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!
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!
BLADE University is kickin it up a notch with 12 new BLADE U speakers that will be touching on a variety of knife related topics. From Nick Rossi of the New England School of Metalwork, ABS master smith Bill Burke and BLADE Magazine Field Editor, Dexter Ewing, you are bound to find a class to meet your knife needs!
Check out the full list below of all the amazing speakers from all around the world you can learn from! Plus, view the full list of classes and save $10 with every 3 classes you purchase. Don’t let this one-of-a-kind experience pass you by.
Nick Rossi, New England School of Metalwork
Craig Camerer, ABS journeyman smith
Herbert Derr, custom knifemaker
Dexter Ewing, professional sharpener/BLADE Magazine Field Editor
Scott McGhee, ABS master smith
Charles Gedraitis, custom knifemaker
Capt. Chris Stanaback, Knives/Sportsmen Services
Les Robertson, Robertson’s Custom Knives
Bill Burke, ABS master smith
Miles Wirtel, Santa Fe Stoneworks
Michael Sort Mouritsen, Raffir
Dellana, knifemaking artist
Timothy Potier, ABS master smith
JW Randall, ABS master smith
Tom Krein, knifemaker
Abe Elias, knifemaker/BLADE Magazine Field Editor
Wally Hayes, ABS master smith
Chris Amos, HEPK master smith/BLADE Magazine Contributor
Brion Tomberlin, ABS master smith
The 2nd Annual Battle for Bali-Champion.
The best balisong flippers in the world will return to BLADE Show to compete for the title of Grand Master in Bali Comp 2018. Blade HQ will host the annual event and Blade Runners Systems will run the competition dynamics alongside expert judges from the balisong community. Participants will compete with live, sharp knives while they do rollovers, transfers, and aerials in the chase for the title.
BLADE Show ticket holders are invited to watch the competition in The Courtyard onsite on Saturday. Time to be determined.