WE Knife Company Ltd (with Civivi Knives) is main sponsor of Bladestock, the annual European weekend show/gathering in The Netherlands. Without the help of dozens of volunteers this show is not possible. So since 2018 WE Knife also provides a laser engraved version of one of here lineups for the volunteers.
This years knife is the Civivi Courser, a full sized slender looking folding knife with awesome characteristics, very capable and usefull. Thank you WE Knife & Civivi.
Especially for the USN Gathering and Blade Show 2019 WE has made a few specials which only will be available during those shows in a very limited number for each variety (less then 10pcs/variety). Details for these specials I will add later. For now let the pictures speak for themselves.
In Thiers, France is one of the biggest (and maybe even THE biggest) knifeshows in Europe. Over 230 exhibitors are showing their work, most of them traditional knifemakers. Thiers is the region to be when you are a knifemaker in France, like Seki for Japan, YangJang for China, Solingen for Germany and Maniago for Italy.
In 2020 it will be the 30st anniversary of the festival. 3 days of the most beautiful handmade knives from all kinds. Knifemakers from several countries are exhibiting. Also a few manufacturers.
I exhibited the 2019 show with 2 friends for WE Knife Company. Pretty bold, I think, because the French are very traditional regarding knives and patriottic as well. So when visitors saw the sign behind our table with CHINA, a lot of them passed without giving a look. But, not expected, we got a lot of positive feedback. Lots of visitors handled our knives and without exception, they all were enthusiast about the production quality. I even sold several knives and pens. Below an impression of the festival, our table and friends.
Very interesting new releases of WE Knife Company in April 2019. Starting at the top: The Plethiros designed by Elijah Isham for the Civivi subsidary brand, the 037 designed by a young talented designer Kellen Bogardus, the Syncro (a very impressive kwaiken styled integral), the Naja DS (a damascus steel variety of the last year released Civivi Naja) with a pricetag of only $88,- and finally at the botttom the Malice, a collaboration with Ferrum Forge. More info you can get at www.weknife.com or www.weknife-news.com.
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.