Being an accomplished outdoorsman, camper, hunter, fisherman, outdoor chef, sailor, conservationist or any other off-the-beaten-track calling, hobby, or trade, contains a long list of skills that are hard-won and often gained through trial and error. Given the nature of the activity, the trial-and-error process is not to be dismissed lightly and can leave a few scars or at the very least a good survival/adventure story.
In times past, scars were seen as badges of honor, a vivid display of courage and daring. The dueling scars or Schmitte of the upper-class Austrians and Germans are an example of men wanting to be seen as brave, having honor in their society and being good husband material.
Not that we are suggesting that you accidentally-on-purpose injure yourself on your next outdoor adventure. But, it would be fair to wonder, in a room full of people, who would be given the most honor, an adventurer or a person sporting a Schmitte?
Both are skilled and accomplished in their craft, but the skills of an adventurer have by far the most practical value.
How do we recognize an adventurer in a crowd?
The trappings of civilisation have no hold on an adventurer, so you might look for tanned skin, an air of quiet self-assurance, a quality of competence, a steady and intent gaze, perhaps a scar or two, or an item on their person that sets them apart - the most obvious would be the everyday carry knife.
This badge of honor, your everyday carry knife, is generally self-awarded, with little fanfare. But, this does not mean that it carries less weight than a club or 'official' award, it is just that you have recognized in yourself that you are worthy of this honor. The ability to fillet a fish, field dress, prepare a meal, make camp or emergency strike a halyard or jib sheet, are all skills that are yours for keeps, ingrained in your character. Such great deeds and hard-won skills deserve the highest honor, so carry your Arno Bernard Knife with pride, because surely you have earned it.
Arno Bernard Knives are designed for tough jobs and to be used as an everyday carry knife. They are finely crafted, and we can understand why they become badges of honor, collector's items, but don't let them gather dust. They want to be used, and you will always have a richer experience when you tackle any knife task with your favorite Arno Bernard Hunting Knife.