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Blade Show 2015

 

If you have never been, you should!

Blade Show is much more than JUST a knife show.  It incorporates aspects of knife collecting and knife making like none other.  Everything is there from old to new.  The knowledge alone one roof is worth the trip.

This year Bladesports International qualifies the first female to compete in World Cutting Championship June 6 at the Blade Show.

You can learn from the legends at BLADE University! Back again after a sold-out inaugural year, BLADE offers exciting and intensive knife education taught by experts. Fine tune your craftsmanship with the wisdom of these knife professionals!  2015 BLADE University Class Schedule

From Bladesmithing for kids to a Buck Collectors Club Meeting and an ABS Auction 18 separate demonstrations are available to all BLADE SHOW DEMO SCHEDULE

I want to be certain that you can find the iKC Sponsors and members

A.G. Russell Knives                       booth 102 & Table 23R

Alabama Damascus Steel               booth 712-714

Battle Horse Knives                        booth 206

Colonial Knife Corp                         booth 635

Ontario Knife Company                   booth  10

Painted Pony Designs                    booth 73

Premium Knife Supply                    booth 205

Queen Cut Co/Schatt&Morgan         booth  82

Smoky Mountain Knife Works          booth 22

Voyles, Bruce                                 booth  703

White River Knife & Tool                 booth  32

Blue Ridge Knives                          TABLE 1T

Cherokee Knife Supply                    TABLE 21F

Clark David                                     TABLE 25X

C-Rex Custom Knives                      TABLE 5J

Dashevsky, Greg                             TABLE 14F

Fiddleback Forge Knives                   TABLE 4E

Knife World Magazine                       TABLE 23M

Find Garett Finney at Moteng NA, LLC                                     Booth 55

Find Lacy Smith at ADS                                                         Booth  712         

Find Marc Lacrimosa (Gear2Survive) with Shadow Tech Knives Booth #209

Knife Rights, Inc/National Balisong Association Booth 706

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I have often told folks the world of knives if much larger than they think but the community of knife makers is actually smaller than a postage stamp.  In a community you all know is chock full of heavy competition, it never ceases to amaze me that virtually every maker will bring on an apprentice, will stop their day to chat on the phone and help someone work through an issue with making one or just stand around at a show talking best practices.  From the makers I hear, I was always grateful when someone would help me.  From the recipients of the knowledge mostly the comments are around, I will be forever grateful.  From the collectors I hear, he trained with ...............!!!

I have heard all of these about Tony Bose, a man with a huge heart and a true love for the knife community, in its entirety.  Of course his most famous apprentice is his son Reese.  Tony often says "I have helped a lot of guys figure out how to make pocket knives, but Reese is the only one I have taught".

What can I say about the next maker I spent time with?  His story intrigued me before I ever put a hand on one of his knives.  His pursuit of perfection made me HAVE to have one the first time I held his knives.  His friendship and support when I started my journey here at iKC has been and is a joy in my everyday life.  Mr Greg Dash and the knives

The new sheath is sweet!  Holds the knife secure and allows for drawing smoothly and simply

The Blade show is so much more than just a knife show.  The reason it is so looked forward to is not only the sheer number of makers, suppliers and collectors but the events within the event.  Like the Samurai demonstrations

  and the Knife Rights breakfast, this year with Sheriff David Clark

There will be more discussion on the breakfast and guest speaker tomorrow

I wanted to end today's entries but sharing some of the fun you can see if you just keep your eyes open.  Not only did Battle Horse Knives have an impressive Castle display going on but they had an area where kids could be kids!  

Let the battle begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and our champion finally beat Ms Alicia with one hand tied behind his back!

I just got this today.  The blade show was fun, as usual.  You can see one of my purchases on the Blade Show blog.

Jim Kitchens

Thanks for all of the posting Jan.  I saw more here than I did while we were at Blade.  Time spent behind the table rather than looking around the room I suppose.  Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Thanks for Stopping by Jan. It was very nice to meet you and your Husband. You guys brightened my day!

Jan Carter said:

A joyous moment for me was having the opportunity to not only meet our own Garett Finney but also to meet his father and put my hands on his work!  This young man will go far in the industry and it is my understanding that being at the Blade Show this year will have been good for him. Garett is a man of strong family values and faith and a moment of fellowship on Saturday was as welcome as could be.  Garett's profile and his knives can be found here http://iknifecollector.com/profile/GarettFinney

Somehow Jan never came by the Knife World table while I was around, but Kim (KW's layout artist and advertising coordinator) assures me that she was there! I did see Donnie twice...

Mark I missed so many good folks I wanted to see, next weekend at Parkers show??

Thanks for sharing all the pics Jan. Always a treat to see and talk with you and Donnie.  Wish I could have gotten out and visited with some of the rest of the members. Rick wouldn't let me stray far....should of cut my phone off....

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