Bertie Rietveld, a prominent South African knifemaker and bladesmith, commenced his craft in 1979. Notably the first in his nation to create Stainless Steel Damascus, he founded Batavia Eng. in 1988, producing essential knifemaking tools. A distinguished member and past chairman of the Knife-makers Guild of Southern Africa, and a member of the Italian Knife Guild, Rietveld’s innovative designs and superior craftsmanship have earned him numerous international awards. His passion extends beyond knifemaking to motorcycling, reflecting his dedication to precision and adventure. Rietveld also imparts his extensive knowledge through specialized courses, shaping the next generation of knifemakers.