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ICCE Changes Knife Show Dates

Burke Fixed Blade ICCE.

ABS master smith Bill Burke won the ICCE Award for Best Fixed Blade at the inaugural ICCE Show this past September.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2nd Annual International Custom Cutlery Exposition (ICCE) has had to change the dates for its 2016 knife show from early to late September, show officials announced.

Originally slated for Sept. 9-11, the new dates are Sept. 23-25.

The show will be held in the same venue—the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to ICCE officials, the event-hosting hotel, the Downtown Marriott, notified the ICCE’s organizers, the Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), that there would be several events scheduled for the original show dates. Due to the events scheduled in downtown Kansas City, some streets will be blocked, parking will be a hassle, and the downtown will be overcrowded the weekend of Sept. 9-11. The hotel management had other available dates that would make the show far more enjoyable for those who will attend, thus the change to Sept. 23-25.

Held for the first time this past September at the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, the initial ICCE represented the first-ever knife show held in cooperation between and coordinated by both the Guild and the ABS, the world’s oldest and most important groups of custom knifemakers. Adding to the historical significance of the cooperative effort is that the show was held in the same room as the 1973 Guild Show where BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Bill Moran introduced his knives with damascus steel blades. It was the first time modern damascus steel knives were exhibited at a knife show and it caused quite a stir, and eventually sparked the creation of the ABS in 1976. Most of the knifemakers and bladesmiths from both organizations who exhibited at the 2015 ICCE appeared very pleased with it, and a number of them and other industry observers seem optimistic about the show’s future potential for success.

For more information visit knifemakersguild.com/show, facebook.com/events and/or facebook.com/knifemakers.guild.

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