Comparisons have been drawn between the Arno Bernard iMamba® and the finest of British firearms. Just as with a top-tier shotgun, the iMamba's beauty is not only skin-deep; what lies beneath the surface is equally, if not more, significant. Let's examine the Arno Bernard iMamba® folding knife, uncover some of its hidden gems, and detail its unique features.
Unfolding the iMamba®
A standout feature of the iMamba® is its rounded tab, conveniently located atop the blade, which allows for effortless one-handed opening. This design element not only enhances the knife's functionality but also adds a touch of elegance to its overall aesthetic. The rounded tab serves as a testament to the careful consideration and attention to detail that went into the creation of the iMamba®.
In the industry of folding knives, traditionally they open using a mechanism known as the slip joint. The slip joint mechanism relies on a tensioned backspring, which holds the blade in place when closed and allows it to pivot open when pressure is applied. This design has been used for centuries and is commonly found in traditional pocket knives. However, modern folding knives also incorporate various other opening mechanisms such as liner locks, frame locks, and assisted opening mechanisms to provide easier and quicker blade deployment. These advancements have increased the convenience and functionality of folding knives in various applications.
The Arno Bernard iMamba® has a special mechanism that sets it apart from other knives. Unlike most slip-joint knives that have constant tension, this knife has a "safety" halfway through its opening range. This safety reduces the tension on the blade, making it easier for you to move your fingers before the tension increases again. This mechanism helps the knife open and close smoothly.
The detent of Arno Bernard Knives has been enhanced, simplifying the process of deploying the blade. This can also be accomplished with a reverse finger flick. The most recent iMambas feature caged bearings, which greatly facilitate disassembly.
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Contrasting the Manufacturing Process
In stark contrast to the vast majority of folding knives, which are machine-produced, the iMamba® is a testament to hands-on craftsmanship. The three brothers behind the Arno Bernard brand have left their tangible mark on each knife, evidencing the level of personal care and attention invested in their creation.
Precision Engineering: The iMamba's metallic tolerances are astounding - less than 1/100th of a millimeter, which is a tenth of the thickness of a standard piece of paper. These knives are a testament to precision engineering and meticulous attention to detail.
Hand-polished Blades: Each iMamba® blade is hand-polished to a gleaming mirror finish, highlighting areas requiring further refinement. To complete the process, the blades are tumbled with ceramic media, resulting in a satin gloss finish. The result? A shiny, razor-sharp edge set against the satin gloss of the blade body.
The Finest Raw Materials: The iMamba's excellence begins with the selection of superior components. Its blade is crafted from RWL 34 stainless steel, renowned for its strength and durability.
The Arno Bernard iMamba® folding knife is a true masterpiece, combining the finest materials, superior craftsmanship, and a commitment to detail. This knife is not just a tool; it's a work of art, a testament to the passion and dedication of the Bernard brothers. It is clear that the iMamba® is more than deserving of its "Best Knife" classification.