New things to look forward to this year at BLADE Show!

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! 

Meet the BLADE Magazine team- Steve Shackleford

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.”

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!


NEW BLADE University Speakers this year!

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. 

NEW speakers!

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