Blade Show 2014: Day 3 Wrap-up

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I have a a lot of testing to do.

Blade Show 2014 is in the books, and I am back home. I have done nothing but eat, sleep, think, and blog knives for the past 3 days. So what do I do to unwind and clear my head? I ended up throwing knives in my shop while watching TV. Only slightly ironic.

This morning I had a conversation which is a huge development for TTAK and for me personally. I was chatting with Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery about my stalled Project Kephart, when he made an earth-shattering declaration: “What you need to do is come out to take my 6-day intensive blade-smithing class“. I am not going to go into detail about the specific arrangements, but Murray would like me to write an online diary of the experience for the blog. I am blown away at the opportunity. I just keep thinking “holy crap!”. I am not quite sure it has fully sunk in yet. It will likely be in the first quarter of next year after my in-laws move down to Tennessee and I won’t be stranding my wife with the kids for 8 days while I trael to Oregon.

I ended up buying 2 more knives before I left today. The first was a little birding knife called a Fish and Fowl from Woody’s Handmade Knives of South Carolina. It is nothing fancy. Just a small 1095 steel workingman’s knife with nice curly maple scales. I look forward to coming up with tests for this unique, purpose-specific blade.

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I didn’t have a dedicated birding knife. I do now.

I also bought an Ontario Knives TAK. I had heard of Ontario, but it wasn’t until one of our readers posted a picture of his for our knife-porn contest that I learned more about their history (they have been making blades in upstate New York for the US military since the 1880s). I like knives with a pedigree behind them, and owning a piece of that history is a satisfying experience.

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Ontario Knife Company TAK. A classic knife with a pedigree.

As I was leaving the show, I got one final treat. Will Woods loaned me one of his fixed blades (the name of which escapes me) for testing. He takes pride in making some of the burliest knives at the show, and wants me to really give it a workout. I am happy to oblige.

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Will Woods loaned me one of his fixed blade knives for testing. _THIS_ should be fun.

There are a few more knives (a CRKT MK6 – previously reviewed by David, a CRKT Minimalist neck-knife, CRKT Ken Onion Halfachance machete) as well as a couple of different rust protectant products from Aegis Solutions, that I will be testing over the coming weeks.

I want to close by thanking everyone from their feedback. This was the single-most immersive knife experience I have ever had (at least until I attend Murray Carter’s knife-making school). I have a lot more knives that I had a chance to touch and photograph and I will be sharing these with you as well. I had sit downs with many of the big production knife companies and see what they debuted at the show. Posts about these will be forthcoming as well.

I am off to sleep in my own bed now. Goodnight everyone. It has been one heck of a weekend.


  1. Terry Warlock says:

    Sounds like it was really awesome!

    And the best part is, you get to finish Project Kephart AND go hang with Murray Carter! That is seriously incredible, congratulations!!!

  2. Thanks Terry, I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with Murray Carter.

    We are not the 800 lb gorilla that TTAG is, and we will likely never be, but we are making our presence known. I feel like we definitely moved the football this weekend.

  3. Sam L. says:

    GO! DO! And tell us about it (w/ pix!) when you’re returned from that class.

    1. I will most certainly do so.

      As I mentioned, it will be several months yet before I can make arrangements to go. But I wouldn’t miss the opportunity for the world.

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