Annual Knife Shows
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!
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, knifemakers, 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.
November 1-3, 2019. (October last year.) Other than the name, what sets BLADE Show West apart from BLADE Show? They’re both dedicated to knifemaking, 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.
Preparations have begun for next year’s 42nd SHOT Show, which is slated for 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.
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 reservation 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 22-23, 2019, 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.
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, knifemaking supplies and anything that goes “cut.”
Check it out here for all the information.
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.
In August, 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.
On hiatus for 2019, the ICCE show returns in April 2020. It’s a 2-day joint effort between the Knifemakers Guild & American Bladesmith Society, Inc. Handcrafted knives made by traditional methods like forging are at the focus. It takes place in Ft. Worth, TX.
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