by David Maccar Walking around the SHOT Show floor can be dizzying to say the least. Just when you think you've seen everything of interest and are ready to leave, something else catches your eye…and nothing catches my eye more than a table of nice blades. These are my picks for the best knives, and other edged items, of SHOT Show 2011--from handmade blades from small companies to cutting edge products from the big manufacturers Arno Bernard Knives
One of the more striking displays, on one of the smallest tables, were the knives from South African craftsman Arno Bernard, and Arno Jr. This is a new design with a 3-3/4" canted drop-point blade giving it a swept-back shape and a lot of belly. All of the Bernard knives have handles made from South African materials and come with cape buffalo sheaths. The knives, each a bit different, are classified by the type of animal their handle materials came from. With a wharthog tusk handle, this would fall under Grazer knives. (approx. $230).