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Old 01-13-2006, 11:56 PM
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RIP : Neil Charity

Hi Folks,

It's with much regret that I have to announce to you that one of our founding members, Neil Charity, has passed. He was very ill for several years and was not able to recover.

For those of you that had the chance to meet Neil, you'll remember him as one of the greats from Down Under. I always accused him of being the prototype for "Crocodile Dundee". Neil was a "real" man's man ... and was a very accomplished knife maker.

Neil ... have a safe journey, mate!!! We'll miss you brother!!!

If anyone want's to drop his family a line, his address is


Alex Whetsell

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Old 01-14-2006, 12:13 AM
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This truely is a sad day.

Neil was a true gentleman that always was very polite and treated everyone with dignity. I noticed he has not been around much and knew he was not doing well but hoped for a longer and happier life for Neil.

Prayers go out to him and his family. He will be missed and remembered.

A friend to all people, we lost a good man.


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Old 01-14-2006, 01:06 AM
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Rest in Peace Neil. I know you had a rough time the last few years. I benifited greatly from your posts and information on lock backs. You will be missed. Such a kind, knowledgable man.

Robert Hensarling
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Old 01-14-2006, 01:51 AM
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I have known Neil for a long time, he has fought a hard battle, the journey has only begun! You can now rest easy my brother. He was a great inspiration to everyone who knew him. Any one that wishes to email his daughter Melissa and his wife Dot can do so here at
Terry Hearn
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:02 AM
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sorry to here that, prayers sent to Neal and his family
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:14 AM
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That is sad
I remember Neil as a bloke you could ring or email for advise and he would always find the time to help you.
The Australian (and indeed international) knifemaking community has lost a real friend


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Old 01-14-2006, 06:58 AM
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That is truly sad news Alex. Neil will be missed by everyone that knew him, or met him. RIP Mr. Charity


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Old 01-14-2006, 08:59 AM
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That's sad to hear.

My very best wishes to Neil's family.
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:48 AM
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RIP Neil.
Before Neil got sick, he was very active, especially helping out newbies. Great guy. My best to his family. He deserves it.
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:55 AM
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Sitting here with your folder in hand and a tear in my eye, I hoist one to you, Neil, and wish you Eternal Peace! It was an honor to have known you!
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