Well, the prototypes have come back from the field with good feedback so the first actual order went out last week. What's in a name...? My mother and father divorced early in my childhood and she remarried. . I did not get along well with my step dad for various reasons, but mostly because of my real dads jealousy causing trouble. My father was an alcoholic and died in a bar fight when I was 18. After that, my step dad and I began to grow closer together. He was a perfectionist and when I was 8-10 years old that was a real pain in my butt. What I didn't realize is that his habits were rubbing off on me even though I hated it. As it turned out, my step dad was an awesome dad that I never really had. His middle name was Bermont... My wife and I lost a child to a miscarriage late in our lives. We were so looking forward to having a child at this point in our lives with all of the "youth" problems behind us. That child's name was to be River. Together the name Bermont River pays tribute to my late step dad for all the work habits he engrained in me, and the joy we felt when looking forward to my son. It fits perfect. I have always been obsessed with knives but never realized that you could make your own. 4 years ago while duck hunting in ND, I met a legend in the business-Phil Wilson. His knives are the epitome of what the ultimate goal for a knife has always been to me. After some prompting, I assembled the tools one by one and dove in. My thought of the ultimate knife is one that holds an edge for a long time and melts in your hand when you are using it. Since I love to elk hunt in the wilderness (where you can't go home and sharpen your knife) a knive that holds an edge, stands up to weather, and is an extension of your hand is important to me. These thoughts are in my mind when making all my knives. To me, a knife has 2 key elements. Design and edge retention. The steel I have settled on is a stainless steel that is specifically made for cutting. It has been refined for the knife making industry. CPM S90V is an extremely hard and tough steel that will hold an edge for a very long time. I do all my own work from start to finish. I have my own kiln and do the heat treating in house and monitor the hardness throughout he process. The original intention was to come up with a few designs and offer them to customers. Needing designs, I asked a few guys to send me a cut out of what they wanted. The Grizzly and Brandon are products of customers sending me a cutout and the knife was made to match. While I am not sure where the company will go from there I am excited to make knives how ever they come to me. Here are some of my Prototypes and sold knives: Zach Kaisers filet Knife. Zach is hard on stuff and he didn't break this! Success! It is made from CPM154, Micarta handle, with brass hardware. 6" blade with good flex. Rockwell 61.5c. Steel did not hold an edge as well as CPM S90V. The Malard- Small bird and fish knife made from CPM S90V, Desert ironwood handle with brass bolster, pins and lanyard hole. 61c Rockwell 6" Filet knife from CPM154, tan micarta handle,brass Corby bolts, bolster and lanyard hole. 61c Rockwell The Whitetail. 8" hunter with 4" blade. CMP S90V steel, desert ironwood handle, brass bolster, pins and lanyard hole. 61c Rockwell. The Grizzly CPM S90V @61.5c Rockwell. Brass bolster, pins and lanyard hole in a black G10 handle. This knife gutted, skinned and quartered 7 deer and was still sharp. First custom made knife made from a cardboard cutout that the customer sent. CPM S90V steel @61c Rockwell, Stainless Corby bolts and Desert ironwood handles. This is how the first custom knife came to me along with a photo of what he was thinking.