Best of Show awards

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Just on 300 people came through the doors on 6–7 Oc­to­ber for the first Auckland Blade Show, held at the his­toric Par­nell Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

To say the stan­dard was high is an un­der­state­ment, and this cer­tainly bodes well for the fu­ture of New Zealand knife mak­ing. Feed­back from both ex­hibitors and the pub­lic was ex­tremely pos­i­tive, with many knives go­ing to new homes.

What was in­ter­est­ing is that most mak­ers had their own style and take, so there was a great va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent knives avail­able. Whether you were af­ter a hunter, a fil­leter, or a kitchen knife it was there. That’s be­fore we even get to the col­lecta­bles made from Da­m­as­cus steel with ex­otic han­dles rang­ing from fos­silized wal­rus ivory to highly fig­ured ex­otic woods. On both morn­ings be­fore the show opened, it was great to see the mak­ers con­nect­ing and shar­ing knife­mak­ing ideas.

Gameco, the knife-mak­ing sup­plies com­pany, had six ta­bles and did a great trade sell­ing sup­plies to ex­ist­ing mak­ers and new­bies alike. They had quite a range of prod­ucts for sale at the show, in­clud­ing blade steel, han­dle ma­te­rial, leather sewing ma­chines, belt grinders, and a host of other sup­plies and tools.

Also at the event we had col­lec­tor Vin­cent Saun­ders on hand dis­play­ing part of his Ran­dall col­lec­tion, and what a treat that was. Knife dealer Terry Fin­ney, from Knives of Africa, was also in at­ten­dance, rep­re­sent­ing the fine line of knives from var­i­ous South African mak­ers that he sells, as well as Matt James from Da­m­as­cus NZ with his Da­m­as­cus bil­lets and knives. Last but not least show spon­sor The Shed was on hand to pro­mote its prod­ucts.

The good news for knife fans is that plan­ning for next year’s show is al­ready un­der­way. Keep an eye out for more de­tails. Leif Hasel­tine

Jerry McClure Richard van Dijk

Guy and Carter Fearon Shea and Lena

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