I spent day 1 of the Blade Show following the advice of both TTAK writer Nathan and reader Terry W. and didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the Big Boys’ wares. I mostly sought out makers sitting alone who had good looking knives in front of them and sat down to speak with them. I haven’t even been to the Benchmade booth yet. It is booth#1 as you come in and it was crazy packed with people. I definitely will try to lay my hands on as many of these new blades as I can on Saturday though.
The biggest development for Benchmade is their new multi-stage refinement to the venerable Axis-lock. This year marks the 15 year anniversary for the traditional Axis-lock, and the new system will serve as a safety mechanism on many of their automatics.
For the complete Benchmark press release, CLICK HERE.
It has been a crazy day here at Blade 2014. I have learned a bunch (including a sit-down mini-interview with a competitive knife thrower), handled a ton of knives ranging from the mundane to works of art, and met some really interesting folks. I will be attending a semi-private CRKT event in the morning, and I will definitely be posting about how that goes.
Otherwise, please keep letting me know what you would like to see.