Gudy van Poppel + WE Knife = Ferox

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.

Seki Cut Encounter SC-105 collab Bob Lum & Haruo Suetake

Recently I had the opportunity to acquire a nice design from the previous decade, the Seki Cut produced collaboration between Bob Lum (RIP) and (now retired) Haruo Suetake. Both logo’s are engraved in the blade. Immediately recongnizable as Bob Lum design. Produced with the Japanese craftsmanship what Seki City is famous for. The Encounter (what this design is called) was produced in 6 variations in terms of blade & grip material. This one is the SC-105 which was done with black Micarta & D2 steel for the blade. There is also a sc-105 done with Damascus steel. All variations were produced before 2006. There were also 2 fixed blade varieties produced.  I am very happy I got one. And now my collectors blood wants a damascus variety.

Bob Lum design, produced in collaboration with Haruo Suetake by Seki Cut early 2000’s

The Seki Cut project was in fact a collaboration on its own. A couple of Japanese master bladesmiths joined forces and founded this succesfull project. The Encounter was the best selling productline in the Seki Cut factory.