2011 Atlanta Blade Show: Part II, Company Exhibitors, July 4
This show was first aired on July 4, 2011, and may be heard by clicking on the following link: http://webtalkradio.net/shows/hoveys-outdoor-adventures/.
The Atlanta Blade Show and Cutlery Fair has always had a mix of exhibitors. In Part II, I start with a tour of Buck Knife’s new factory at Post Falls, Idaho, conducted by C.J. Buck, and then return to the Blade Show floor with conversations with importers, home-grown knife companies that are household names (and some that are not), a maker of kitchen cutlery who markets in an unusual manner, a very nearly all fat cooking segment and conclude with makers of knife components and sharpening stones.
Knife makers include companies that have been in the game for centuries and are still working with equipment from that era to others who have upgraded to ultra-modern facilities and those that mix traditional and modern techniques to make interesting, affordable knives.
Buck Knives is now a forth-generation family business, that progressed from hand-making knives to computer-assisted batch processing methods and hand finishing to make affordable knives in the U.S. There is still a lot of handwork that goes into a Buck knife with much more being done on custom and limited-production knives. I used some of their new PackLite knives to process an Idaho black bear after seeing the knives being made at the factory.
been imported into the U.S. since before World War II. These knives very often have stag handles and a distinctive “European” look. European production has now become very “pricey” on the American market and the company now has some of its German-made blades handled and made into knives in China to reduce costs. These are still Puma knives, but marketed under a different brand. The product that I chose to illustrate is their boar spear, which is a formidable instrument that some still use to hunt wild boars. The sheath for the blade is made of boar hide and the large ash shaft is leather wrapped. For information go to: www.pumaknifecompanyusa.com.
Least one think that only foreign companies exhibit at the Blade Show, there are many more domestic knife makers than foreign exhibitors in the halls. Canal Street Cutlery is an exclusive maker of American-pattern pocket and fixed-blade knives that was derived from the personnel from the Custom Knife Division of Schrade Cutlery when that company folded. Each year they expand their line of knives. This year they offered their first lock-back folding knife which is further distinguished as being handled with American chestnut. This folder also has a raised locking lever for easier operation for those who have very large hands. These are quality hand-made knives that sell for reasonable prices. For information contact WGardiner@canalstreelcutlery.com.
Cutco, a 40-year-old New York firm, exhibited for the first time at the 2011 Blade Show. They make interesting and useful kitchen knives offered with a lifetime warranty and re-sharpening service. In larger cities salesmen give in-home demonstrations. These products are not retailed through stores, and the company does not advertise. Thses knives are sold because one person recommended them to a friend. They have small, medium and large kitchen knives, a very interesting design of cheese slicer that has many more uses that slicing cheese as well as hunting knives and some hand-gardening tools. Loren Horton represented the company. For more information go to: myCUTCOrep.com/LorenHorton or contact him directly at email@example.com.