The Seafarer’s Knife

This knife was commissioned and donated in order to help upgrade the trauma counselling skills of the chaplains of the International Sailors’ Society S.A.; to better equip them for counselling seafarers who have been traumatised as victims of piracy.

The blade is Sanvik 14c28n, a martensitic stainless chromium steel with a chemistry optimized for high quality professional knife applications. It has been heat treated in a digitally controlled furnace, cooled in a proprietary quenchant, cryogenically treated at -70C, and triple tempered to achieve a hardness of 59-60 HRA (Rockwell Hardness Scale). This will give the blade optimal edge stability and corrosion resistance.

The handle is internally-pinned Marino sheep horn with a natural ruggedness and warm feel, and black G10 spacers.  The back bolstewrs are 303 stainless steel in a clam-shell profile, while the front bolsters are unhardened 14c28n to match the blade; each is pinned. The clip is left unsharpened as double-edged blades are illegal in some countries.

The presentation box is hardwood and felt.

This project has been an immense privilege, as every ounce of good-will is directed to people who need it most.

Signed:   Stephen van Schalkwyk



This special knife was handmade for the purpose of fundraising for the Sailors’ Society. The funds are needed to run a course on trauma counselling skills for our Chaplains to better equip them to be able to help traumatised seafarers.

There are only 200 tickets at R200 each!

The draw will take place at the end of August 2014.

For more information, please contact the Sailors’ Society office and speak to Linda on 031 3014380.