This little Award Winning Gentleman’s flipper I purchased from Martin Annegarn after the Dutch Knife Exhibition april 2019. It’s an awesome piece with Mother of Pearl scales, RWL34 blade and Timascus bolster. Being a frontflipper, it flips like a rocket!
Martin (or MAKnives) makes a lot of custom knives. For example slipjoints with Cran Forcé “locking” mechanism. Awesome Gentleman’s knives. Just take a look here to see more.
These two are made by Gudy van Poppel, Dutch knifemaker. The one on the left is the Gitano.The right one is the Xerxes. This one is kind of special because the blade design is from Tashi Bharucha. Tashi and Gudy are friends. The Xerxes will be available as production knife as well. Probably in the autumn of 2019 it will be available and sold by a new Dutch company Dutch Blade Works. Probably proto’s will be showed during Blade Show 2019. The Xerxes will be produced by WE Knife.
April 13th 2019, the Dutch Knife exhibition. Martin Annegarn, Dutch knifemaker came to me and got me speechless and totally flabbergasted. I didn’t know what to say and I continued setting up my table for WE Knife/Civivi. What got me acting this way? He gifted me this Straight Razor, a one of a kind he made years ago. He knew I liked it very much and just by surprise he gave it to me as a present. I certainly do not deserve such a gift!
Recently I got the Martin Annegarn custom made Special Flipper. This one is made with a Damasteel blade of 100mm (so pretty big) with timascus bolster, mokumai liners and backspacer, marbled carbon fiber scales. Martin made this one on my request, without any directions which materials and design to use. The only thing I told him was my budget. Well he surpised me with this awesome full dressed piece. I love it. It’s on picture with a Lionsteel made Messerunndco special Pen, a simple Pulsar watch and protection slippies for knife & pen, made by my friend Hans.
I was able to get me another GVP custom. This one was purchased 4 weeks ago by a knifebuddy. It was made on his specifications. But he was unhappy about a sale he did with me about aother custom from another maker. So he knew I am very fond of GVP customs and tried his luck asking me if I was in for a trade. Seeing him unhappy about his sale I decided to do the trade. And I am totally happy with it. So last week, the evening before I left to Bladeshow West, in the hotel at the airport, we settled the trade.
I feel honoured I can call Gudy van Poppel a dear friend. Gudy is a very talented Dutch knifemaker. He started as blacksmith and learned to forge his own damascus with very nice patterns. He masters every aspect of knifemaking. From fixed, folding, swords, axes and what not. All of his work are expressions of art. Gudy is one of the most creative knifemakers i know in person. So when I managed to introduce Gudy to WE Knife Company and both became enthusiast about the idea to do a collaboration, I really was very happy. First of all because a lot of knife people do not know Gudy and second most people can not afford his work. All handcrafted with hours and hours of chiseling, drilling, polishing and so on, make his knives pretty expensive.
With this collaboration his designs would become available to a larger group of knife collectors/users. Still, a $350,- (that’s the MSRP on the collaboration design) is not affordable to a lot of people,but it is already better then $3000,- for a full dressed custom folder.
The Ferox was announced and introduced during Bladeshow 2018 (USA) and Bladestock 2018 (Europe). But the reason i write this posting, is Gudy decided also to get a small amount of the Ferox (what this collaboration is called!) for himself. These he offers his customers customized. And last Sunday he showed a couple he had customized as example of what can be done with the Ferox. So here some pictures.
The clips are customized, the frames are heavily skeletonized, filework on the backspacer and he did a chisel pattern on the frames. He has only a very limited number available. Depending on what customization you want, they will cost between $600 and $1100,-. A lot of money, but real pieces of art.
I will take two with me to Bladeshow West october 5-7 2018. They will be available at the WE Knife boot and are for sale.