Well, day 1 is in the books and I am whooped. It was like a wonderful cacophony of bright and shininess. I got my hands on so many incredible blades, and I can’t wait to post them for you.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I largely stayed away from the big producers. I can see their stuff at Smoky Mountain Knife Works back home. But there is probably no better opportunity in the world to see work by so many small and talented makers in one place than at the Blade Show.
Here are just a couple more for now. There will be plenty to come.
Titanium-scaled folders are all the rage at the moment. There are new ones from CRKT and others, but I really do like the Rude Boy by Chuck Gedraitis. It is small and lightweight, with elegant lines and a CPM154 blade. The downside? A $600 price tag. But this seems in line with what I have been seeing at the show for knives of this size and quality.
The second knife is deceptively cool. It is made by Jim Krause and not only is it beautiful to look at, but it also is automatic. Unlike the OTFs and button-release automatics I have seen, this one releases (and unlocks to close) by sliding the bolster.
So day 1 is a wrap. It has been an education to say the least.
What do you, our Edged Intelligentsia, want to see from Day 2?
As I mentioned before, I am going to spend some time with the guys from CRKT, I plan to look at the new Benchmades, interview more small custom makers, and hopefully figure out which automatic to get. (after July 1 of course).