Who we are and what we do

Apprentice Knifemaker 2023

ronside Edge Works is a professional custom knife making business based in Cape Town, which has served the international knife community since 2017. In that time we have built a name as specialists in defensive EDC knives, and experts in Pikal style knifes in particular. We are also widely recognised for our unique design aesthetic, and in particular with our use of traditional Japanese handle styles like Tsukamaki, and the use of authentic Japanese materials. 

We are offering a unique opportunity to any interested young people who are entering the job market in 2023. Our Apprentice Program is designed to take a complete novice to a competent Junior Knife Maker in 6 months. After which a full time position could potentially be granted.

This is a unique opportunity to get your foot in the door of an exciting career as a custom knife maker. You will be given the required knowledge and be able to learn the skills needed while helping us to complete exciting and often challenging projects. 

There is only 1 positioning our Apprentice Program available for 2023, and you will be required to first attend a week long trial period before our decision can be made. There are also some basic requirements:

  • Candidates need to be between 17 and 21 years old
  • You need to be fluent in English
  • You need to have transport to and from Paarden Eiland, in Cape Town
  • A good attitude towards work and an affinity for working with tools is a good start

Should your trial week be deemed successful, you will be offered the position of Apprentice Knife Maker with us for a period of 6 months, starting in January 2023. 

After this 6 month Apprenticeship period, should your time with us have been deemed fruitful and a success, you could be offered a permanent position as a Junior Knife Maker. 

Although traditionally Apprenticeship’s are an unpaid position, you will be paid to help cover basic expenses as you work with us. 

If you feel like this is the opportunity for you, please get in touch with us and tell us a bit about yourself, your interests and any past work experience. 

Please email Elijah at: 

Part Time Admin Assistant

Ironside Edge Works is seeking an Admin Assistant for a part time position to work with us starting in January 20223.

Duties would include important communications with customers, including responding to enquiries, updating order statuses and shipping notices, mostly via email. Other duties would include administrative tasks on our website, dealing directly with our shipping company and preparing orders for shipment. 

This position is perfect for someone entering the job market who is looking to grow, as there is potential for this to become a full time position with more responsibilities and duties. 

Candidates should:

  • Speak English fluently, both verbally and written
  • Be preferably extroverted as this will help when managing customers
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be computer literate
  • Have own transport to and from Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.
  • No previous experience is necessary but will be taken into consideration

The position is a part time one for the time being, and hours are reasonably flexible, however mornings from 08:00 would be ideal, with 20 hours per week maximum. 

Please send a CV or short description of yourself and interests if you would like to arrange an interview, to