We 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. I (André Thorburn) spent many years in the manufacturing sector and bring many of those skills to the partnership.
In 2010 we started the A2 Knives Collaboration when we acquired a Tormach CNC mill. While van Heerden is responsible for the handle and clip work, I am responsible for the blades and the mechanism of each knife.
We share a passion for quality knives and spend many hours working on new designs and reworking the existing ones to continually improve on our knives. As a result of the uncompromising attention to detail and quality, we have done a number of collaborations with designers like Tashi Bharucha, Liong Mah, and PDW. We also have a collaboration with Boker knives.