Short, long, thick, thin—and we’re not talking about the wide variety of knives at BLADE Show. No, we’re talking about facial hair that made men nod and women blush. The beards of BLADE Show impressed all! This collection is only a small representation of what we saw at the show. We don’t care about the ebbs and flows of fashion or laboratory tests on what’s found in beards, which frankly only tell us that bearded men live life to the full extent of their whiskers! Here at BLADE, we only hope the tradition continues.
The beards of BLADE Show impressed all. This example of a full beard is combined with longer hair for a decidedly not-hipster, backwoodsy look.
Another Bandholz, only this one with shorter hair, could be seen at the Chris Reeve Knives booth. We also liked the hat adornment. We guess BLADE Show had something to do with knives, but back to beards…
Lou Goodman of Abraham & Moses Survival Equipment sports a neat Van Dyke, which is any mustache-beard combo but with cheeks clean-shaven.
We liked the gradations of red in this full beard on Larry Roberts, “Alone” Season 2’s runner-up.
Ever see a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert? We found this full beard-long hair combination, if we remember correctly, at Zombie Tools.
These old-school gentlemen at Al Mar offered two styles of white whiskers and we loved them both!
At Rustick Knives we found the warrior tradition expressed in a samurai-esk ponytail and full beard on the owner of Harp Leather.
Dave Wenger, owner of Wenger Blades in Hudsonville, Michigan, rolled with a Hollywoodian, which from what we can figure is a trailback that meets up with sideburns. Who cares what they call it; we like it!
Dan “Jake” Jaquay of KME Sharpeners chilled out on Sunday at BLADE Show with his flame-red chin tresses.
Our photographer went back more than once to try to capture the wildness at White River Knife and Tool, but could never seem to catch Matt C. and Alan N. at the same time. Fortunately, they caught wind of our mission and sent this along. Double-YES!
Officially a Van Dyke, the goatee on this show attendee is going as far as it wants.
Eli Gautreaux of Jerry Hossom Knives checked out the Knife of the Year Award entries in the lobby.
A show-goer seems to be having a good time while we admire his Hollywoodian done to full length.
We found that bearded men tended to have bearded friends, so we often got twofers!
A barback at Key Bar caresses the whiskers.
These two show-goers worked the man buns, ear stretcher and shades.
As much as we tried to capture bearded men unaware, they often knew they were being watched.
This lucky winner at the Ernest Emerson Custom Knives Lottery almost looks like he is starting a French fork-style of beard. Ernie looked as debonaire as always.
Ken Hunt of Attleboro Knives in Idaho sports a salt and pepper Van Dyke.
Another lucky winner at the Emerson Knives Lottery, Sevag Tankian, rocks a distinctive full beard.
Stephan Fowler of Fowler Blades paired his full beard with a tactikilt one day, but, well, that’s a story for another BLADE Show.
This luxurious white Van Dyke was worn well by a gentleman attending the Emerson Custom Knives Lottery on Saturday.
We always enjoy talking with new knifemakers…oh, and look, a beard. We hope to see this knifemaker back again next year, along with many others. Like and Follow “Erin at BLADE” on Facebook for guidance on how to get your knife into BLADE Magazine.
A righteous beard! If a knife doesn’t catch your eye at BLADE Show, we’re thinking a beard or two might.
Be sure to plan for BLADE Show 2018 starting now. You know there will be plenty of knives, and if there’s ever an exhibition of beards, this is the place!
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