Nico made his first knife as a school project at the age of 14, in 1984. He started creating knives as a hobby in 1998. Nico's love for the art of knifemaking has resulted in his progressing from ordinary fixed blades to pocket knives and liner locks. Nico makes his own damascus and also uses damascus from other makers. Many of his knives incorporate African images, often of Zulu origin, with Zulu names given to the knives. Nico has won numerous awards for his knives. Nico is currently president of the Knifemaking Guild of Southern Africa.