All 1803 materials are natural. Our collections are all handcrafted, which gives every piece its own naturally occurring flaws. We love these raw imperfections because they are what make every 1803 piece unique and authentic. 1803 products will evolve as they are natural materials with minimal protectants; 1803 deer leather will fade, soften and mark and our blades will tarnish. These changes are expected.
Should you have any concerns about any of our 1803 products, please contact us directly and we will assist you.
Antler is bone. To clean it, wipe the antler with a moist cloth and occasionally rub it with olive oil or beeswax to give it a bit of shine.
1803 Knife Collection
The 1803 knife collection is handcrafted by the Canberra Cutlery Collective, a group of bladesmiths who operate out of the Tharwa Valley in Southern Canberra. They are all mates and work together as they refine their bladesmithing skills and craft our beautiful blade collection. All knife handles are red deer antler and our blades are hand-forged from carbon steel or damascus steel.
Clean the blade with a warm cloth. When it is dry, wipe a small amount of olive oil onto the blade to protect it. Our hand-turned wooden bowls are made from rare Tasmanian timbers – Huon pine and myrtle. To clean your bowl, wipe it with a moist cloth. Once it’s dry it will also love an occasional rub of olive oil to maintain its health and good looks.
1803 Leather & Suede
Matt uses boutique-tanning methods that ensure every 1803 deer hide is uniquely characterised by natural markings and colour variations. Over time and with use, our deer leather & suedes will soften beautifully. The hides are not UV protected, so the colours will evolve over time.
Deer leather is a porous natural material, we use minimal protectants to create our special soft leather which means it will mark. This is leather as it is meant to be, it will patina over time which will alter the colour of your leather goods with use and time.
It is best to maintain leather regularly to maintain its water-resistance and handsome appearance. We recommend that you professionally clean all 1803 leather products. However, if soiled simply wipe down with a damp cloth or a quality leather cleaner, then dry in a shaded area (direct sunlight may fade colours). Once the leather is cleaned to your satisfaction, treat it with a leather conditioner to restore its lustre and replace the leather’s natural oils. Always test leather-cleaning products on a small inconspicuous area before application.
Suede is soft and luxurious which is why it’s also quite porous. That’s why we recommend that you professionally clean all 1803 suede products. Initially some small leather fibres may rub onto under garments when you use your suede products, this is because both sides of suede have been cut to create the wonderfully soft finish – this rubbing will diminish with use. Giving it a gentle buff up with a clothing or suede brush can help.
If it gets wet: Let the suede dry at room temperature, then gently brush it with a suede brush (or a piece of dry towel) to restore the nap to the suede.
Storage: When you store suede garments, always store suede in a cool, dry place and be certain they can breathe. Do not store them in plastic as it prevents air circulation.
Tony also Matt uses boutique-tanning methods that ensure every 1803 fallow deer hide is uniquely characterised by natural markings and colour variations. If marked, wipe the hide with a warm soapy cloth in the direction of the hair and allow to dry in the shade.