Being bad is always more fun. Any actor will tell you that the most memorable character they have ever played was an antagonist: the bad guy. From Magua (Wes Studi) in The Last of the Mohicans to Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in Die Hard, the black hat invariably steals the scene and makes the story more interesting. In the movie The Expendables the key bad guy (Dolph Lundgren) is the ultimate double-crossing and bloodthirsty foil to Sylvester Stallone’s over-the hill Merc running an Op in Latin America.
Who’s Who of Action Movies
The movie itself is a who’s who of action characters with names such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Jason Statham—most for the first time on screen together. To enhance the on-screen menace, the filmmakers wanted blades to match the ferocity of the action brought to life by these professional warrior characters—a very tough challenge. They wanted an “angry and mean knife that when held to your neck, glistens in the moonlight!”
Based on his reputation for high quality blades and tomahawks, the producers of The Expendables asked Eric Fehrman for samples of his knives as possible key props in the film. Eric Fehrman started Fehrman Knives when his Dad noted that he was making more knives than tools as an engineer and machinist at the family’s Fehrman’s Tool and Die Company. So to stay out of trouble, he started his own knifemaking company in 2000 that quickly developed a solid reputation for its durable blades and Tomahawks. Eric threw together a representative collection of his blade work and shipped them to Sylvester Stallone’s propmaster. When presented with examples of the various knife makers and blades, director and star of the movie Sly Stallone was immediately drawn to the quality and look of the Fehrman knives and said, “I want these.”