Thousands of knife enthusiasts from all corners of the globe will descend on the world’s largest and most important annual knife event—the BLADE Show—Friday through Sunday, June 6-8, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
The latest in custom, factory, tactical, survival, kitchen, military, utility and collector knives, and anything and everything that cuts—as well as those who make, sell, buy and collect them—will engulf the mammoth Cobb Galleria Centre show hall for the 33rd rendition of the ultimate knife event.
The BLADE Magazine 2014 Knife-Of-The-Year® Awards—including new for this year, the People’s Choice Award—will be named during the show. For more on how you can vote for the People’s Choice Award, visit http://blademag.com/vote. Also new for this year is BLADE University, a new concept in show seminars in which knife subjects are taught in groups of classes. It will begin the day before the BLADE Show and will run through show Saturday. For information on how to enroll in BLADE U., along with a complete list of classes, visit BLADE University.
In addition to the world’s leading knifemakers and knife companies, the BLADE Show will host a number of personalities and celebrities to meet and greet show patrons. Among those making special appearances this year will be Jeff Axelson, brother of Matthew Axelson, one of the Navy SEALs who bravely gave his life in Afghanistan and is among those portrayed in the hit movie Lone Survivor, and Dom Raso, Navy SEAL veteran, founder of DynAmis Alliance and National Rifle Association news commentator. Jeff Axelson will make guest appearances at the Busse Combat Knife Co. booth (728) and Raso will do so at the Winkler Knives booth (836). There will also be a number of silent knife auctions with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project and others.
The show also provides the largest array of free seminars, including a special one on the current state of ivory presented by knifemaker Jim Hammond and scrimshander Sandra Brady, the 12th Annual BLADE Show World Championship Cutting Competition, a Japanese sword demo by James Williams, how to collect tactical and handforged knives, how to use bushcraft/survival knives and much more.