I took a few pictures of the Blade Show West so that those of you that were not there could see a little bit of it. I have never been to the Atlanta Blade Show, I understand it is incredibly crowded and a lot larger than this first show here in Portland. Nevertheless, I am really pleased to see them bring a Blade Show out to the Pacific Northwest which at this point in time is where the majority of the American Cutlery Industry is located.
First, let me apologize for the pictures! The lighting was horrid for taking pictures and all I had was my cell phone to take pictures with. Hopefully you can get the general idea.
I only went to the show on Friday and I apparently beat the crowd. I got there early and the first place I went was to the table of Mitchell Harrison (tune fink on AAPK) and looked at some of his impressive selection of Randall knives. I tried not to drool on them. You can see from the lighting reflection on these cases that taking pictures was not easy.
The next place I went was to Culpepper's booth to get some bone handle material. I was installing handles on a knife the day before the show and broke a chip out of one handle. I called Culpepper to see about getting some replacement handles and they told me Christy Culpepper was at the show and she had the pattern that I needed, amber bone with RV jigging.
While I was there I got a couple pictures for all you knife mechanics. Don't you wish you had this kind of a selection to choose from in your shop?
I also went to visit the folks at Fine Turnage Productions just to drool on some of their ivory. I thought I got some pictures of their table of mammoth teeth but apparently I didn't.
I also stopped to see Dave, the Kershaw Guy to buy another Kershaw Leek with the partially serrated blade. Lately I find that almost always have a Leek in my pocket. Those Onions do get around, (a joke for the Kershaw aficionados). The fellow behind the counter is not Dave but a friend of mine named Win Knight. Win and Dave are both OKCA members (Oregon Knife Collectors Association) and Win was also a Marine.
I had to stop and see some other friends of mine Sally and Gene Martin, both of whom also served in the Marine Corps as well. Sally makes mosaic pens and Gene makes knives and also makes blanks for people. I have known Sally and Gene for many years as we have tables near one another at the OKCA show. I'm bought a nice ATS 34 blank from Gene that I'm going to finish up for myself.
I spent a bit of time at the Benchmade booth fondling some of their new wares. I definitely added to my list a new Benchmade Proper.
I would have bought one at the show but Benchmade didn't have them there to sell, they were supposed to be at the SMKW booth, but the folks at SMKW didn't seem to know where they were, or know anything about them. I really like the sheepfoot version of the Proper, it's very close to a Wharncliffe and with S30V steel! Both handles are nice, but I think I like the red G10 just a little bit better for the grip. I think I'm going to have to take a road trip up to Oregon City soon.
https://www.benchmade.com/catalogsearch ... /?q=proper
I also found out another great fact about Benchmade: they give a veterans discount of 30% if you buy at their store in Oregon city or from their online store! know the owner of Benchmade, Les De Asis is very pro-veteran. I also know they like to hire veterans. When I worked for the State of Oregon doing job development with disabled veterans myself and another veterans representative met with Les and he introduced us to his personnel people. We did get at least one job placement with them. This was many years ago, just prior to their move to Oregon city. It's nice to see such a pro-veteran company and to see them doing so well!
If you haven't seen the new Proper check it out, you just might find you really like it.