Custom Knives and Blade Sports at the 28th Annual Blade Show

Blade Show & International Cutlery FairIOLA, Wis.—For collectors of cutlery as well as custom and tactical knives, the 28th Annual Blade Show at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre May 29-31, 2009, will be the world’s premier knife and cutlery event. Here, people of all ages can discover the artistry, craft and sportsmanship found in this popular and growing hobby. Sponsored by BLADE magazine, the event combines more than 160 booths and nearly 750 table top displays with Super Seminars and surprise-filled cutting competitions under one roof!

BLADE Show exhibitors include cutting edge and traditional factory-produced lines across an array of practical and tactical knives. In addition, the country’s leading custom knife makers will showcase unique handmade knives. A small group of knife embellishers will demonstrate their skill in engraving and scrimshaw. The best of the best in knives and cutlery will be honored in The BLADE Magazine 2009 Knife of the Year Awards® and BLADE Custom Knife Awards©. Plus, the nation’s top collectors will be on display to further educate attendees on the diversity and value of knives.

The BLADE Show’s free Super Seminar program demonstrates the rich history of knives and knifemaking in our culture. Dozens of demonstrations and seminars cover a wide range of entertaining topics such as Japanese sword fighting, how to throw knives and tomahawks and even how to shave with a machete! Show attendees can also learn about the craft of creating fine knives in sessions like blade grinding and bladesmithing for kids. Enjoy knife sports at the 8th Annual BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition, which pits competitors from the U.S. and one foreign country in exciting tests of cutting skill.

“You don’t have to be an avid collector to enjoy the BLADE Show,” explains show producer Eric Bradley. “Anyone with an appreciation for fine tools and how they are used will be impressed by the tremendous expertise, knowledge and artistry of our exhibitors. Many of the demonstrations are held outside in the courtyard and it’s not surprising to see two or three generations of family members cheering on the pros.”

Bradley adds, “While attendees will see just about every knife imaginable at the BLADE Show, this event is also about education. Educational sessions address important topics in the area of knife ownership as well as the historical significance of knives. For example, you get to hear the story of what knives
frontiersman John Colter would have carried in the words and voice of his descendant. There are many fascinating stories to hear.”

The BLADE Show opens on Friday, May 29 from 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 30 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 31  9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per day, $25 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 get in free with paid adult. Scouts and their leaders who attend in uniform can get in the show free of charge on Sunday May 31. Early bird admission at noon on Friday is possible for an additional $18.
Purchase BLADE Show tickets in advance and find detailed event information at E-mail Phone 877.745.9757.