Bali Comp Video

This is a nice vid of the balisong competition at BLADE Show 2018. It sure was fun to watch.

Wilson

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Best Moment of the Show

Hands down, my favorite moment of BLADE Show 2018 occurred as I wandered the custom makers’ tables. I overheard maker Carl Colson mention to show goers that he hailed from Florida. I circled back to his table and saw a man in a scooter talking to Colson.

The man was holding a small fixed blade Colson had built. It had a mirror-polished clip point blade and similarly finished bolsters. Colson told the man he would like to make it as a folder someday.

I stole a glance at the name badge. That man in the chair was A.G. Russell himself! Admiring the knife, Mr. Russell replied to Colson that if he sent specs, Russell would get it into production.

If I was Mr. Colson, I would have passed out. He and I locked eyes for a few seconds. The unspoken exchange was: Me, “Holy shit!” Him, “Oh my God, pinch me!”

This type of exchange that can really take a maker’s recognition to the next level. Mr. Russell was very nice and he apparently knows what he likes.

It was kind of amazing and just one of the things you might experience if you keep your eyes and ears on high alert.

by Wilson

(The reflections on the blade are from the ceiling. Believe me, it was perfect.)

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Balisong Class at BLADE Show 2018

Chuck Gedraitus taught us a balisong making class at BLADE Show. I photographed this Bowie-style butterfly that Mr. Gedraitus made and that he passed around as an example. This gent’s talent is unbelievable. He was a terrific instructor. This seminar gave us his insights into what he had learned constructing over 170 balisongs!

Though it was all above my skill level, he made it sound almost doable for a hobby maker such as myself. Almost.

Wilson

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Bali-Comp Competition in Progress

Forty-eight competitors are flipping their fingers off at BLADE Show 2018!

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The History of Buck Knives

If you are into Buck Knives, there is a 198-foot display at BLADE Show 2018 with the rich history of the Buck family and their legacy.

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Ed Fowler Kicks Back at BLADE Show

What can you say? He’s a legend and one slick dude.

Wilson

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BLADE Show 2018’s Added Space

This is the additional floor space where BLADE Show 2018 placed 200 more booths and tables in the John A. Williams ballroom, which is adjacent to the main exhibit hall.

I am shocked at how big this room actually is. The vendors in this room, to include a heavy hitter like Cold Steel, made it a pretty good show all on their own.

With nearly a thousand exhibitors, this year’s show is definitely the premier event in the knife world.

I was afraid the impending BLADE Show West (October 2018) would draw off some of the makers from faraway places such as Japan, but Kiku Matsuda, Hiroaki Ohta, and others were right where they were in previous years.

From the sheer size of today’s “Friday crowd,” you couldn’t dismiss the Forged-in-Fire-Effect the industry has been seeing–a renewed interest in making and collecting brought forth by the popular, and sometimes maligned, tv show.

Whatever the reasons, burgeoning vendors or pop culture promotion, it was heartening to see everyone from little kids to guys in mobility scooters plying the crowded aisles.

by Wilson

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