South African knifemaker Lieben van der Sandt lives in Pretoria. In 2001, he trained under Mike Kruger, Nic Botha, and Andre Thorburn (one of South Africa’s most renowned knifemakers). He sold his first knife early in 2002 and his first folder by the end of 2002. He became a full time knifemaker in 2005 and was honored to become a member of the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa in 2010. Today, Lieben makes stainless steel knives as well as forging his own damascus knives.
Over the years, van der Sandt has won numberous awards including: