Self taught André started making knives while in school. A need for a hunting knife snowballed into a career after his father wanted one too. He has been a full time maker since 1990. Most of his knives are designed for hard use but also have a refinement that is rarely found in knives of that type, which creates a category some call “dress tactical”. André de Villiers is a South African custom knifemaker of both custom and mid-tech designs.