Andre Van Heerden

A2 Knives is a collaboration between André Thorburn and Andre van Heerden

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The two Andres met in 2003 when Andre van Heerden attended a fixed blade knife making course being offered by André Thorburn. Within a week Andre van Heerden attended André Thorburn’s folder making course and this was where the friendship started.

They met regularly helping each other and discussing trends and challenges in knife making. Andre van Heerden is an IT Networks Engineer by day and brings that perspective to the table. André Thorburn spent many years in the manufacturing sector and brought many of those skills to the partnership.In 2010 they started the A2 Knives Collaboration when they acquired a Tormach CNC mill. While van Heerden is responsible for the handle and clip work, Thorburn is responsible for the blades and the mechanism of each knife.They share a passion for quality knives and spend many hours working on new designs and reworking the existing ones to continually improve on their knives. As a result of the uncompromising attention to detail and quality, they have done a number of collaborations with designers like Tashi Bharucha, Liong Mah, and PDW. They also have a collaboration with Boker knives.

They attend a number of Knife Shows around the world together, whilst still maintaining their own Knife brands. They have a large Dealer network and occasionally take custom orders from selected collectors. The latest model is the A6 Interframe framelock that will debut at the FLL show 2017.

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