It is hard to believe that it is already so late in the afternoon. Time is flying by. At least for me – sitting at a table talking about ones’ knives can get tiring for the makers I am sure. I have been on that side of the table as well at fishing shows.
I am back at the hotel for an hour to change into non-sweaty clothes and do a little blogging. Just a reminder, you can follow us at @knifetruth on Twitter for real-time updates.
I spent the morning in the Chattahoochee Natl. Recreation Area just about a mile from the convention site, gettting to demo a bunch of CRKT’s new and existing product line. I will be writing more about that later in depth, but I got my hands on some great stuff, and even have a knife to give away to a reader. Now I just need to come up with another contest.
I had the opportunity to look at all of the new knives from Benchmade, all of which seem to be every bit as well made and functional as one would expect. I was especially drawn to the new Steep Canyon, but you all already know of my bias towards bushcraft style drop-points so this shouldn’t surprise anyone. However the 5400 Serum automatic with their new Axis dual-action is a frontrunner in my auto-knife audition. I have lots to write about all of the new Benchmade’s and will do so in a later post. I will say that I am impressed by the new system, and it works as described.
Per Nathan’s request, I sought out Ramon Chaves of Chaves Knives. Really nice guy with some nice tacti-cool blades. He is debuting two new Knives at the show, the Redencion 228, which is slightly smaller than his original Redincion, as well as the Liberacion, which is bigger than either Redncion at 4.1″ in the blade. Look for a more thorough write-up in a later post.
Finally, I am happy to say that I took the plunge and bought my first knife from a custom maker. For whatever reason, the Kim Breed Model 15 just really stuck with me. Not only was it the first knife that stopped me in my tracks, the more blades I looked at throughout the show, the more that one just seemed right for me. I look forward to carrying and testing it.
The show has been a whirlwind, but I am finding a plethora of avenues to explore in future posts. More to come. Keep checking back.