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When we talk about going to knife shows, many times I hear...I don't have one close by, I would have to drive a couple hours and go spend the night somewhere.  The other thing I hear is, is this show worth going to?

Let me talk a little about both those aspects.  For me, a knife show IS a destination.  Yes I have to travel, I have been known to spend 2 days on the road for 2 days of shows.  That may be a bit on the extreme side for some of you LOL.

Lets just take a look at the Knife Road Show we just went to.  We met members, saw old friends and met new of both.  I went hands on with 2 new knives I have been looking at online and I learned about a company I did not even know I had a big desire to learn more about.

When you look at a list of vendors going to a show, are you only looking at the manufactures or does it also strike you that the knowledge in that room will be more than you can resist?  Lets take a quick walk through this one

Between just these 2 gentleman there are over 11 books dedicated to knives and darn close to 100 years of knife knowledge.

Below is Tommy Clark, the buyer for Blue Ridge Knives.  Tommy has been the collection buyer for 30 years.  Raised on a farm in east Tennessee and developed a love for knives at the age of eight. Tommy would take the money he made working in hay and tobacco and buy knives at the local flea markets and gun shows. He was literally hooked on knives and was setting up and selling knives at these same shows and markets throughout my teenage years.  In 1981, he was able to turn passion into profession when offered a job by Phil Martin who is the owner of Blue Ridge Knives.

David Clark, hooked on knives in elementary school, David took one of the first tours of the Schatt & Morgan factory.  There he met Mr Fred Fisher, the most knowledgeable collector of Queen cutlery.  That just fueled the fire, His education of antique cutlery and cutlery manufacturing continued with

many discussions with Joe and Betty Dial of Alabama, who were collectors of Queen Cutlery
for many years; and with Pete Cohan, Jim Sargent, Mark Zalesky and Bruce Voyles.

And speaking of Mark Zalesky,

 what he doesnt know  

 about knives, he can send you

to the right person for the answer.

As for knowledge, you can usually find more than you will ever need at a knife show.  Some of the dealers themselves have been on the buying/selling knife circuit so much that they can answer most anything or point out someone in the room that can.  One of my favorite TV characters has a motto...GO, LEARN THINGS!   That about says it all for me.  In another article this week I will be sharing what I learned about a company I didn't even know I wanted to learn more about.

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Lol.....My ugly mug....I enjoy doing knife shows a lot. (One of the reasons I make knives is so I can buy.....more knives,
Robesons in particular.) I also get to reconnect with friends and peers, and unfortunately, see find out who has passed away.


 
Jan Carter said:

So know that we have decided show knowledge is awesome, lets look at some more aspects of any knife show.  Meeting folks that share your interest

This is after setup as folks are coming in, JJ and his daughter drove in to see us and the show (probably not in that order LOL) Custom makers are always among those hanging out 

Danny and Tracey Reed came in from IL. 

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