The knife community lost one of its best on January 4, 2016, Warren Osborne. Many makers’ knives exhibited at the shows are often described by writers with superlatives such as great, perfect, beautiful, best, etc. Those same writers would then state that of course Warren Osborne’s knives were also present and were in a class by themselves. Many times I heard that a knife did not leave Warren’s bench until it was perfect. We lost arguably one of the ten best knifemakers in the country, if not the world, this week. Below are some examples of his work.
Warren John Osborne was 64 at the time of his death. He was born in Warata, Australia. He always advertised his Australian roots with his logo, the name Osborne in a boomerang. His accent was never fully acclimated to Texas. Each piece was more art than knife. Investment grade art knives were his stock and trade. Warren won many awards for his knives. He was a voting member of the prestigious Knifemaker’s Guild and a founding member of Bladesports International. Warren was always willing to teach and educate new makers. Warren started an annual knifemaking and cutting school in Waxahachie where many acclaimed makers would come and teach aspiring knifemakers. He always answered my stupid questions and volunteered his time to help me. I will miss Warren. We will all miss Warren.
Warren Osborne’s funeral service is Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 W.Hwy 287 Business
Waxahachie, TX 75165, www.waynebozefuneralhome.com.