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Private Bag X62 Suite 84, Bethlehem 9700 ZA, Bartholomew, Arkansas, 9700

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(058) 303-0860


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The Arno Bernard Knives workshop is situated in the outskirts of a South African town called Bethlehem. In addition to the four Bernards, there are also 8 employees who help create the knives. This includes Ruan's wife, Nicolene, CFO.

Each Bernard has a specific role to play in the crafting and producing of the knives. Arno Bernard is the CEO of the company and works with product development and CNC machining. Franco supervises the grinding team, new product design, and product testing. Juan heads up the handle division and maintenance, and Ruan is the Operations Manager and project coordinator. Of course, all of the brothers have some role in the actual hand finishing of the knives and sheaths.

We design and handcraft our knives using a superior quality steel in combination with authentic South African materials to create unique handles. Our designs are simple, yet beautiful. Though these knives are suited as collector items, they are designed to maximise practicality.

While we have a background similar to other knife makers in South Africa, we have grown from a “one man operation” that Arno Bernard Sr. started in 1979 to a factory that today supports over 20 families.

The Bernard family is very proud that they can contribute to their local community in Bethlehem, South Africa by hiring and training many wonderful men and women of integrity. Our factory is a close knit family. Some great people have been with us for over a decade and have become leaders in their communities, their families, and their places of worship.

Our goal is to allow many families to improve their quality of life for many generations. We work together, play together, and respect each other.


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