster, from one of his paintings, Emu Walking.
Cerakoted. Cerakote is an extremelly durable ceramic paint, that is sprayed on and baked. It is often applied on guns and knife blades.
Custom. I also make small batches of hand etched models with various themes, and can also make one offs with what ever design you would like to have on the handles.
All knives below are priced in AUD