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BLADE Show 2017 and BLADE University

BLADE Show 2018 will host the 5th BLADE University with instruction from such teaching pros as ABS master smith Timothy Potier (right), here giving a few tips to budding knifemaker Zander Nichols.

BLADE Show art knife award

David Broadwell won Best Art Knife at BLADE Show 2017 for The Wanderer. (Ward image)

BLADE Show Knife Of The Year

The BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards will be named at BLADE Show 2018. The BLADE Magazine 2017 American-Made Knife Of The Year is the Kranos by Spartan Blades. (Ward image)

BLADE Show 2017 cutting competition

BLADE Show 2017 hosted the Men’s and Women’s World Champtionship Cutting Competition. Nicole Worden shows her championship form in winning the Women’s Title for the second consecutive year.

BLADE Show 2018 will return to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1-3 for the 37th annual rendition of what has become the seminal event in the world of knives. More exhibitors and patrons attend the BLADE Show than any other knife event. Every continent in the world with the possible exception of Antarctica will be represented. Custom and factory knives in all categories—tactical, kitchen, EDC, art, utility, combat, commemorative, antique, bowies, hunters, skinners, daggers, camp knives, assisted openers, flippers, balisongs, neck knives, folders, multi-tools, swords, tomahawks, sharpeners, knifemaking equipment, displays—if it cuts, BLADE Show 2018 will have it.

BLADE Show 2018 will be many events within the event. The most comprehensive array of classes on how to make, use, appraise, collect, sharpen and otherwise do most everything concerning knives will be presented in the 5th Annual BLADE University held the day prior to the show and show Friday and Saturday. Free demos including a balisong-flipping competition, the BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition coordinated by BladeSports International, on the use of swords, knife and tomahawk throwing, what to look for in custom knives and many more will be offered show Saturday and Sunday. The annual meeting of the American Bladesmith Society, a special knife collection

BLADE Show 2017 balisong flipping competition

BLADE Show 2018 will welcome back the balisong-flipping competition.

display area, voting for the BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year® awards, inductions into the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame©, silent knife auctions, knife lotteries and many more functions will be part of the fun and excitement. And, at the end of each day, show patrons will gather in the lounge of the show’s host hotel, the Renaissance Waverly, known worldwide as simply “The Pit” to talk knives until the wee hours—and then will get up the next day and do it all over again.

Make plans to attend the 37th Annual BLADE Show now. For hotel and other information click here. For the BLADE Show newsletter with regular show updates, click here.

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