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.
The Arno Bernard Knives are made on the outskirts of the town of Bethlehem, South Africa. The four Bernard brothers collectively have an amazing talent, and their skill is noteworthy in each knife they make. Though they work incredibly well together as a team, and all of them have some role in the actual hand finishing of the knives and sheaths, each brother has a more specific role to play in the crafting of these beautiful creations. It is therefore mostly Franco that is involved in new product designs and Juan that heads up the handle division.
Choosing a hunting knife, a special purpose knife, or even an everyday carry knife shouldn't be something you lose sleep over. However, the quality, edge retention, as well as the particular purpose for the knife, does dictate the type of knife you need and other technical requirements. You'll be even better off owning several knives so that you are ready for action, no matter the occasion.
What would you say is the best man-made invention throughout the ages? Some might say the electric light or the telephone or perhaps the automobile. But of course, we would argue that the best thing made by man is the cutting edge. The first knife-like tools were made in prehistoric times. These hand tools, or Oldowan, are the oldest known and said to have first appeared 2-3 million years ago. They were made by chipping stones to create a chopping or cutting edge and were typically made from a single "core" stone. These knives were made and used as needed and for hunting purposes and basic survival.
Whether Dad is a hardcore gear geek, thrill-seeker, hiker, adventurist or just a general outdoors person, every Dad needs a great blade. It is very likely, if you think back to your first knife, that it was Dad who gave it to you, probably with much pride and a few warnings about how to care for your knife. It would only be fitting then, to return the honour of giving Dad a knife for Father's Day.