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    Default Gudy Van Poppel framelock folder

    Gudy is a famous knifemaker who makes excellent folder, among other things. I saw this one when I first visited him last year, but it was sold pending payment. It kept niggling at me. For one, I didn't have a 'real' folder, and also at the Gembloux show I noticed I was the only one in our group who didn't carry a real knife.

    so on 31 dec I asked him how much it would cost to make another. Turns out this one had become available again. I sent him the money and today I went to pick it up and sneak in some shop time while I was there.

    This beauty is mine now. As with tools, I either make do with cheap or frankensteined things, or I go all in and buy the best I can buy without thinking about the cost. This knife is the latter category. It is high quality stainless, stonewashed. Tactical with rugged yet very clean decoration and grooves. The brass rings you see are cut from actual bullet casings. The liner lock is solid, and the knife pivots on bearings.

    The close position is held by an internal little sprung ball bearing. To open it you either open it like a normal folder, or you can 'spring' it open with the lever. This requires quite some force though, and a specific technique. Gudy told me that it is not uncommon for people not to be able to open his knives that way.

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    Really looks like form follows function...seldom see folders that look as good folded as open...Nice.
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    I am digging the .338 Lapua Magnum pivot. Gudy make nice stuff.

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    That is one HANDSOME knife!

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    That is a very nice knife Bruno. I'm sure those aren't real primers in the bullet cases. I carry a Zero Tolerance (ZT) knife. I have had this one for about 3-4 years now but they now are making them with ball bearing type opening. I love the Tanto blade on mine. I have another one just like it except it has the serrated edge. It can be opened with the Thumb on the silver button on the blade or with the finger pulling back on the part protruding out opposite the button. I need to sharpen it.

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    Nothing line your guys knives, but i am REALLY looking at a Al Mar folder
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter74743 View Post
    Nothing line your guys knives, but i am REALLY looking at a Al Mar folder
    I just checked 'em out shooter & they are nice. Mine is outdated by now but the blade is about 3 7/8 & made of the S30V. It also has a little tool kit for adjusting how tight or loose you want the blade. I like mine to not have slack in it but to open quick.
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    Nice looking knife! I love the milling on the handles and the bullets!!
    This is my favorite framelock, a carbon fiber Sebenza:

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    That's nice Ernie. It looks like yours has the screw pivot to tighten or loosen the blade like mine does. I like the solid black color in case I have to pull it out at night, harder for someone to see. I also took the pocket clip off & I carry it in a sheath so I don't get arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. I've seen it happen too many times & it's ridiculous!
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    Yes, the pivot is adjustable which is very nice! I carry mine clipped, but I live in the country so no ones even bats an eye at someone carrying a knife
    Bruno- what are the knife laws like in your country?
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