BLADE Show West Takes Over Salt Lake City


BLADE Show West Rocks Salt Lake City And Packed The Salt Palace Convention Center.

Call it home.

After bumping around the greater Pacific and Mountain West, BLADE Show West definitely felt it found its place in Salt Lake City. For two days–Oct. 7-8–the Salt Palace Convention Center was packed to the gills with top knifemakers and blade aficionados.

The main question on everyone’s lips–aside from, “How much does that knife cost?”–was, “Is BLADE Show West coming back here?” To set everyone’s heart at ease, yes, the foremost knife show in the west is due back in Salt Lake City, Oct. 13-14, 2023.

Until then, there’s plenty to discuss on what made this year’s gathering such a top-notch shine dig.


More than 200 vendors descended on the Beehive State for the show from all across the United States. Of course there were big makers like Microtech and Spyderco in attendance but smaller factories like Schenk from Idaho and Stroup Knives from North Carolina were also on the show floor.

Blade HQ, a sponsor of the show, had a huge booth and gave out free shirts to attendees throughout the day Friday.

With so many vendors in town expectations were high, and the knife community did not disappoint. Thousands of fans came to the Salt Palace to buy, browse, and catch up with friends.

Best In Show Awards & After Party

A big thank you to Black Rifle Coffee for welcoming Blade Show West with open arms.

BLADE Show West featured stiff competition in the factory and custom knife awards. The We Knives x Peter Carey Nitro Mini collected Factory Best in Show and Trevor Morgan Jr’s kitchen knife won Custom Best in Show accolades.

Handing out the hardware was a pretty special affair, as Black Rifle Coffee hosted the awards ceremony and its after-party. Situated next to the company’s HQ, the nearly perfect Utah night added a great finish to a heated competition.

Demos Pack The House

Outside of the main convention hall was a series of demos that across the board drew large crowds. Two of the best attended were the sharpening clinic, hosted by Wicked Edge, and the knife critique, which had a panel of masters review makers’ knives.

Wicked Edge’s seminar was especially enlightening, give the company gave attendees a close-up view of the sharpening process, employing a microscope projected onto the big screen. Everything from creating a burr to polishing the edge was made crystalline with the visual aid.

As for the knife critique, Enrique Pena, Steve Schwarzer, Lucas Burnley, Bill Ruple, and Will Stelter reviewed around 20 knives created by intermediate, new, and hobbyist makers. The advice these well-respected masters gave in their critiques extended well past the knives being reviewed, but to knifemaking in general

Other demos focused on everything from texturing titanium handles with Shane Magnussen, and ABS Master Smith Neels Van Den Berg ran a course on making a Symmetrical Quillon Dagger from start to finish.

West Coast Flipping Championships

The balisong competition award winners were all smiles at the end of Blade Show West

The thumping of music and the clacking of bali-songs closed out the slew of events at BLADE Show West with the West Coast Flipping Championships. Sponsored and run by Squid Industries, the competition swelled to well over 200 participants and audience members.

The crowd was so large, the venue eventually was expanded by removing a retractable wall to the conference room next door. In the end, Nick Minges took home the $1,000 top prize with Tanner Knapp taking second and Sebastian Campas third.

BLADE Show West Vendor Highlights


Microtech had a booth so big it even had a back room built into the signage to hold its extra product. The company has new models coming later this fall, but pieces like the Glycon caught eyes throughout the weekend.

The Glycon was one of many eye-catching knives Microtech had in its cases.


Kizer was showing off some new knives, and showcased some of their funkier knives, like this awesome Aquaman-inspired folder.

Kizer’s Aquaman-inspired knife was definitely one of the cooler knives on the tables in Salt Lakt.

307 Forge

Being in the Mountain Time Zone brought out many makers from the Big Sky and Pacific States. The family-run 307 Forge of Big Piney, Wyoming had a wide selection of knives and showed that even in America’s least-populous state, knifemaking is thriving.

307 Forge was one of many makers from the Mountain Time Zone on hand selling their blades.

Knife And Gun Finishing Supplies

The team at Knife And Gun Finishing Supplies from Lakeside, Arizona had multiple tables dedicated to just handle materials. All sorts of woods, treated and untreated, metals, synthetics, Knife And Gun had almost every type of handle material covered.

It was materials galore at the Knife And Gun Finishing Materials Booth

Already Gearing Up For BLADE Show West 2023

It was, by all metrics, a rousing success at BLADE Show West. Start planning now to be at the Salt Palace next year for another edition of BLADE Show West on October 13-14, 2023.

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  1. Blade show west sky, the show was good and worthwhile. The only thing that I was going to the show was to purchase a few microtech otf, but after being treated like I wasn’t worth there time by the people the they had at there both, I changed my mind and no longer want to purchase any microtech products. I had been trying to purchase at least 2 to 3 microtech otfs but after this experience I won’t ever buy microtech. But I did spend $1000 on other knives that I liked and the people representing the company’s were more then welcoming and very professional, great experience at blade show west 2023 until I tried to buy the knives from microtech.


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