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Gary Wines is a specialist in the design and production of knives. When he first started producing knives many years ago, they were designed for military and special forces use only and he became well known in the field.

In 2004, having obtained patent protection, he produced his first catalogue illustrating a number of specialist models, one of which was a knife that defeated body armour and anti stab vests. As you’d expect, that design was for special forces use only and design details are restricted and not available to civilians.

Gary’s knives have been employed in many theatres of conflict including Iraq and Afghanistan, with examples on display at -

  • Imperial War Museum ( IWM ) London, ( four models ).
  • IWM Duxford,
  • Special Air Service museum, Aldershot, England,
  • Special Air Service museum, Perth, Australia.
  • The War Museum, Childers, Queensland, Australia.

Amongst the military units in which the knives have seen service are

  •  Special Air Service, UK.
  • Special Air Service, Australia.
  • Special Boat Service.
  • Special Forces Oman.
  • Special Forces Saudi Arabia.
  • Parachute regiment, Patrols.
  • Royal regiment of fusiliers, snatch teams.
  • Together with various other units not classed as special forces.

 The majority of his knives are produced in Sheffield but research and development is carried out elsewhere in England by custom knife makers. This tends to be prototypes, one off’s and special purpose knives used only for specific tasks, be it military or civilian use.

 Gary is the driving force behind the knives, he served with 21 Special Air Service regiment at Duke of York’s Chelsea HQ Squadron, as an armourer.

 He is a member of both the UK SAS association and the Australian SAS association,

(Queensland branch ).

 His interest in military history and passion for tactical knives led him to research their design and manufacture. Having taken inspiration from knives used by the special operations executive and British commandos in the Second World War (amongst others), he identified shortfalls in many of the knives currently available. Working with other experts in the field, he developed a range of tactical and general-purpose knives specifically for military use. Through designed modifications and the use of current materials, his knives have overcome the operational shortfalls of previous designs.

 Gary worked in the security industry for nine years as a close protection officer. He worked closely with the royal family’s of Brunei, Saudi Arabia and of course the United Kingdom. In addition he worked with a range of visiting foreign dignitaries, heads of state, and numerous VIP’s and business people. His jobs took him overseas to Europe and America and by the end of his time in this field he had attained the rank of colonel with the Saudi Arabian military royal protection unit.

 He has a vast experience in the field of firearms and tactical knives and in depth knowledge of what is used and carried by the different close protection officers and teams.

 In more recent times, Gary has been working on a range of knives for civilian use, namely Bushcraft, Survival, and Hunting knives.

 Gary says “I am very privileged and proud to say my bush craft knives are fully endorsed and recommended by John Lofty Wiseman, author of the SAS survival handbook”.

Knife Making Process

I always design a knife for a specific use, starting with pencil, paper and a ruler. Once this initial stage is complete, it goes on to the computer aided design (CAD) stage and a detailed CAD drawing is produced. Once checked and approved, I select the appropriate steel for the specific requirement and the CAD drawing is used as a template to cut the sheet steel using laser or water jet technology. When the cutting is complete, the knife is in its basic form (known as a blank). At this point it’s checked and stamped with my name and logo. The blank then goes for heat treatment (HT).

From receipt of the blank knife at the workshop, everything is done by hand – through grinding and cleaning, the blank  (now starting to look like a knife) is brought up to its finish stage. It could be a matt steel or polished finish, or a special coating could be applied to make the knife black or dark in colour for tactical use. Next the handle material is chosen and made ready to be fitted to the tang. This stage it is called hafting, which completes the knife.

Then a sheath or scabbard has to be made, from whichever material is suitable for the knife, or to meet a special request from the customer.

That is our process in a nutshell but of course the main piece of information I’ve not mentioned, is the tremendous skill and experience of our knife makers, who have to be able to consistently produce a first class hand made knife of the finest quality.