It is hard to believe that it has been just a few hours more than a week since I returned home from BLADE Show. David was still on the road home to Maryland a week ago at the time of this writing. It was, as always, an incredible weekend. For all of our coverage of BLADE 2016 click here.
This was my third BLADE Show, and David’s second. I feel like we went in with a good plan this year and executed it well. Anchoring our show this year was recruiting makers for the “5 from the Grinder” series. We also wanted to solidify our contacts among the larger manufacturers. I feel like we did a good job of both, as well as bringing you a good narrative of our show experience.
That said, covering the show is a little like trying to drink from a firehose. No matter how well we might have covered the show, there are others who saw things we missed, or brought a different POV to knives and makers that we did cover. Here is some of the “Best of the Rest”.
Without a doubt, the best “one-stop-shop” for all things BLADE Show 2016 resides at KnifeNews.com. Due to a last minute snafu, they were unable to attend in person, but instead they made the most of the situation and created a “clearing-house” feed of the show. They compiled coverage from many sources, including several TTAK posts and pictures. They also managed to pull together social media posts from the makers themselves, with a series of posts that almost seem like “booth-visits”, even though they were not on the floor themselves.
Soldier Systems Daily has produced great BLADE Show coverage for several years running now. They don’t post much at the show itself, rather revisit their notes and publish posts on a running basis in the weeks following the show.
Guns America had at least one reporter at the show, and has published a great series of “booth-visits“. They focused mainly on individual knives, giving greater depth to a smaller slice of products. The writing is well done, and their photography is great as well.
WoodsMonkey, a gear review and outdoor blog was purchased last year by LT Wright, but has maintained their broader focus on all things gear and outdoors. They didn’t post anything textual of note that I have been able to find, but they posted a ton of pictures.
Sporting Classics Daily only put out a recap post, but it was really well done. I like their stuff as a general rule, so I figured I would share this one with you.
Finally, it is BLADE Magazine’s show, so it is only fitting to include their blog post about the 35th BLADE Show breaking previous attendance records.
I still need to pull together a “Best of the Rest: Video Edition” post. There are a ton of YouTube Bloggers who have put out material from the show, and I am still trying to sort the wheat from the chaff. David and I also still have to pull together “final thoughts” posts. Stay tuned, they are coming. There is always a ton of material to cover when we get back from the show, and as we saw last night with the Orlando night-club attack, the news doesn’t stop just because we have a pile of knives in front of us.
Thank you all for commenting and participating in our BLADE Show coverage this year. Please let us know what we can do to make next year even better.