Handmade Knives


I'm John worthington and i work from my home studio in Clyde in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.


I have been making handmade knives for 23 years now.

I specialise in working knives from stainless steel by the stock removal method. I produce some knives by forging and some of my own Damascus.

I am a fan of sole authorship so everything including heat treatment is done in house.

While my major focus is on working knives, with kitchen and hunting knives at the top of the list, my work is not limited to this. 

Clyde is a great outdoor recreational playground and place to live.

Most knives featured on these pages are previous work.  If you are interested in a custom order please don't hesitate to contact me.

My knives are unique, handcrafted objects. Not just knives, but essential tools which can be loved and handed down as family heirlooms.

For people that understand the value and beauty of a good knife, an original one handcrafted in Clyde, New Zealand is a must have - for work, for your collection, or to buy as a gift. Scroll down to see a selection of knives I have made previously and contact me today to buy one already in stock or put in your custom order.

Kitchen / cooking

hunting / General Purpose

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Each knife I make has a high quality of workmanship.  Phone or email me with your order or enquiry today 0064 27 244 9151 ripi.knives@xtra.co.nz