Meeting knife maker Faris Zulkifli in person

Its a pleasure meeting up with Malaysia knife maker Faris Zulkifli (Fursan Blade)
Its a pleasure meeting up with Malaysia knife maker Faris Zulkifli (Fursan Blade)

I finally got around meeting Malaysia knife maker Mr Faris Zulkifli of Fursan Blades. In my years of travelling around Malaysia and meeting knife/ parang makers, meeting up with Mr Faris is a refreshing ‘re-boot’ to say the least. A young Malay craftsman with all the passion, tenacity and persistence to realize his life long dream to become a knife maker.

 

The man himself giving a tour of his workshop
The man himself giving a tour of his workshop

Born in Klang Valley, Faris grew up loving all things with an edge. Like many knife enthusiasts, back in the old days, brands like Aitor and Buck were the only talk in town. Thanks to the internet mostly, other brands and makes started to fuel local knife interest. While most knife enthusiasts prefers to satisfy their lust by hitting the ‘Buy Now’ button, Faris on the other hand decided to make his own knives. As he explains to me how he came about Fursans Blade, it is apparent that it was a long and hard decision to make. Convincing the family and leaving a stable 9 to 5 job (prior to knife making, Faris was a Wholesale & Events Manager at an Islamic bookstore) to pursue knife making isn’t exactly a typical ‘job hopping’ story one would hear in Malaysia!

A steady hand...Faris's knife grinds are among the best I have seen among locak knife makers
A steady hand…Faris’s knife grinds are among the best I have seen among local knife makers

My visit was probably badly timed. I had some free time, a few hours before the hour we agreed to meet and I text him I was on the way. Thankfully he obliged to meet me. Faris was obviously very busy working on a few blades to be sent for tempering soon after. I had the evening free so we agreed that I can stay and watch him work. There were so many aspects of knife making and Faris goes through the steps patiently with me. He admits that there are additional equipment he would like to invest in to complete his workshop but for the time being, he will work around what is available. He shared with me the list of knives he has to complete. An impressive number considering how ‘new’ he was to local knife making scene.

Faris holding a couple of knives he needs to complete asap
Faris holding a couple of knives he needs to complete asap

In between our conversation, I can tell that Faris is at a stage where he is still recouping his initial investment establishing Fursan Blade. There are more knife making equipment on his wish list. Young Faris is obviously very committed and there was no hint whatsoever that he is slowing down. In fact, as I listened to him describe his future plans for Fursan Blades, I get the feeling that Faris hasn’t even warmed up yet! He has gotten this far and it looks like he is gearing up for the long haul!

The knife maker taking a break
The knife maker taking a break
Hmmm...something I spied on Faris's desk
Hmmm…something I spied on Faris’s desk
Some of Faris's knife making tools
Some of Faris’s knife making tools. I know Wak is gonna spot something he likes in this picture 🙂

I enjoyed thoroughly meeting up with Faris of Fursan Blade. So thankful to Wak for convincing me to meet him. One thing that sets Faris apart from other knife makers I have met is his humbleness and calm demeanour. He may not have the fanciest tools and machines but he has the passion and drive I have not seen for a long time in a craftsman. A far cry from some makers I met who boasts the most expensive machines but yet able to produce anything close to what Faris has been making. I left Faris that evening with two knives planned out on his work diary. Can’t wait to get my hands on my first two Fursan Blades knives.

If you are interested to find out more about Malaysia knife maker Mr Faris of Fursan Blades, please feel free to contact him directly at his Facebook Page.