Guild/ABS Will Hold Joint Knife Show

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Guild and ABS sign historic show pact.
Guild and ABS will hold their first ever joint show Sept. 18-20, 2015, in Kansas City.

The Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society will hold their first-ever joint knife show Sept. 18-20, 2015, in Kansas City.

The show will be called the International Custom Cutlery Exposition (ICCE) and will include knives displayed by members of both the Guild and the ABS. It will be held in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The original Guild Show also was held in Kansas City.

It is a historic meeting of the minds of two knifemaker organizations that basically have competed with one another for almost four decades.

“The main thing is we’re coming together to put on a show,” the Guild’s Gene Baskett noted.

Baskett said everything will be “50/50” between the two organizations and both will have equal say so on matters concerning the show. For example, each organization will have 75 tables to allot to its members, giving the show 150 tables in all.

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Guild members who want to inquire about exhibiting at the show should contact the Guild c/o Charlie Mathews, and ABS members should contact the ABS c/o Harvey Dean.


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Baskett said the officials of the Kansas City Marriott “bent over backwards” to accommodate the Guild and the ABS for the show. The hotel recently underwent $14 million in refurbishments. Veteran knife observers will recall that the Guild Show enjoyed a very successful run at the Orlando Marriott for many years.

Admission for show patrons will be $10 for one day and $15 for three days. All Guild Honorary Members will be admitted for free, as they always have been at past Guild shows. Baskett said the ABS will make its own arrangements concerning admission for its special members.

“There will be more information to come once we get more details,” Baskett added.

For more information visit americanbladesmith.com or knifemakersguild.com.

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Guild and ABS sign historic show pact.
The Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society will hold their first ever joint knife show Sept. 18-20, 2015, in Kansas City.

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