We couldn’t be happier with the turn out of this year’s show. BLADE Show has surpassed all expectations and hit over 10,000 attendees that showed up to the Cobb Galleria this year to interact, purchase and learn from our 900+ exhibitors. Not only did we have record breaking attendance, but we also added 25,000 square feet to the Show Floor which included over 200 new exhibitors which created the largest Show Floor to date. 

We would like to thank all our attendees, BLADE U speakers, media, exhibitors and sponsors that participated in the show this year. Without you, the show would not have been such a success. 

Make sure that you save the date for our 2019 show that will be returning to the Cobb Galleria, June 7-9. More information coming soon for exhibitors regarding contracts and our hotel link. 

We appreciate all your feedback and patience this year as we make changes to better improve the show. Please continue to post on our social pages and send us photos of you and your friends/family from the show this year!

See you next year in Atlanta for another AMAZING BLADE Show! 


BLADE Show West

Looking for more BLADE Show!? We are heading out West to make our mark on a new market. More information coming soon.


Onsite Reminders


BLADE Show is finally here and we wanted to give you a few reminders to help you make the most of this year’s show. If you have any additional questions, please visit the FAQ page on the website.  

Parking: The Cobb Galleria has changed their parking price to $5 for the day. They now only accept credit card. The CKP parking lot that is across the street from the Waverly is now $10 for parking. Please plan ahead for that additional cost.

Show Hours: CLICK HERE for registration and show hours. 

BLADE University: If you weren’t able to grab your seat in a BLADE U class before online registration closed, we’ve got you covered. Head over to the registration desk when you get onsite, and you can purchase your ticket there. View full CLASS LIST. 

Line Times: Early Bird ticket holders can begin to line-up to enter the show at 7am. VIP will have a separate line and be able to begin to line-up at 10am. There will be signs pointing you where to go. General admission can begin to line-up at 1pm. 

Registration Location: Will Call location has changed from last year. All Will Call and general admission sales will now be located outside the John A. Williams Ballroom. Please look for directional signs. 

Floor Plan: Save some time and map out what booths/tables you want to hit up before you get onsite. CLICK HERE to download the floor plan and HERE to get our full exhibitor list. 

Free Demos: BLADE Show has a ton of free demos on Saturday that are included in your ticket purchase. Check out the full list and mark down which ones you want to attend.  

Exhibitor Happenings: Want to know which exhibitors will be featuring new products, giving great deals, or announcing giveaways during the show? Check out our exhibitor happenings page and mark down who you want to see once you get onsite. 

Social Media: Don’t forget to tag us in your posts while you’re onsite. Use #BLADEShow18.

Conceal and Carry Law: Georgia law provides for the owners of government buildings to use security personnel to restrict or screen ingress into a government building preventing weapons from being brought into government buildings.  (O. C. G. A. section 16-11-127).   Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (the “CEPAC”), Galleria Specialty Shops (the “GSS), and Cobb Galleria Centre (the “CGC”) are government buildings within the meaning of Georgia law [O. C. G. A. section 16-11-127 (2)].

The General Manager of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority is authorized to determine when security personnel shall be employed to restrict or screen ingress into the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the Cobb Galleria Centre, and the Galleria Specialty Shops.  The General Manager shall have the sole discretion to determine which events and which locations within the governmental buildings shall have ingress restricted or screened by security personnel and may delegate that authority to the Managing Director and Assistant General Manager.  Events to be restricted or screened shall be marked with signs informing the public that no weapons are allowed in those areas, and such areas shall have security personnel restricting or screening ingress into the areas. 

Onsite Exhibitor Happenings

This year BLADE Show has over 900 exhibitors that makes 2018 the LARGEST BLADE Show to date. Our exhibitors have a ton of fun events/promotions going on at their booths/tables during the show. Check out a few of them below and be sure to stop by!

Company  Booth/Table # Feature/Promotion 
Antigua Fragua 37A Artisanal Damascus Steel Knives.
BASTION LLC 739 Free $39.99 EDC WALLET with every purchase! Blade Show exclusive deals on knives, up to 50% OFF.   
Bestech Knives Company 2201 We would like to promote our new model PTERODACTYL, SHRAPNEL, GOBLIN. With S35VN steel, titanium and carbon fiber inlayed. Titanium knife new design.
Bradford Knives 212 Daily Blade Show Special, Special Products, Exclusive BLADE Show pricing!  
BucknBear Knives 627 EdgePack – Battery Pack Knife.
Carter Cutlery 4P Promotion #2: We are offering a FREE USCCA CRKT knife and digital training package to anyone who either upgrades to or purchases a new Elite USCCA Membership at the show. 
Cold Steel 2407 Come by the Cold Steel booth and meet custom knife maker and designer of the world’s strongest folding knife lock, Andrew Demko!  
CRKT 115 Free keychain knife with purchase of a CRKT knife at Smoky Mountain Knife Works Booth #29 at the BladeShow

Stop by Booth #115 and enter to win for a chance to win the latest Forged By War Designs, including the Freyr, RASP, Tecpatl, and many more.

Stop by Booth #115 and check out the new CRKT 2019 preview releases, headlined by the Du Hoc from Forged By War Designer Austin McGlaun. 
Current Composites, Inc. 2203 Laminated Material for knife grips in vibrant colors and various textures.  
Daggerr 37H The knife Urban 2 is developed by us in virtue of constant dialogue with our customers. In order to create the EDC knife for progressive urban users, we listened carefully to the feedback from the owners of the first Urban model. We introduced a knife that is convenient for everyday tasks and has outstanding design to make its owner different from others. Be different, choose Daggerr knives.
Dan Peters Custom Knives 15M 10% off for military and law enforcement. Free bottle of Pro Lube gun oil with purchase.  
Diez Knives  26T Custom made knives with variety of handle materials with kydex sheaths with leather attachements and or leather sheaths.  
Doc Shiffer Knives 4CC Backpockets starting at $650.00, 2 New models being presented.
Exotac 48 TitanLIGHT US Made Rugged, Waterproof and Refillable Lighter.      
Feldman Custom Knives 14S 4.5 billion year old Meteorite blades from the core of another planet, T-rex bone scales from the Cretaceous period and “Gem” Dinosaur bone scales from the Jurassic period.
Fiddleback Outpost 648 Friday we’ll have Melissa Miller from the Discovery Channel’s Naked & Afraid, and Naked & Afraid XL working with us all day. We’ll also have new outdoor fixed-blade knives from Fiddleback Forge, Osprey Knife & Tool, & more…along with related bushcraft gear.  
Gerstner & Sons 607 Show Specials for orders placed at the show – some items include shipping too!
Gritomatic 307 Product demo of new knife sharpeners Hapstone R1 and Hapstone M2 / all day
HEAdesigns 19D We have a new model to announce – The wingman! – We’re also doing a limited edition release for the show – Should be very exciting!  
Jake Hoback Knives 737 Knife Auction, New Product Introductions, Entries for a Knife Giveaway
Jantz Supply Inc 721 Introducing new products including 1080 and 1084 steels and Juma handle material.  Offering Blade Show specials on sanding belts and great deals on everything including finished blades, folder parts, mosaic pins, rivets, guards, glues, oils, and polishes.  We also have a good variety of blade steels, Damasteel, brass and nickel silver.  We also have an extra special display of our exotic handle materials from South Africa.  
Kennedy’s Knives 12T Vintage Al-Mars with Randalls.
Kilimanjaro Creations 39D African Weapons and African Crafts. 
Kizer cutlery  441 Kizer Gemini in Customized Handle / * Ray Laconico & Kizer  * Custom anodized Titanium handle* Unique FRONT FLIPPER design* Titanium handle, Caged Ball Bearing, S35VN blade.
KnoxKnife 33E Full functional Han Solo DL-44 blaster, Puppyknucks pet tags, Reinvented EW Stone knives & misc pieces from the depths of my imagination.  
Lisch Knives 13R Opportunity to bid on a one of a kind knife art piece
Little Lake Lodge 36H Hog hunt outfitter also alligator and osceola turkey hunts.  
Loveless Knives 614 The premier makers of the finest investment grade, heirloom quality, fixed blade knives.  
Mummert Knives 449 Meet the maker himself while checking out our titanium blades. We will be featuring a new knife model at the show and have plenty of Ti pocket clips, including some one offs, available. 
Nikolai Lomachenkov & Maria Stalina Custom Knives 37F Nikolai Lomachenkov & Maria Stalina Custom Knives are glad to announce that at the table 37F we will have special prices for knives by Nikolai and Maria only for visitors of Blade Show 2018. 
OOAK Forge 20N OOAK Forge offers One Of A Kind American Made tactical, outdoors, and everyday carry products that are not only extremely practical but also crafted with exceptional attention to detail and style. Stop by table 20N to check out our axes, knives, and slingshots!
Palawan Blade 41G We will be offering a limited quantity of our first run Filipino survival blades at the show and will also be taking pre-orders with a $50 OFF coupon and FREE gift when ordered at the show.
Pearce Knives 40I Silver and gold filigree and damascus southwest bowie by third generation bladesmith, Logan Pearce.
Pro-Tech Knives 15 Show exclusive Pro-Tech Boker Kwaikens – $200 & Pro-Tech Strider SNG – $250
Rat Worx 433 Rat Worx MRX Chain Drive Automatic Knives
RH Preyda 437 10% Off All Orders Placed At Show.  
Rob Carper Innovations 34C Custom Knife handle material.
Romeis Knives LLC 25W Gambit martial arts knives. Developed for our local Kuntao Combat Arts group. This knife is made from 440C stainless steel and features a 2 1/2 inch tanto point blade. There is a ring at the end of the handle for a secure grip. The handle scales are black canvas Micarta attached with stainless steel bolts. Three sheath styles are available including a front-break kydex model for the fastest possible draw. A G 10 fiberglass trainer is also available.  
Rudy Dean Custom Knives 5CC Custom made knives and tomahawks.
Sander knives 24S June 1 at 4 pm -lottery drawing. Prizes include $50, $30 and $20 gift certificates.  
Spartan Blades 1634 New Knife introductions.
Squid Industries 36F The new Squidtrainer V2.5 balisong trainer will make its first debut at BLADE Show 2018! The Squidtrainer V2.5 is the ideal choice for people who are looking to seriously get into the sport of balisong (butterfly knife) flipping. It features 5.50-inch long handles machined from solid 6061 T651 aluminum bars that are plated with a type II anodizing. The handles are also milled with a unique surface texture and are bead blasted for additional grip. The 4.50 inch blade utilizes a heat treated 410 stainless steel and comes with a unique feature known as the “tooth”–the sharp curve on the bottom edge of the trainer blade near the pivot area. This small protrusion is meant to simulate the blade edge by giving the user a slight scratch on their finger when accidentally flipping on the wrong side of the balisong. If you can flip the Squidtrainer without touching the tooth, chances are that you’ll have more success avoiding the sharp edge on live bladed balisongs. The Squidtrainer V2.5 starts at $150 and comes in a variety of other colors including silver, red, blue, and black .
SWIZA 2408 The SWIZA Swiss Knife, with its revolutionary 360° design, sure-grip and soft-touch handle folds comfortably into the hand. The ergonomic curved design makes the tools more accessible and the thumb-holes make it easy to open for both left-handers and right-handers. The Blade Show will be the first United State unveling of the product. 
Tansu knives  35K High  performance kitchen knives , new sg2 powdered metallurgy stainless San Mai Damascus series   
TFW 2302 Historically accurate ancient weapons from various different cultures, many from the Philippines. All weapons are made from high quality American steel blends. Beautiful craftsmanship in the blades as well as the sheaths.   
The Blade Point 37J Damascus Collection and Historical Knives 
TiSurvival 9DD Free lanyards tied to knives purchased at show with any bead purchase. 20% off all products. Buy 2 get one free on all lanyard beads. Multiple daily giveaways throughout the show.
Trend 56 UK based knife sharpening specialist James Barry will be demonstating in the the booth. 
Ultimate Defense Knives 2312 Category V – The Blade Magazine 2018 Most Innovative Imported Design.  
USCCA (US Concealed Carry Association)  2416 Promotion #1: Pick up your FREE Nine Line T-shirt at the USCCA booth. Anyone wearing the free shirt at the show could be randomly selected to win a $500 gift card to Palmetto State Armory, right off the show floor! We’re giving away a gift card to someone wearing the shirt each day of the show.
Voodoo Resins 10J $5 off every set of scales  you buy if your wearing a Voodoo Resins shirt. Good all weekend long.  

CRKT Caligo – BLADE Show 2018 Special Edition

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.

Exclusive Features

  • 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

CLICK HERE to purchase your knife! 

Delavan and Lobred Join Cutlery Hall Of Fame® by BLADE Magazine Staff

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.

Dan Delavan

Dan Delavan

Dan Delavan

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.

Dan Delavan Plaza Cutlery

An image from 1975 of Dan Delavan in the old Plaza Cutlery knife store one year after it opened.

Phil Lobred

Phil Lobred

Phil Lobred

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.”

King Tut dagger

The King Tut dagger repro Lobred commissioned Buster Warenski to create.