Attending Your First Knife Show
Whether you’re a vendor or looking to purchase a new piece for your collection, attending your first knife show can be intimidating if you don’t know the ropes. Nevertheless, knife shows are great opportunities to see some beautifully intricate pieces up close and personal and to meet the talented knife makers or seasoned collectors who sell them.
Many design trends emerge from knife shows. Knife makers peruse the latest designs at knife shows and get inspiration from the pieces on display. However- they are also looking for what SELLS at shows. Recently, what actually sells at knife shows is what is affordable. In due time, authentic design ideas get taken up by big knife production companies who work hand in hand with custom forgers. The current knife shows of today exhibit smaller and lighter knives in comparison with shows from the past where overbuilt blades were the star pieces – more practical pieces are becoming the stars of the show.
Organizers are beginning to notice a shifting away from esoteric, unique and unattainable knives that previously have been selling out so fast. Recently, the high demand for tactical folders and higher priced items is starting to dwindle. So, when you attend your first knife show, expect to see beautiful pieces from around the world and take your time when deciding on which piece you want to add to your knife collection.