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.