I like getting letters such as this one from Longtime Reader Topcat1957:
I don’t know if you’re a knife guy (besides the obligatory Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting knife, which all men with chests need), but here are a couple of mine from a S’Affrikin maker, Arno Bernard. Good bunch of guys putting out quality knives. A little pricey, but worth the money, I reckon.
The top one is a handy little field knife (Fin and Feather) with African blackwood and warthog tusk scales. I don’t hunt anything bigger than quail anymore, and only fish for brook trout, but this will make short work of both.
The bottom one is a small utility knife, also finished in warthog tusk.
Great Vulcan’s testicles, but those are exquisite. I had no idea that warthog tusks made such lovely handles [makes note to ask Doc Russia and Mr. Free Market to get me a couple on their next African safari together].
I am not really a “knife” man — I own barely more than three dozen in total, and only a couple thereof are of comparable beauty/value withal — for the simple reason that I regard knives (even more than guns) as tools. As such, I use them and wear them out.
Yes, I do have a couple decent ones, such as the Big Guys:
…the Little Guys:
…and what I refer to as the “Working Class”:
…along with sundry bayonets, pen knives and utility knives.
But none of them even begins to compare with Topcat’s two. Hell, even the elephant-hide sheath for his little knife is sublime.
I welcome all similar offerings from my Readers on their fine cutlery…