South African knifemaker Neels Roos lives in Cape Town. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a surveyor for gold mines.
In 2004, he built his first belt grinder and began to teach himself knifemaking off the internet. By 2005, he had joined the Cape Knife Club, where he was Secretary for two years.
He was driven to create one-of-a-kind art knives and decided to add engraving to his arsenal of skills. In 2009, he imported engraving equiptment and again strove to perfect his skills with the help of the internet.
In July 2008, he and Fannie la Grange formed the Cape Knifemakers Guild, where he continues to be the secretary.
Roos joined the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa in January of 2012.