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Help BLADE Choose the Official Knife of BLADE Show 2018

Each year, BLADE selects an official knife of the BLADE Show, the annual event each June in Atlanta. The knives are stamped with the BLADE Show logo and serialized, making them instant collectibles.

For BLADE Show 2018, BLADE wants YOU to help choose the knife. It’s simple:

  • Browse the CRKT knives below
  • Vote using the form at the bottom of the page
  • One vote per person
  • Voting closes Feb. 28

The winning model will be available at and at the show. 


BLADE Magazine Announces BLADE Show West in Portland

 World’s Greatest Knife Show Heads West!

BLADE®, the world’s No. 1 knife media brand, announced today the all-new BLADE Show West in Portland, Oregon—the Knife-Making Capital of the USA. The 3-day show will open its doors at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday Oct. 5, 2018.

BLADE Show West is presented by BLADE® Magazine, which also hosts the Annual BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia June 1-3.

The new BLADE Show West will feature the works of prestigious knife manufacturers large and small, as well as handmade knives made by skilled custom knife makers. And Portland is the perfect city.

“There’s no better place to have a new BLADE Show than in the backyard of Blade City USA,” said Steve Shackleford, BLADE® Magazine Editor in Chief. “Knife enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and there are many thousands of knife aficionados and knife makers in the West. We’re eager to see and showcase all the great blades out there.”

BLADE Show West attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • See knives of all types and designs—fixed blades, folders, automatics, swords, daggers, tactical knives, throwing knives, art knives and more
  • View custom knives designed, forged, and finished by individual knife makers, and new models by renowned manufacturers
  • Visit knife dealers, purveyors, collectors, and knife enthusiast organizations at more than 200 booths and tables
  • Shop for knives priced from $10 to more than $10,000, knifemaking supplies and machinery, and accessories from sharpeners to cases
  • Vote for the Best Knives of BLADE Show West
  • See knives entered in the Weirdest Knife Contest—in line with the region’s unique Keep Portland Weird! slogan

More information coming soon!


Capt. Chris Stanaback- Knives/Sportsman Services

After 3 decades in the burglar and fire alarm industry, Capt. Chris started his own business venture, based around his true passions, hunting and fishing. He started his corporation, Sportsman’s Services in 1980, specializing in individual attention to the sportsman, offering guided fishing and hunting trips throughout the Southeastern United States, as well as The Bahamas and Caribbean. In 1983 Captain Chris Stanaback became an authorized Randall knife dealer. This portion of his business soon grew to far beyond expectations and has been his key focus for the past 3 decades! Through his tireless conviction and dedication, Captain Chris Stanaback became the largest authorized Randall knife dealer in the south! 6 years ago Capt. Chris founded the RKCC (Randall Knife Collectors Club) to see it flourish to nearly 1,000 members, to date! 15% of the membership in the RKCC are international, bringing the hobby and passion of knife collecting to an even greater worldwide market!


Les Robertson- Robertson’s Custom Cutlery/BLADE field editor

Les Robertson is the owner of Robertson’s Custom Cutlery. Read more about his accomplishments below. 

-Degrees and professional certifications: Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

-Books and articles, I have authored: Books; Custom Knife Buying Guide (Only book ever written on collecting custom knives).   Over 100 articles in Blade, Knives Illustrated and Knife Annuals.  Additionally, I have been interviewed for an additional 50 articles

-Publications in which my articles have appeared: Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated, Knives 2015, 2016 and 2017, Tactical Knives and American Handgunner.

-Previous speaking engagements: For the past 27 years, I have conducted seminars for both custom knife makers and custom knife collectors in both the US and Canada. Subjects included; but not limited to, the business of custom knives, collecting custom knives, forged blades and tactical folders.

-Accomplishments; I have been a custom knife dealer for 31 years, the last 24 years full time. I have been a judge for the custom knife awards at over 30 shows, to include the Blade Show, Canadian Knifemakers Guild Show and the US Knife Makers Guild show.


Chris Amos- HEPK Master Smith/Blade Contributor

Chris made his first knife 23 years ago. At the time he didn’t know what he was doing but he knew he liked doing it.

“It was just scrap steel and wood, and all I had was a worn out hacksaw and some files, pretty standard beginnings.” After that first knife he was hooked and began a life long journey into the world of knives. It lead first to stock removal with Ken Largin, then to neo tribal forging with Tim Lively, on to the ABS school in Arkansas, and finally to Ed Fowlers High Endurance Performance Knife seminar in 2007 where Chris has been an instructor for the last 10 years. After earning his HEPK Master rating in 2013 he has taught several seminars at previous BLADE SHOWS and has authored numerous articles for Blade Magazine.”