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Freerk Wieringa Commissioned Bowie - Whole Process w/pics and vid

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Cryptyc, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Excited and wanted to share Hahahaha. I’ve always wanted an awesome big Bowie knife but made the way I wanted. In my searches I came across this maker named Freerk Wieringa (has a pretty cool YouTube channel). After some emails and conversations he said he would be glad to make my blade and my wait began. He says it’ll only take a month. Anyway, I’m just stoked for my first real custom and wanted to share with other blade people.
     
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    I can't wait to see it.
     
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  3. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I’ll make sure to post it up when it arrives. I’ll give it some good testing too. When he sends me the drawings I’ll post them up too.
     
  4. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    Great move. :thumbsup: A true custom, made to your specs, is a real treasure. :cool:
     
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  5. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Congrats!
     
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  6. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications. Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 27, 2014
    @Cryptyc Congrats!

    What makers offered something close, or what had your eye prior to contacting the maker?

    What did you want changed to make it "yours"?
     
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  7. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    NJBill,
    I’ll focus on what I liked about Freerk’s Bowies specifically. They are huge! Not just the blade length but the width. I like how he hammers just about every piece of the knife. His videos showing his whole process made me feel confident in how he operates and the dedication He has to his craft. His artwork paper to anvil is amazing. His technique seemed old school to me and his Bowies have an old look/traditional look to them (what I envision). It’s an all beef knife, no bullshit and he was willing to do what I wanted.

    I want a specific handle shape that he doesn’t usually do with his Bowies, more similar to his fighter one he made, smoothed grind lines, full exposed tang with some ability for hammering/crushing/striking, and a sharpened swedge. That’s what is a bit different from his regular Bowie knives that he does.
     
  8. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I’m excited for when I get the initial artwork so I can see if it’s spot on or do some changes before metal hits anvil!
     
  9. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    You should post the whole process from the perspective of a first time custom buyer. We'd all enjoy it and if it goes well it will drum up more work for the maker.
     
  10. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications. Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 27, 2014
    I would love to see this.

    It would also be wise to let him know about your doing this. This way, if he wants to add any info, or explain why he takes some steps, or speak to any particulars, he can do so.
     
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  11. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I definitely will. I’ll keep updating this thread as I get updates from him. I have to admit that I hope he makes one of his awesome videos when making my knife. I’d like to watch that with my son, and also it would be neat to see my exact blade being made.
     
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  12. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    So interesting you said that, I asked his permission before posting this thread and he said go for it. I’ll email him the link for this thread. Maybe he’ll get a membership.
     
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  13. W. Anderson

    W. Anderson Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    Be warned, once you go custom it's hard to go back.
     
  14. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Oh, I believe it! I am excited knowing that it is a one of a kind and made the way I wanted.
     
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  15. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    I know it's a touchy subject sometimes but I am curious what price range we are talking? I quite like his work and he is even sorta close (2 hrs north from me) :thumbsup:
     
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  16. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Congrats!:thumbsup:
     
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  17. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    danbot,
    Thank you!

    b00n,
    Much much less than what you'd think for a bowie that is huge and hand-forged. Out of respect for the maker, I won't post his price here. I'm not sure how that works in the custom world and when people have asked him that publicly on YouTube and Facebook, he always said to e-mail him directly.

    Side note, you live in the Netherlands? That's cool.
     
  18. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Very West Germany. I can almost throw stones into Holland, Belgium and France :D
    And yeah, fair enough I never quite understood the seeming secrecy though, I get that makers say "base price XXX dollars" because materials and options drive a base price up, but not giving at least a rough "standard knives start at XXX dollars" at least. :oops:
    Anyway not anything against you, you're just respecting him. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. herdbull

    herdbull Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    291
    Jan 30, 2018
    Congratulations! I just looked at his work on facebook and that fellow seems to like BIG, beefy blades. Looking forward to seeing yours.
     
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  20. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    b00n,
    That's cool. I sent you a PM.

    herdbull,
    dude, big beefy blades seem to be his jam. Like I said above, he puts a lot of steel into them. I've always wanted a beefy bowie and I think he will deliver splendidly.
     

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