I arrived in Atlanta about noon and headed straight to the show floor. Wow. The Blade Show is definitely overwhelming the first time you enter. Instead of focusing on any maker or knife off the bat, I figured it would be best to walk around a bit and simply try to take it all in.
I stuck to this plan for about 10 minutes before I caught sight of a knife that made me stop in my tracks. Nothing too crazy, just an elegant mid-sized fixed blade by a maker with whom I was unfamiliar.
I will write more about Kim and his knives later. He specializes in small to mid-sized knives that are both elegant and highly functional. For true custom work he incorporates such exotic handle materials as mammoth ivory. Truly beautiful, but the Model 15, with its shape reminiscent of a small Kephart knife that caught my eye more than the true art pieces.
I had the chance to meet Will Woods, TTAK’s knifemaker in residence and he assures me he will be back to writing a post or two after he unwinds from the show. His knives are really impressive, both in their size and craftsmanship. It takes about 20 hours to make one Titan 2, hence the pricetag, but if I ever wanted a folder the size of a newborn baby, I know which one I want. I have also been playing with throwing knives lately, and Will has a prototype of one of those he will be adding to his line of work.
I stopped by CRKT for the first of what I am sure will be plenty of visits (including a private event tomorrow). I had the chance to see the Ken Onion Hi Jinx in person. It is every bit as classy and cool as the pictures I had seen. The mechanism opens like butter, the knife feels wonderful in the hand, and is a great toehold for CRKT in the higher-end market. Well done.
Finally, if you are a Twitter person, please follow us at @knifetruth. I have been, and will be posting pictures more or less constantly when I am on the floor. Thanks, and please give me any questions or requests in the comments below. I want to be your eyes here in Atlanta, and show you what it is you want to see.