Blade Show Atlanta

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by dgaddis, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. dgaddis


    Dec 26, 2018
    I'm pretty interested in knives (I'm here, right?), but my father in law is a total knife nut, so I'm taking him to the Blade Show in Atlanta in June.

    Never been. What's it like? Good deals on stuff? I'd like to pick up a KME sharpener if there's some good deals...
  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Get a map of the floor, check off what booths you want to visit first, bring lots of cash, have fun. Stay for the party in the pit afterwards...:thumbsup:
  3. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Blade isn't so much about "deals" if you're looking to score something cheap; it's about stuff you'll never see anywhere except in a magazine. Go, it's great. Be advised it may be your only chance to see, or maybe own, something special.

    If you want to save $10 on a sharpener shop Amazon. If you want to own a Ron Lake folder without waiting 10 years take $10,000 and hope you get lucky.
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  4. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    Blade Show for me was getting to handle just about every knife there is on the market, opportunities to purchase direct from makers with long waiting list, & meeting makers and other knife nuts.
  5. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I wish I could go, but it's not in the cards. Maybe next year. Hopefully I'll be healthy enough for a solo trip by then.
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  6. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    You will resemble a one eyed dog in a meat locker. Sensory overload all the way.
  7. mobilerd


    Jan 10, 2012
    Friday is the best day to me. Bucket list event for any knife enthusiast.
  8. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    Agree with the above. Blade is about seeing everything and meeting people. Deals not so much... But totally worth it.
  9. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    I will do this one eventually.
  10. rabbivj

    rabbivj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    ill prolly go, seeing the fact is only about 20 mins away from me.
  11. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Maybe next year, we can arrange some kind of meet and greet.
  12. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    Look up tables you wanna go too first.
    Then hit those first.
    Step 1. Take a deep breath
    Step 2. Enter blade show
    Step 3. Embrace the insanity. Its sensory overload the first few times.
    Step 4. Have fun

    Check out the pit at night!!! Tons of people showing their knives and hanging out in that area of the hotel. You will undoubtedly make friends.
    You might even run into me!
  13. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Shhhh, we aren't trying to scare him off! :p
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  14. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Mostly custom stuff in this video but will give you a feel of the show

    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
  15. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    Hahha I'm not that scary.
    My accomplices might be though!
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  16. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Hey now...accomplices makes it sound like we're up to no good :p
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  17. bobobama


    Jan 15, 2017
    I'll be the contrarian here. I've gone to a number of local shows here in the Midwest, and find them manageable but you can suffer sensory overload pretty quickly if you're not careful. And these are smaller shows. I can imagine how overwhelming the Blade show can be.

    But it's not for me. I can see the benefit of meeting the other knife nuts, friends, and other forum members, and getting to handle all the latest and greatest from the various makers and vendors, but as was mentioned, you're probably not going to find any deals, or at least they'll be few and far between. That, and the mass of people you'll be confronted with, finding a place to stay and later park at the show, not to mention the crappy Atlanta traffic, I'm just not sure it's worth it. I can buy just about anything, and eventually even stuff from the show, on-line at my own leisure.

    So yes I know I'm probably missing something, but then I've never been to Disney world either and somehow managed to survive. And for those who'll probably say it, if I don't like it, don't go. And I wont.
  18. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    Are we ever up to any good?
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  19. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    Growing up as a nerd/geek I have been to other conventions for geek related things and to me for the most part Blade Show isn't much different. Id say the main noticeable difference is people at Blade Show do seem to know what a shower and deodorant are.
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  20. HCrum87hc

    HCrum87hc Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Last year KME ran a 20% off sale, which I'm hoping will be the case again this year. I'd like to pick a set up as well. However, the biggest draw of Blade Show isn't discounts or sales, but, it's the chance to snag a piece from your favorite custom makers whose books are closed and very hard to get on along with meeting makers and other enthusiasts. It's also great to be able to handle so many different styles and types of knives. This will be my third year there, and I'm very much looking forward to it. It's become an annual trip my dad and I make, which also makes it special. As others have said, the first time will very much give you sensory overload. If you're staying overnight, try to get a room within walking distance.

    Definitely go over the exhibitor list and map. If there's something specific you want, make sure you head there first to snag it ASAP.

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