Add this to the list of ways Portland, Oregon, is a unique American metropolitan: the city is ground zero for the custom and factory knife industry. BLADE Show West, coming Nov. 1-3 to the Oregon Convention Center, showcases why.
Portland’s Best Knifemakers & Knife Companies Will Be There
This knife show isn’t just an extension of the world’s largest annual knife show in Atlanta; it’s an opportunity for the Portland area to support local businesses specializing in centuries-old craftsmanship. Of more than 215 total exhibitors, dozens of Portland’s knifemakers and knife designers will be displaying their creations, from hand-crafted chef’s knives to innovative pocketknives designed to make everyday tasks easier.
BLADE Show West attendees get to connect with those knifemakers, see unique knife collections not available online and pick out their new favorite knife.
“When people ask me why they should attend a knife show for the first time, I like to tell them two things,” said Steve Shackleford, editor of BLADE magazine, the world’s foremost knife publication since 1973. “First, you’re going to be surprised by the creativity and the craftsmanship. It’s like you’ve never seen real knives before.
“Second, these knifemakers are independent businesses. When you buy a knife from someone who spent days or weeks making it by hand, you’re putting a roof over their head and food on their table.”
That rugged spirit and sense of community are what bring people to events like BLADE Show West. It’s also why knifemakers are so eager to share their appreciation for blades. BLADE Show West will host demonstrations, competitions, awards, and even an after party complete with food trucks and beer.
“That it could all happen in Portland, home to so many knifemakers and knife companies, is a terrific thing for the area and the West Coast in general. The entire knife community will be there,” Shackleford said.
More than 215 total exhibitors will be at BLADE Show West. Here’s a lineup of Oregon favorites:
Benchmade Knife Co.
Big Brown Bear
Cascadia Cutlery LLC
Chuck Cook Knives
David Kurt Handmade Knives
Freeman Outdoor Gear
Kershaw Knives/ Zero Tolerance Knives
Leatherman Tool Group
Northwest Knives & Collectibles
Spake Handmade Knives
TF Blades LLC
Buy Tickets Online & Save Up to $10
To attend, buy tickets online before the event to save up to $10 at bladeshowwest.com.