Best of Show awards
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