In my post-show research, one thing I have noticed is the lack of “on the floor reporting” from the Blade Show. It makes me all the happier that TTAK was able to be there. It was a tremendous experience for me personally, and feel like we really advanced the football in growing the blog. I did find one outstanding example though, from photographer John B. Holbrook II on his blog Thrumylens.org.
What I really like about John’s reporting is the narrative flow (the photography is much better than mine as well). He only made two posts, one each on Friday and Saturday so there is a very different feel than the more “update” style I used in my coverage. And he covered more of the “what it was like to be there” as well. Many more shots of the venue, his dinner, and some really nice knife pictures.
I think you will enjoy his blog. He is a shooting, knife, and golf enthusiast. While at Blade he covered many makers I did not, and what clicked with his eye differs from mine so by visiting you can see many more knives and different styles.
One thing I found interesting and comforting is that he complained about the photographic conditions on the show floor. I had been finding the lighting maddening myself, especially for those commercial dealers who brought lighted display cases. Nothing like photographing dark objects that are simultaneously back-lit. And I was just using my iPhone. He has training and good equipment and struggled. I don’t feel so bad now.
Let me know what you think. I hope that it compliments my blogging and enriches your understanding of the Blade Show experience.
Editors note: I have been corresponding with John and the copyrighted pictures are used with permission.