Official Knife of BLADE Show 2018 – Only 150 Knives Made!
This special edition of the CRKT Caligo was made exclusively to commemorate BLADE Show 2018. It sports all of the features that turned the T.J. Schwarz-designed Caligo into a hit, plus a couple extras that make it an instant collectible.
- BLADE Show 2018 logo on blade
- Serialized number on blade
- Designer T.J. Schwarz’s autograph on blade
- Overall Length: 7.625″ (193.68 mm)
- Blade Length: 3.185” (80.9 mm)
- Closed Length: 4.471″ (113.56 mm)
- Blade Edge: Plain Edge
- Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
- Blade Finish: Black Oxide
- Blade Thickness: 0.129” (3.28 mm)
- Weight: 3.4 oz
- Handle: 6061-T6 Al
- Style: Flipper w/Locking Liner
- IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System
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Dan Delavan and Phil Lobred, two long-time supporters of the knife industry, are the latest inductees into the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame®.
The formal inductions will be held during the BLADE® Magazine Awards Reception the Saturday night of the BLADE Show, which will be held June 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
The Cutlery Hall Of Fame is the only such body to recognize all members of the knife community. Nominated and voted on by living Cutlery Hall Of Famers, the inductees must have a) demonstrated extraordinary service to the knife industry; b) displayed honesty, character and integrity; c) advanced the industry by the creativity and originality of their works or contributions; d) as ambassadors or outstanding contributors furthered the positive impact of the knife industry on the world at large; and e) in summary, demonstrated a worthiness to be a member of such a prestigious group.
Along with his wife Pam, Dan closed the Plaza Cutleryretail knife shop in the South Coast Plaza Shopping Resort in Costa Mesa, California in January after 44 years as one of the world’s most forward thinking of brick-and-mortar cutlery stores. Dan was in on the ground floor, helping his parents, Del and Lois, open the store in 1974.
From the outset, Plaza was a pioneer in selling knives in a mall setting and custom knives in general—the latter at Dan’s insistence and something only a handful of stores at most did at the time. Plaza was a leader in hands-on customer service; sharpening while you waited; in-store meet-the-knifemaker events; custom and factory knife exclusives; the latest factory knives, swords, kitchen knives and assorted knife accessories; and later and through to today, online knife sales, including Randall knives and customs.
The Delavans started what would become the California Custom Knife Show in the early 1980s and made it into one of the industry’s premier cutlery events, including a visit from Sylvester Stallone that helped pave the way for the Rambo knife revolution that transformed the knife culture in general. Dan and Pam sold that show and started another one that was very successful. They recently sold the latter and it will continue under new management.
Dan also helped start the National Independent Cutlery Association, a buying group for domestic cutlery shops that boasted 100 member stores at its height. NICA helped its members in their business relationships with knife manufacturers and importers, had an annual knife and knife exclusives, and otherwise aided in furthering the availability of fine cutlery to its members’ customers nationwide.
An image from 1975 of Dan Delavan in the old Plaza Cutlery knife store one year after it opened.
Phil may be best remembered for commissioning what is arguably the most important knife of the modern custom era: the King Tut Dagger Reproduction by fellow Hall-Of-Famer Buster Warenski.
Beginning in 1983 Phil coordinated the annual Art Knife Invitational, an intimate gathering of the world’s elite knifemakers in San Diego, who in turn offered their knives for sale to the world’s elite custom knife collectors. The show took about a 10-year hiatus but returned as a biennial event and continued to draw the elites worldwide. It continues under the direction of Phil’s daughter, Sandee.
For a time in the 1970s Phil shared his home with Hall-Of-Famer Gil Hibben. Hibben made knives in Phil’s garage, with Phil by his side. Later, with Phil in tow, Gil enjoyed an audience with a special fan of Hibben knives: Elvis Presley. Phil and Gil visited with Elvis until the wee hours, a meeting that remains the stuff of legend.
Phil’s vast knowledge of custom knives and also 19th-century dress bowies proved an invaluable source of information for many, including BLADE. Perhaps Phil’s most important contribution was his faithful patronage and support of the custom knife industry. He bought and collected the knives of many makers from the early 1970s on at a time when the industry needed such buyers/collectors desperately to survive. As a Hall-Of-Fame nominator noted, “Phil was the definition of a knife collector, always talking and promoting knives. Then he started his Art Knife Invitational and that changed the custom knife industry forever.”
The King Tut dagger repro Lobred commissioned Buster Warenski to create.
This year BLADE Show is celebrating its 37th year and grown to be the largest knife show in the world! Although we love to keep the same traditions here at BLADE, we also like to add in some new features each year. Check out the list of new features below and be sure to buy your tickets online and avoid the long lines when you get onsite.
-Over 200 NEW exhibitors this year.
-25,000 square feet in new exhibit space.
-New Knife of the Year winner.
-New inductees for the Cutlery Hall of Fame.
-New winners for the 16th annual men’s and 3rd annual women’s Cutting Competition.
-New BLADE U instructors and classes that include dirty chopper and goblin folder.
-A new Grand Master named at The 2nd Annual Battle for Bali-Champion.
-Brand new demos from our exhibitors throughout the weekend.
-First EVER BLADE Show mobile app with quick updates, exhibitor news and a walking floor plan.
-New restaurants and nightlife located near the convention center.
-New Braves stadium. Check out a game over the weekend- they are playing the Nationals!
Steve Shackleford, Editor of BLADE Magazine, started in 1985 with the company and has now been with us for 33 years. When it comes to knowing knife facts, people in the biz and an overall knowledge of the industry, Shack is your go-to-guy! We asked him, why he loves BLADE Show so much, and here is what he said….
“I love BLADE Show because it’s so many things to so many people. It’s more than just knives—though the world’s best knives and makers of same make it a point to be there—it’s the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones, of watching the wonder and joy on people’s faces as they see a new knife, their favorite old ones and their favorite makers and friends, of attending and seeing the various events connected with BLADE University and the free BLADE Show demos. It’s seeing the BLADE Magazine Knives Of The Year®, the BLADE Show custom knife winners, the new knives all the exhibitors display at the show, the collections, the various knife accessories and more. It’s seeing young people and old celebrate their favorite tool, coming together during the show and after hours in The Pit of the show’s host hotel, the Renaissance-Waverly, to catch up and compare knives. It’s three days of the most knife fun anywhere—and we get to do it every year. In fact, I can’t wait. Is it show time yet?!”
Pictured is one of Shack’s favorite knives. “I’m a big fan of the knives of Bill Moran. It’s hard to pick just one, though. One of my favorites by him is his 50-Year Knife.”
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 ShopBlade.com and at the show.
CLICK HERE TO VOTE!