Blade Show 2017

Discussion in 'Custom Knife Forum' started by Stormcrow, May 13, 2017.

  1. Stormcrow

    Stormcrow Well-Known Member

    Nothing is finished yet, but a lot in the works. I have two tables again this year, with the plan being one for forged work and one for stock removal.

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    My eye-catcher is, of course, the post-nuclear barbarian sword, with a 21" blade and 33" overall length.

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    And hopefully I'll have some stock-removal Little Roks, Benghazi Warfighters, and mini-parangs, as well as tomahawks.

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  2. Stormcrow

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    Got my mid-tech stuff powdercoated and took it to get my touchmark laser engraved this morning at JB Knife and Tool, who will be my neighbor in the San Antonio colony.

    Here's a Woodsman 'hawk getting frickin' laser beams shot at it.

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  3. Stormcrow

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    Making progress. Got a mini-meat cleaver and a pair of o-tantos ready to epoxy the wraps.

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  4. Stormcrow

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    Whole lot of wraps ready for epoxy.

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  5. Stormcrow

    Stormcrow Well-Known Member

    I finished up the post-nuclear barbarian sword, so at least I won't have an empty table. :D

    For some reason it looks shorter in photos than it seems in person. Final weight is 3.25 pounds. A little weighty, but I had no trouble working it one-handed on the whetstone.

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    Both edges shave hair.

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    24" of Kydex for a 21" blade. This is the maximum that I'm set up to comfortably handle.

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    Everything else that is forged has the wraps epoxied and sheaths molded.

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  6. Stormcrow

    Stormcrow Well-Known Member

    Finally doing a Blade Show after-report.

    It was the best knife show I've done, and it flew! I didn't get to get around to talk with more than a small handful of the folks I wanted to, and sold all but three pieces at the show. Those three were all claimed before I made it back home.

    It was the biggest Blade Show yet. The first year I was there, a large margin of empty space surrounded the tables. The year after that they pushed to the outer walls. This year they had booths in the foyer out front.

    I haven't done a show yet where I didn't end up putting the final edges on in the hotel room.

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    It was my buddy and fellow Forged in Fire champion Tobin Nieto's first time to have a table at Blade, and he, of course, made it entertaining. My loverly bride holds a glaive that he made, and he has my sword. You always need an eye-catcher on your table, and these are ours.

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    Always enjoy it when Dan Keffeler comes by. Among other things, he had a Super Assassin with him.

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    Which Tobin seemed to like.

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    This fellow bought several blades from me, including the Ludicrously Oversized Bowie.

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    Got to meet Ryu Lim, fellow Forged in Fire champion.

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    Jason Knight was a contestant on the unaired pilot episode of Forged in Fire. He won with this Damascus gladius. He did all right. :D

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    Mardi Meshsejian (another FiF contestant) made a katzbalger that was undoubtedly prettier than the one I built for the show. Mine was lighter, though; there's a full pound of sterling silver in the guard! Gorgeous work with a stainless san mai blade, anodized titanium handle, sterling guard, and fossilized walrus ivory pommel.

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    He also had this gorgeous o-tanto with stainless san mai blade and fossilized walrus ivory handle.

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    Tobin was as enthralled with RMJ Tactical's official rendition of the Frank Frazetta Deal Dealer ax as I was last year.

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    There was a small disagreement that was amicably settled.

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    Luke Swenson liked Tobin's glaive in spite of it not being a slipjoint. :D

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    My brother-in-law talking with Tracker Dan. An interesting study in contrasts.

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    Ed Calderon, the Taco Ninja, poses with some $5 foam nunchucks someone sold my nephew. Tobin's wife and daughter are in the background, oblivious that they are being posted across forums and social media.

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    Don Carlos Andrade, who makes beautiful culinary cutlery, and Joe Flowers, who designs for Condor Tool and Knife.

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    This bolo, o-tanto, and sword were the only items that didn't sell at the show.

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    We got invited to tour RMJ Tactical's new shop in Chatanooga, TN, on the way back home. Enjoyed it a lot! Ryan made some comment about "the bellies of bladesmithing". :D

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    While my wife and I spent a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains on our way home, I shot some better pics of the unsold items. All three were bought before we got back to Texas.

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    This Sasquatch waded into the stream and grabbed the sword, but eventually wandered off.

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    In spite of the long handle on the sword, the Sasquatch's paws filled it with a two-handed grip.

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    I didn't get a good picture of my two tables at the show. I did have one of the four smaller tantos travel back with me so that I could ship it to the customer so he wouldn't have to mess with getting it back home.

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  7. Stormcrow

    Stormcrow Well-Known Member

    The Forged in Fire contestants who were at Blade Show got together for a group photo. There were a lot of us!

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  8. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Wow, what to say?...great write up and great pictures. my wife and I were there for the first time to check out this show and we had a great time. we'll be back next year. still debating on getting a table in 2018 or 19 but I got to say, that's was the show of knife shows.
     
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  9. JeremyBartlett

    JeremyBartlett Well-Known Member

    Great writeup James. This year was my first time at the show and since I didn't have a table I got to walk around and talk to everyone that I wanted to talk to, you and Tobin included. I'm still debating getting a table next year. Yes it would be great to get some exposure and sell some of my stuff, but then again, it would cut into my time that I could be talking shop with other makers and learning as much as I can!
     

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