Blade Show

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Blade Show
Status Active
Genre knives
Venue Cobb Galleria Centre (As of 1995)
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia (As of 1995)
Country United States
Inaugurated 1982
Organized by F+W Media
Filing status 501(c)(3)

The Blade Show is an annual tradeshow for the cutlery industry. It is the largest event of its type in the world.[1] The show is sponsored by Blade magazine and is the host for inductees into the annual Hall of Fame.


The first Blade Show was held in 1982 as the American Blade Convention and Show in Cincinnati, Ohio. The magazine was known as 'American Blade' at the time.[2] In 1983 it became known as "The American Blade Collector's Show". In 1984 the name became "The Blade Super Show". In 1986 the show relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee.[3] In 1988, the name was changed to the Blade Show & Cutlery Fair and it became loosely referred to as the Blade Show. In 1993 the show moved to Atlanta, Georgia and officially became known as The Blade Show.[4]

Cutlery Hall of Fame[edit]

Every year, the Blade Show admits a new person into the "Cutlery Hall of Fame". The Cutlery Hall of Fame is composed of knifemakers, authors and persons who promote knife making, Bladesmithing, and Knife collecting. Each year, the living members of the Cutlery Hall Of Fame nominate and vote on the latest inductee to join their ranks.[5]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Kertzman, Joe (2007). "The Daring Dance of Damascus". Art of the Knife. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 187. ISBN 0-89689-470-3. 
  2. ^ "The Greatest Knife Show of All Time". American Blade 7 (1): 74. 1982. 
  3. ^ Shackleford, Steve (1987). "Inside Blade". The Blade 12 (1): 8. 
  4. ^ Shackleford, Steve (1993). "Show Calendar". Blade 20 (2): 18. 
  5. ^ "Mr. SpeedSafe Joins the Club". Blade Magazine. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-24.