About CCC

Welcome to the online home of Clyde Challenor Customs (CCC). This venture was born in 2014 when Clyde Challenor started making handmade knives in Durban, South Africa. The CCC brand was officially created on 12 October 2014 when Clyde joined forces with Francois Nell, a fellow knife enthusiast and "artgineer" based in Cape Town. Francois is responsible for all design work (knives, graphics, marketing material, and this site).

The Clyde Challenor makers mark 

All involved are doing this part-time, driven by their passion for knives. For us it's not about making money from the making and selling of knives, but about the joy of creating the best knives possible.


The first priority for CCC is excellence in engineering. Every knife we make has to be functionally perfect. Everything CCC makes has to work well for its intended purpose and not be items of adoration not able to handle proper use.

The Francois Nell designers mark, aka "Nell Bolt"