A trip to the United States to see the international Blade Show
Held in Atlanta, Georgia
Cutlery enthusiasts have already marked the dates for the next Blade Show on their calendars. The Blade Show will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 2-5, 2016.
For those of you living in the United States this is a great opportunity to discover the unique world of cutlery. Individuals that are passionate about cutlery impatiently look forward to this yearly event. If you don’t live in the United States you’ll just need to purchase a plane ticket that will take you across the Atlantic. Experiencing the Blade Show will be well worth the investment.
Countless collectors and cutlery specialists
This show gathers cutlery experts and collectors from around the world. This year the show will take place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. This show will feature knives manufactured with the latest cutting-edge technologies and showcase new techniques used in the cutlery sector.
Cutlery lovers: here’s the show schedule!
During your stay in Atlanta come discover one of a kind cutlery articles during the three-day show.
Friday, June 3 – Day One!
- 2:00 PM - Show opens to the public
- 7:00 PM - Show closes Day One
Saturday, June 4 – Day two!
- 9:00 AM - Show opens to the public
- 6:00 PM - Show closes Day Two
Sunday, June 5 – Day three!
- 9:00 AM - Show opens to the public
- 2:00 PM - Show closes Day Three – SHOW ENDS
- 1-Day Ticket: $18 (Online) or $20 On Site
- 3-Day Ticket: $40 (Online) or $45 On Site
- Master Class: $100 for the entire day (only available Thursday, June 3)
The Blade Show: a key event
Over 700 participants
Every year the Blade Show attracts the greatest names in the cutlery field as well as artisan cutlers from around the world. This year the show will feature approximately 700 exhibitors that will showcase an impressive array of knives from around the world. Passionate individuals who have honed their skills to perfection created these collections.
A growing reputation
Ever since its creation in 1982, The Blade Show has enjoyed a growing international reputation. The Blade Show is sponsored by Blade Magazine and has changed names several times. The following is a short overview of the Blade Show’s history and name changes:
1982: The cutlery fair was called The American Blade Convention and Show and took place in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1983: The name changed to The American Blade Collector’s Show.
1984: The name changed to The Blade Super Show. In 1986, the show relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee.
1988: The name changed to The Blade Show & Cutlery Fair. Finally, the event became known as The Blade Show. In 1993 the show moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Several workshops spanning 3 days teaching the basics of knife manufacturing
From Thursday, June 2 – Saturday, June 4 The Blade Show will be offering classes aimed at educating visitors about the cutlery field and how to create knives. Thursday is set aside for classes only. Thursday’s class, Knives the ABS Way, a multi-class option is $100.
All other classes taking place Friday and Saturday cost $25 each.
You can check out the class schedule in its entirety at the following website: http://www.bladeshow.com/index.php/education/blade-university:
Thursday, June 2: a daylong event called “Knives the ABS way” (forging techniques, heat treatment, handle creation, etc.)
- 10 AM - 11:30 AM: How to Forge and Heat Treat, with Timothy Potier.
- 12:30 AM – 2 PM: How to Make a Cut ’n Shoot Knife, with Steve Culver.
- 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM: Pattern Making and Making a Leather Sheath, with Joe Keeslar.
- 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: How to Make the Dogbone Bowie Handle, with Butch Sheely.
Friday, June 3: Knife Grinding
- 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: How to Grind a Knife Blade, with Tom Krein and Lucas Burnley.
- 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: How to Grind a Knife Blade, Part I, with Tom Krein and Lucas Burnley.
- 11 AM – 12 PM: How to Grind a Knife Blade, Part II, with Tom Krein and Lucas Burnley.
- 10:30 AM – 12 PM: Scandi v. Flat Grinds: Design, Sharpening & History, with Abe Elias.
- 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM: Building & Tuning a Flipper Folder, with Wally Hayes.
- 2 PM - 3:15 PM: Bushcraft Techniques for Your Chopper, with Abe Elias.
- 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: How to build a knife from a kit using Knifekits.com.
- 5 PM - 6:15 PM: How to do it with a 4-inch angle grinder, with Joe Szilaski.
Saturday, June 4: diverse knife manufacturing methods
- 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: From One-Man Shop to Semi-Production/Production: How the Pros Do It, with Jason Brous (Brous Blades).
- 9:45 AM. - 10:45 AM: From One-Man Shop to Semi-Production/Production: How the Pros Do It, with Rick Hinderer (Rick Hinderer Knives).
- 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: How to make knives with common shop tools, with Brian Goode.
- 11 AM - 12 PM: Using 3D CAD/CAM Software in Knife Design & Knife making, with Ryan M. Johnson (RMJ Tactical, LLC).
- 11 AM - 12:15 PM: How to design and build a combat dagger, with Les George and Curtis Iovito (Spartan Blades).
- 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM: How To Get Your Knife Design Put Into Production & Do Factory or Custom Collaboration, with Brian Tighe and Rod Bremer (CRKT).
- 2 PM - 3:15 PM: The logistics, what to look for, metals, best types and proper amounts of clay, correct temperatures and more, with Wally Hostetter.
- 2 PM - 3:15 PM: What the show looks for in contestants, how to handle the pressure of forging knives on TV and more, with J. Neilson.
- 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: How to Sharpen Most Any Blade, with Murray Carter (Carter Cutlery).