The Knives of SHOT Show 2017

(photo via TTAG)

I will proudly put our BLADE Show coverage up against anyone’s, and I am confident that we will come out ahead. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about SHOT Show. Fact is, we aren’t there. TTAG has a full media contingent, but they are there to cover the guns. It is the Mothership’s biggest week of the year. I know that Dan and Robert are networking for us, and hopefully we can leverage some of those contacts into some future content.

It is a shame, but BLADE Show is changing. We first made note of it when Gerber stopped coming to BLADE, putting all of their eggs in the SHOT basket instead. This past year saw more defections, with companies such as Cold Steel, SOG and Leatherman all pulling out of the show. In five years, I can easily imagine BLADE becoming more of a Custom maker show, with a significantly diminished large-manufacturer presence.

David has put out a couple of nice pieces that are shot related, but as much as I hate to say it, if you want comprehensive SHOT Show knife coverage you are going to need to look elsewhere. I have compiled several outlets below the jump.

On the text blogging side, I have to say Knifenews takes the prize for the most thorough, from the floor knife-reporting. They gave our coverage a wonderful plug during last year’s BLADE Show, so we are are giving credit where it is due and returning the favor. You can check out their 2017 running-feed here.

Honorable mentions go to KnifeBlog (Blade HQ)  and to ITS Tactical which has run a lot of knife content as well.

On the photo-side, Woodsmonkey’s Instagram Feed is one of the better sources to get your SHOT Show knife-porn fix, as well as a healthy dose of guns and gear as well.

Finally, on the video side there are a plethora of YouTube Channels to choose from. Some of the ones I have been following this week are BladeHQ, BudgetBugout, GoingGear, and 2brothersadventures.


We will continue to pass along the best of what we are finding, and hopefully we can convince the bosses to bring us along next year. Have a great day folks.


  1. cmeat says:

    gerber, cold steel, sog and leatherman lend resources and credence to that venue, but when i attend i won’t miss nay but leatherman.

    1. When you attend, you’d better let me know. I’d like to meet cmeat

      1. cmeat says:

        you’ll be second to know.

        1. I’ll buy you a beverage of your choice.

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