BLADE Show 2015

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Through this portal passed steel junkies from all over the world.

I arrived home from BLADE Show 2015 last night.  My trip was on a nomad’s budget, so I drove up, spent one night, then drove right back.  I was able to attend the show floor on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  It was rushed.  There were 300 booths and nearly 700 tables of good things to see.  Because of my abbreviated stay, I missed much, but I met some cool folks and saw some of the newest knives.  In the next few weeks, I will be posting articles on what I learned, so keep TBF dialed in.

Friday, I collected my Media Pass at Will Call and marched right into the show.  After several hours, I was bushed and ready for dinner, my annual trip to the Big Chow Grill for stir-fry.  On Saturday, the line to get in at 0900 hrs. snaked through the Cobb Galleria Center for a hundred yards.  I waited patiently until it died down twenty minutes later.  Once inside, I realized my pants pocket was devoid of its usual cutting edge, so I fixed that situation right in the venue.  Unlike SHOT Show, things are for sale at BLADE.

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The farther you went in, the more crowded it became.

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New maker, Schenk Knives of Idaho.

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2015 Steel Will Knives’ models.

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Dan Winkler creations, some of which see battle in the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs.

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Another nice Winkler blade.

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The latest Pohl Force folders.

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This year, I got to meet Lynn Thompson, founder of Cold Steel Knives.

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Shadow Tech Knives, proudly Made in the USA.

The whole trip happened in the blink of the eye, but it was well worth the look.  I have always had a warm little forge in my heart for blades of all kinds.  It has been great fun to attend BLADE Show for the last three years and I foresee making this pilgrimage for many more to come.

Randall

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2 Responses to BLADE Show 2015

  1. Devin says:

    Randall,

    I own 4 Winkler II blades and they are sweet. Well worth the price, plus he offers a 25% discount to LEO. Looks like you had fun…

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