Blade Show 2006 - Atlanta, GA
Here are a few pictures and thoughts from this year's Blade Show. It was once again quite an event. The crowds were large on Friday and Saturday. On Friday morning, I would estimate that there were 300-400 people standing line who had paid the extra $10 to get into the show 2 hours before the general public. I'm not sure that I agree with this procedure but it is becoming more common at shows.
Beautiful Damascus and Walrus Tusk Bowie by Gil Hibben
Hibben "Elmer Keith Skinner" and handmade "Silver Shadow"
Incredible Integral Designs by Ron Best
"Hutch" Hutchings Doing Scrimshaw on a Randall Vietnam Commemorative Knife
An example of Hutch's incredible reverse scrimshaw
Some nice Xikar cigar cutters and knives scrimmed by HutcH
Competitors in the 2006 World Championship Cutting Competition chopping through 2x4s: Some of these guys chopped through a 2x4 in 9 seconds!
Reggie Barker (last year's champ)
Dickie Robinson makes chips fly
Concentration (Sorry, I don't remember his name)
This was interesting timing: I was shooting pictures in "burst" mode which
shoots approximately 2 frames per second. I had 7 shots of this competitor and
in every frame he was in almost exactly the same position just starting his down
This year's champ Lin Rhea working hard
And Then Cutting a Hanging 1" Rope
Lin Rhea (this year's champ)
Reggie Barker makes a nice clean cut without breaking the thread
Dickie Robinson makes his cut
Michael Bouse takes aim
Some Entries From "The Best of Show" Showcase
Kit Rae (as if I needed to say it)
Interesting shank - Pipe Knife
Left to Right: "Hutch" Hutchings, Bob Costonas, Bill Churchill, Rick
Randall Model 1 "Remember Vietnam" commemorative with sheath by Greg Gutcher
and a Mini Randall Model 1
Rick and Sharilyn Schuchmann of SCAR Custom Knives
Some of the incredible work by Willy B Ellis
Dian Tanaka and Zach Whitson of Iron Mountain Knives
Stag and Wooly Mammoth was in abundance at the show
Some beautiful silver wire inlay work by master smith Mark Sentz
Some miscellaneous shots around the show
John Bailey demonstrates whip cracking in the courtyard
Knife throwing competition: From left to right; Mike "Alamo" Bainton
(World champ 2003, 2004, 2005), Bob "Mountain Man" Pyle (World Champ 2006),
Ed Imperatore, Joe Darrah. Event emcee John Bailey. I am sorry but I don't know the last
gentleman's name, he was the judge.
Joe Darrah zeros in on a bullseye
John Bailey demonstrates throwing bayonets
Mike Bainton throws bowies
Joe Darrah winds up for a throw
Bob Pyle sticks a perfect bullseye. Too bad he was aiming for the playing
card off to the side...
Mike Bainton lets one fly
Bob Pyle goes for distance
Ed Imperatore lines up a throw
Our group going for steaks at the Old Mill
There was so much to see. I wish I could have captured it all. 2006 was a great show. See you all again in 2007.