Annual Knife Shows – 2020 Dates
These shows take place each year and are the most well-known of the bunch. Be sure to get your tickets and make reservations early!
Have a knife show you want us to know about? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (NEW address as of 2/3/2020!). Include a link to your web info and we’ll add it to our calendar!
JUNE 5-7, 2020. Hosted in Atlanta, Georgia in May or June every year, the BLADE Show truly is the World’s Largest Knife Show. It features the most diverse array of knives from manufacturers, knife makers, collectors, dealers and purveyors, all under one roof. The BLADE Show plays host to the Blade Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards, the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame© induction ceremony, seminars, demonstrations and much more.
Visit BladeShow.com for tickets, travel information, exhibitor registration and sponsorship opportunities.
OCTOBER 2-4, 2020. (November last year.) Other than the name, what sets BLADE Show West apart from BLADE Show? They’re both dedicated to knife making, knife collecting and appreciating the rich tradition of knives, but there are a few things that set them apart:
BLADE Show West is hosted in Portland, OR, and you’ll find plenty of EDC gear on exhibit, plus expect new awards, laid-back programming, roundtables, and no sales tax. Visit BladeShowWest.com for more information.
JANUARY 21-24, 2020. SHOT stands for Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade. The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, a trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
Admission at the SHOT Show is restricted to the shooting, hunting, and outdoor trade and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services only. The show is not open to the public, and no one under age 16 is admitted (including infants). Visit ShotShow.org for all the details.
FEBRUARY 15, 2020. The Tactical Knife Invitational has moved to Nashville, TN (Jan/Feb) and is a great place for high-end collectors to score limited custom knives. It’s closed to the public and admission is granted through advanced reservations only. The number of passes sold is limited to 250. Almost all knives at the TKI are sold by drawing, with a limited number of knives sold by bid-up. There are no knives directly for sale.
Go to the website for information and reservations.
NOVEMBER 20-21, 2020. Jersey City, NJ. This mid-range show is moving from a custom maker/collector show and incorporating more production makers.
Visit this link for details.
APRIL 18-19, 2020. (Members only day on April 17th.) A big knife show in April for the traditionalists. On display and for sale: knives, swords, razors, cutlery, blades, tools, bayonets, scissors, hat pins, pocket knives, kitchen knives, old knives, new knives, custom knives, straight knives, stone knives, knife making supplies and anything that goes “cut.”
Check it out here for all the information.
MAY 2-3, 2020. An annual 2-day show in Mystic, CT in April with awards and high-profile exhibitors. Held for close to 40 years. The NCCA also holds several other one-day shows throughout the year in other locations.
Visit the website for all the dates.
Sept. 3-5, 2020 In Sept. (Aug. last year), this yearly meetup of the Usual Suspects Network forum members hosts the “biggest little show” of the year and describes it as “Traders’ Cove coming to life.” “The Gathering is set up in intimate quads, where a novice and two established makers or suppliers will join a major maker. A circular traffic flow guarantees that you won’t miss anyone, and makes it easy to relocate them as well.”
If you know about the forums, you probably already know about this event, but click here for the information.
APRIL 3-4, 2020. It’s a 2-day joint effort between the Knife makers Guild & American Bladesmith Society, Inc. Handcrafted knives made by traditional methods like forging are at the focus. It takes place in Ft. Worth, TX.
Damasteel Chef Invitational is the first Chef knife focused gathering arranged to connect world-class craftsmen to the chefs and collectors that use these beautiful tools. Custom-made culinary knives of stainless Damascus patterned steel are made by some of the most talented craftsmen from around the world. The show attracts knife collectors and knife makers, as well as people from the restaurant industry. Meet the master craftsmen, buy limited edition Damasteel culinary knives, and have the chance to win one!
NOTE: The May 18th show is an online event because of social distancing. The silver lining is that anyone anywhere can go. The August 29 event is a traditional live event in San Francisco, CA.
May 18th, 2020. 12 pm to 4 pm, VIP hour: 12 pm to 1 pm. Central time.
Learn cutting and sharpening skills from a professional chef. Watch master knife makers from all over compete for best culinary knife in seven categories.
Go here to learn more about this first-of-its-kind virtual event.
August 29th, 2020. 12pm to 6pm, San Franciso, CA. Details here.
Have a knife show you want us to know about? Email us at email@example.com (NEW address as of 2/3/2020!) include a link to your web info and we’ll add it to our Knife Shows page!