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Ankrom Exotics
09-26-2009, 12:43 AM
Just wondering if anyone here has done (or attended) this show. I'm looking for a few more shows to put on my calendar and this one looks like it has potential.

It's supposed to be the largest gun show in the world but how many knifemakers display there? Is there a decent customer base for a supplier?

It's only a tank of gas away and the tables are reasonably priced but in this economy a little research is warranted.

Any comments regarding this show would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ryan Minchew
09-26-2009, 06:33 AM
I set up their for the first time in Feb. I will also set up again this November. Several of oklahoma guys were set up there, some are on this forum so maybe they will chime in. I sold knives and the two other knifemakers I sat with all sold knives. None of the others I talked to had any complaints. I think there are so many people that run through there, that you'll find a customer. I was selling hunting knives in the 2 to 300 range and a friend behind me was selling very high end knives and not having any problems selling. All this and the fact I like guns makes it a show I like.

Bill Coye
09-26-2009, 07:05 AM
It's difficult to describe. I've never seen anything like it before.

Many knifemakers and knifemaking suppliers there.

Last I heard, it was difficult to even get a table.

BC

Les Voorhies
09-26-2009, 07:20 AM
Well I'm looking for an excuse to come down and meet Bill, I think I'll look into doing the April 20010 show. I was just looking through the pictures on the gun shows site and it looks like a good time. If there's a few more here on this fourm we could have our first meet & greet :D

Bill Coye
09-26-2009, 07:42 AM
Two sub-forum forum members STR and SDS are in OK. jawilliams90210 is up the road in Joplin MO. Mike Miller and 45warrior are less than an hour away.

Plus a bunch of guys in Arkansas and Kansas.

I know there are more folks in the area I do not know yet.

:)


2thumbs

yea!

Ankrom Exotics
09-26-2009, 08:22 AM
Looks like I missed my opportunity to get a table for the November show. There are no longer any left.

Looks like I'll have to try to reserve one for the April show.

Bill Coye
09-26-2009, 08:34 AM
I will gladly take on host responsibilities if an April 2010 "meet and greet" becomes a reality: airport shuttle, maybe a little shop demo here at my home by some more experienced makers (hint hint). It's not a big town so navigation and travel time anywhere is easy.

There is a Microtel accross the parking lot from the main entrance.

I live 3.5 miles from the Quick Trip Center where the show is held.

I'm in.

BC

JAWilliams
09-26-2009, 01:53 PM
Bill sounds like a great idea! Maybe some of us could go in halves on some tables to help each other. This might help with money situation for some. Then we could get more dogs there. Just a thought.

mike miller
09-26-2009, 03:30 PM
I can tell you that the show is close to 4100 tables no matter what he publishes. The first eight rows from the dropoff is where most of the knifemakers are concentrated. I have a table at row6 section c table 8. You can expect on a good day over 10,000 people thru the door. Sales were good this spring despite everyone carrying off all the ammo they could get. First time I EVER saw a guy with a grocery shopping cart going down the aisle. It actually starts on Friday at 1 pm when tables are able to be set up. He has sent out a nasty notice this time that you cannot leave before 4 PM on Sunday or you will possibly loose your table for the next round. There have even been chartered buses from Minnesota and Wisconsin come down for the two day affair. The only thing I REALLY don't like about the show was that Texas Knifemakers Supply did notcome this spring and I FINALLY found Jantz set up on the sloped ramp going down to the lower level. It is 11 acres under one roof so if you come to see wear good shoes and expect a fast 6 hours just to walk through the tables.

jmforge
09-27-2009, 08:09 PM
I looked at their website and the one thing that struck me was how cheap tables were compared to big knife shows. You wouldn't have to sell much to make back your show fee.

Ryan Minchew
09-27-2009, 08:15 PM
I looked at their website and the one thing that struck me was how cheap tables were compared to big knife shows. You wouldn't have to sell much to make back your show fee.

I agree, plus it's fairly close to home, so gas isn't as big of a deal as the bigger knife shows.

If ya'll do any sort of hammerin get together I'd like to join ya'll.

Les George
09-27-2009, 08:18 PM
I am starting to want to hit this show now.....

Bill Coye
09-27-2009, 08:34 PM
I am starting to want to hit this show now.....

Now we're talkin'...

T.A. DAVISON
09-27-2009, 08:53 PM
I have done the show a couple times, was selling slip joints.

Did not do that great, fixed blade - hunting knives probably do a lot better.
And tactical.

It is a huge show with people, a lot of them have been going there for years and still have not seen a custom knife.:eek:
You will not see it all in one weekend, just to much stuff there.

Good show, be careful someone usually gets shot once a year.....:mad:unsure

TA



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Les George
09-27-2009, 08:57 PM
LOL..... I have come to far in life to get shot in Oklahoma!

mike miller
09-27-2009, 09:02 PM
now Todd they only shoot the ones from Kansas or Arkansas. yes two people have been shot due to idiots( actually dealers who didn't check chambers). But none in the last two years. They have been super cautious about tie banding hammers and actions.

T.A. DAVISON
09-27-2009, 09:03 PM
Les,

The place is full of guns, and well you know some folks don't have any business mess'n with them. But?????/ :rolleyes:

A lot of them appreciate a good knife, but they will spend most their cash on guns at that time..... :mad:

And like I said, make a good hunter, skinner price it right - your good to go!

And it is good show to see, even if ya not selling.

Todd



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Bill Coye
09-27-2009, 09:04 PM
I have done the show a couple times, was selling slip joints.

Did not do that great, fixed blade - hunting knives probably do a lot better.
And tactical.

It is a huge show with people, a lot of them have been going there for years and still have not seen a custom knife.:eek:
You will not see it all in one weekend, just to much stuff there.

Good show, be careful someone usually gets shot once a year.....:mad:unsure

TA



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I remember a firearm being discharged last year at a gun show here in Tulsa. I do not remember someone actually being shot.

Did I miss it?

BC

T.A. DAVISON
09-27-2009, 09:06 PM
now Todd they only shoot the ones from Kansas or Arkansas. yes two people have been shot due to idiots( actually dealers who didn't check chambers). But none in the last two years. They have been super cautious about tie banding hammers and actions.

You are right Mike, just saying...... becareful...... :rolleyes:

It IS A VERY GOOD SHOW! You all need to see it at least once. 2thumbs

Todd



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Bill Coye
09-27-2009, 09:07 PM
now Todd they only shoot the ones from Kansas or Arkansas.

Mike, how 'bout that bunch from south of the Red River?

:p

Les George
09-27-2009, 09:11 PM
now Todd they only shoot the ones from Kansas or Arkansas.


Hey I am from Kansas! oops

T.A. DAVISON
09-27-2009, 09:14 PM
now Todd they only shoot the ones from Kansas or Arkansas. yes two people have been shot due to idiots( actually dealers who didn't check chambers). But none in the last two years. They have been super cautious about tie banding hammers and actions.


Mike, how 'bout that bunch from south of the Red River?

:p

I just want everyone here to know that when I refer to (them) I'm not talking just about folks from Oklahoma.
You go this show and there are probably someone from every state and nine counrties....... unsure

So when I say "them" well you will see when you go.
And wear good shoes.

Todd



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mike miller
09-27-2009, 09:16 PM
The only one I knew personally was Keith Murr from Arkansas. One dealer shot a pistol and hit the floor then hit Keith in the ankle. That was over 10 years ago. Todd is right when you have that many people together stupid things happen. Again they have tried to be safety concious as they can. if you try to take firearms into it you will have a wait while they tie it up. Les we will not hold that against you!!

Ryan Minchew
09-27-2009, 09:21 PM
I agree, if you have any interest in the outdoors/hunting you outta go if it's with a reasonable distance. Just a sight to see.

Bill Coye
09-27-2009, 09:22 PM
Looking forward to seeing everyone there in November and April 2010.

It's Meet and Greet time gentlemen.

Good stuff!

BC

Ryan Minchew
09-27-2009, 09:29 PM
Looking forward to seeing everyone there in November and April 2010.

It's Meet and Greet time gentlemen.

Good stuff!

BC

Heck I'll be nice enough to let everyone buy me a beer. :D
Looking forward to it guys.

Les George
09-27-2009, 09:42 PM
Les we will not hold that against you!!

You can't blame a guy for being born there, I left as soon as I could after all..... :D

Ankrom Exotics
09-27-2009, 09:54 PM
Looks like it might be worth trying to get a table at the April show. Thanks for all the input.

Oh, by the way..... just wondering if us non-maker types are welcome to join in the beer drinking festivities with those of you that actually have some talent.

Les George
09-28-2009, 05:24 AM
Of course! :)

mike miller
09-28-2009, 06:01 AM
I can get Todd there is 3 hours by just telling him the mammoth ivory lady is there. Not only for the ivory but the pretty lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Coye
10-08-2009, 08:31 PM
Thanks to Mr. Mike Miller I was able to secure a table at the November show.

This is gonna be fun. I'll be the guy with 1.5 knives on the table....you won't be able to miss me.

Thanks again Mike!

BC

Les George
10-08-2009, 08:59 PM
Thanks to Mr. Mike Miller I was able to secure a table at the November show.

This is gonna be fun. I'll be the guy with 17 knives on the table....you won't be able to miss me.

Thanks again Mike!

BC

your numbers where all messed up, so I fixed it! ;)

Now ya gotta get to work! :running dog:

Bill Coye
10-08-2009, 09:11 PM
your numbers where all messed up, so I fixed it! ;)

Now ya gotta get to work! :running dog:

Thanks Les...no pressure or anything. :)

GLWJ just mailed 30 Alpha Echo blanks. That should get me started!

p.s. Les #1 & #2 front and center April 2010.

Les George
10-08-2009, 09:20 PM
time will tell....

JAWilliams
10-08-2009, 10:14 PM
When is it in November and where do you go for info? :bud:

T.A. DAVISON
10-08-2009, 10:53 PM
When is it in November and where do you go for info? :bud:

Try this??

http://www.tulsaarmsshow.com/home.html


Todd


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Bill Coye
10-17-2009, 10:34 PM
This is going to be a good time folks!

For the folks that are going, I'll be at table C-6 so please swing by and say Hello.

Here's a better link http://www.tulsaarmsshow.com/frames.html

BC

mike miller
10-18-2009, 07:48 AM
Bill to help you it is 6-C-6 Row 6 on top section C then table 6 on S.E. corner I'm backing you up at 6-C-8 on the other aisle