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Steel Star Power of the BLADE Show

Gil Hibben, who made knives for the Expendables move franchise, will be among many with steel star power connections at the BLADE Show.

Gil Hibben, who made knives for the Expendables move franchise, will be among many with steel star power connections at the BLADE Show.

The world’s greatest knives and greatest knifemakers are the main focus of the BLADE Show June 5-7 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia, but there are also many legends and legends in the making who attend the show that help give it steel star power.

A Gil Hibben bowie knife.

A Gil Hibben bowie knife from the Expendables.

For instance, Todd Begg, star of the Discovery Channel’s Blade Brothers, will be displaying his knives at booth 722. Robert Young Pelton, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places as well as host of the Travel Channel’s series of the same name for six years, is the headman of DPx Gear (booth 415).

Any number of makers in the show hall have made knives for movies, the most notable being BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Gil Hibben (table 5K) and the knives for the third and fourth Rambo movies as well as The Expendables series of flicks, all starring Sylvester Stallone.

Others who have made knives for movies include Allen Elishewitz (booth 59) and Cold Steel (booth 318) for Sinners and Saints; Ernest Emerson (booth 104) for Black Hawk Down and Night of the Running Man, among others and also for some TV shows; Daniel Winkler (booth 606) for Zero Dark Thirty, Sommersby and The Last of the Mohicans; and TOPS Knives (table 20U) for The Hunted and The Punisher. R.W. Wilson (table 25R) made the tomahawks for the early 1970s classic, Jeremiah Johnson. There are no doubt other makers at the show who made movie knives that we’re leaving out. And on the TV side of the ledger, Condor Tool & Knife (booth 739) supplies the knife for Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, and Zero Tolerance knives (booth 99) appear regularly on the long-running hit TV show, NCIS.

On the entertainment side of the ledger, Southern Grind (booth 41) is owned by Atlanta’s Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band renown. And Adam Drescher of Adam Unlimited (table 15S) has been appearing on a number of TV shows in assorted character roles of late.

Steel star power of the BLADE Show.Last but not least are the legends of the knife industry itself—the members of the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame© who regularly attend the show: Goldie and A.G. Russell of A.G. Russell Knives (booth 102), the only married couple in the Hall; Ken Onion of Ken Onion Culinary Designs (booth 303); Sal Glesser of Spyderco (booth 23); Bruce Voyles of J. Bruce Voyles Auctioneers, writer and book author (table 703); the aforementioned Gil Hibben; custom knifemaker D’ Holder (table 1M); knife entrepreneur and writer Bill Adams (table 4AA); and B.R. Hughes, writer, author and one of the founders of the American Bladesmith Society, who will be found holding court in the ABS section of the show hall.

Come see them all and much more at the BLADE Show.

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