Custom knives mean specialised skill and artistry, high quality material, and beautiful designs. It is a lengthy and involved process, and because of this, they tend to cost a bit more than an ordinary, mass produced hunting knife. Often an Arno Bernard Knife will be passed on as an heirloom to the next generation, and it is important, if you want to ensure you have a lifelong companion, to take proper care of your knife.
Arno Bernard Knives are known to have the perfect balance between edge retention and performance, something we would ascribe to the steel we use and 30 plus years of experience in knife-making. Creating a knife that can be sharpened to a fine edge and still retain its shine without fracturing is vital if you want a knife that will function consistently without fail.
While there are certain traits that all Arno Bernard knife collectors share like: good taste, a knack for splendid quality and being tough; there are also specific qualities associated with our 2018 fixed blades. Sit back and let us tell you what your choice of blade might reveal about you. So, without further ado, the Bongo possessor:
The Boisterous Bongo
The Bongo with its very efficient drop point design is perfect for the direct, goal-achieving manly-man. This is why the Bongo is usually associated with desirable men that have ambitious goals and mean what they say. By being passionate and adventurous these fellas are never passively content with mediocrity. They like to do new things and aren't afraid of change. Using their “go to” knife they will never allow themselves to be average - whether they’re hunting whitetail, elk or medium plains. A Bongo fellow is not afraid of commitment, following-through or being responsible. This might just explain why they are such a big hit with the ladies…
The Bold Bateleur
The Bateleur bloke is a guy who displays discipline, self-control and confidence. They are meticulous at caping jobs. These chaps have mastered the art of temperance; they think before they act, and don’t let their emotions get the best of them. By carrying the Bateleur with its new lanyard and bead and locking sheath design they are also great role models. Being mature and self-confident gents, the Bateleur owner knows himself and what he stands for. His opinions and viewpoints do not blow with the winds. Finally the Bateleur fellow is detail-orientated and sophisticated with his bird and trout knife.
The Well-Mannered Marmoset
The Marmoset blade lover is a gentleman. This sought-after guy is not only polite, respectful, considerate, and attentive to a woman’s needs, but also genuine and thoughtful. He uses his Marmoset knife for processing small game and fowl while treating everyone around him with kindness and equal importance. He also displays classic gentleman behaviour such as pulling out a woman’s chair, opening the car door for her and taking her coat, while sporting his beautiful EDC. We here at Arno Bernard believe that if all men chose the Marmoset we would live in a better world filled with knights in shining armour.
The Babbling Badger
The Badger collector is a worldly, interesting problem solver. While donning around his clip point design Badger knife he is well-spoken. This fella knows how to speak effectively, develop his conversational abilities and does not flop around like a fish out of water during a braai (barbeque). These men are witty and people usually hang onto every word they say. To put it bluntly - folks like to converse with Badger enthusiasts. Lastly these blokes also express a lot of integrity. The Badger investor’s integrity is highly respected and in return, they respect others. While processing small game, fowl, and even deer-sized animals these guys will always stand up for their beliefs and choose the moral high ground.
Well there you have it! Now you can go and decide whether your blade of choice really does reveal your personality. Let us know in the comments!
N690 Bohler Steel And Why It’s The Best Choice
Let’s all be honest whoever said “blade steel is not everything” most certainly doesn’t own an Arno Bernard knife forged from N690 Bohler Steel. Yes, of course Arno Bernard also uses the best heat treatment techniques, innovative blade designs and add exotic African-inspired handles – but the steel is really the essence of the blade. N690 Bohler Steel can be defined as a cobalt-enriched stainless steel from the Austrian steel company Bohler. Seeing as knives become a lifelong companion, we here at Arno Bernard feel we should enlighten you not only on what N690 Bohler Steel entails, but also why it would the best choice of steel for you!
Excellent Edge Retention
Arno Bernard’s knives are known to have the perfect balance between edge retention and performance – we would ascribe this to the steel we use. N690 Bohler Steel is extremely fine grained creating a blade that will retain its sharpness when subject to periods of use. Let’s face it, all blade experts will tell you that the finer the steel grain - the better the edge retention. By adding cobalt, an extremely unusual alloying element, an extra edge is provided. Having cobalt mixed into the steel creates an uncommon uniformity providing a fine and consistent edge, enhancing edge retention and sharpening receptivity. Coming from Arno Bernard we feel we can safely argue that the edge-holding ability of N690 is superior to most stainless formulations.
Goodbye Stains and Corrosion
By combining various alloying elements (chromium, vanadium, manganese, molybdenum, etc.) N690 is known for its corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Bohler Steel resists deterioration and corrosion such as rust caused by external elements like humidity, moisture and salt. What’s also great about N690’s stainless steel properties is the way it thrives in most conditions leading to a flawless adaptability - ideal for hunting knives. But one must also take care of your life long companion! For a few tips, read our article titled: Here are some finer points to help you take care of your Arno Bernard knife (https://arnobernard.com/blogs/to-the-point/how-to-take-care-of-your-hunting-knives).
Harnessing N690 Steel’s Hardness
Not only are Arno Bernard Knives cut from Bohler N690 steel, followed by freehand hollow ground and hand polished. They are also heat treated and tempered using a liquid nitrogen process. This leads to a staggering hardness and ability to resist deforming when subject to stress and applied force. N690 is once again the winner of steels by resulting in a blade that is 59-60 on the Rockwell hardness scale.
Tough, Tougher, Arno Bernard
And what about toughness? Well it’s right there in our slogan…
Tough enough to use - Nice enough to collect
If you are searching for a blade that can offer edge retention, stain and corrosion resistance, hardness and added toughness – look no further! An Arno Bernard knife forged from N690 Bohler Steel – is not only the right, but the BEST choice for you!
To all you crinkling noses and furrowed eyebrows we are motived by the primal satisfaction that is given by a blade that cuts flawlessly; driven by self-defence; inspired by artistic endeavours; enthused by historical narratives and simply interested by knives’ daily uses. But more than anything we like knives and that’s the main reason why we will keep on collecting.