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Blade Show West Moving to Orange County, California

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

BLADE Show, the world’s largest knife show, has announced a major venue upgrade for its BLADE Show West exhibition. The 2021 event will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Orange County, California, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9.

After months of searching for the best possible location for BLADE Show West, the BLADE Show staff unanimously concluded that Long Beach is the place to be.

“Many exhibitors and attendees who joined us in Portland, Oregon, for the past two West shows suggested ways we could improve on the experience. We listened and started looking for alternative locations. The Long Beach area has so much going for it that this was an easy decision,” said Alicia Newton, BLADE Show director.

“Foremost in our decision is the fact that Orange County is knife-friendly in ways that many of the other venues we considered are not. Management at the Long Beach Convention Center has been easy to work with and is genuinely excited about adding our event to their calendar. Exhibitors can expect great show traffic and hassle-free transactions.”

Long Beach has all the amenities that show attendees and exhibitors value. It’s easy to navigate, there are plenty of hotel options, and a huge variety of dining and entertainment options can be found within walking distance of the convention center. Further, the size and layout of the convention center lends itself to expansion in future years.

Additional details, including lodging information, will be posted regularly at bladeshowwest.com during the coming weeks, so check back often.

BLADE Show 2020 Officially Cancelled

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

With the 39th annual BLADE Show scheduled for Aug. 7-9, we have been receiving countless questions from exhibitors and attendees about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the show and its guests.

Unfortunately, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it’s in the best interest of all concerned to cancel BLADE Show 2020.

Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. Having been in daily contact with guests, exhibitors, local officials and the show venue for the past two months, it has become apparent that we cannot present a 2020 event that meets exhibitor and attendee expectations and BLADE Show standards.

While the state of Georgia continues to grapple with decisions about new guidelines and restrictions to deal with the pandemic, BLADE Show too recognizes its responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees.

BLADE Magazine and the BLADE Show staff appreciate the support we received from our many industry friends who worked with us to plan for the alternate August dates after we were forced to cancel the original June event.


All current ticket holders will have the option to roll their early bird, daily tickets or 3-day passes over to the 2021 Show dates, June 4-6, 2021. Or you can opt to receive a full refund on your ticket purchases at this time.

Please email [email protected] to confirm whether you choose to roll over your admission tickets to 2021 or request the full refund.  BLADE University class purchases will be completely refunded.   

Damned Designs Introduces Four Knives for Blade Show West

Friday, October 11th, 2019



The Wraith is a Sheepsfoot-style blade. Available in frame lock (Micarta or CF/G10 scales) or Titanium framelock, featuring M390 steel.



The Yokai is a Tanto-style blade. Available as Ti Bolster lock with marbled Carbon Fiber inserts and features M390 steel.



The Basilisk is a Drop point-style blade. Available as Ti Bolster lock with marbled Carbon Fiber inserts and features M390 steel.



The Oni is a Mini Tanto Liner lock and Frame lock. It will be crowdfunded via Indiegogo on 1st Nov (same day as Blade Show West).

Damned Designs knives will be available at Blade show west (Table J11) and after the show, on the site.

Viking Tactics Knives

Friday, June 28th, 2019

At Blade Show I got a chance to check out the three different knife models from Viking Tactics‘ Bloodline series.

Manufactured by TOPS Knives, they include the Patriot, Crusader and Norseman.

The Patriot features an overall length of 6.75 and a cutting surface of just over 3 inches.

Drawing from the Bloodlines of VTAC’s first ever knife design, “The Assault”, the Crusader is nearly 9 inches long and has a cutting surface 3 ½ inches in length.

Inspired by a knife made by one of SGM Lamb’s Soldiers who was killed in action in Iraq on 17 June 2005, the Norseman offers an overall length of 11.63” and a cutting surface of 5 ½ inches.

Common features include blades made from 1095 steel and hardened to RC 56-58, they all have a spine tastefully decorated with a Viking Vine, Blood Colored handle liners, and Micarta handles. Each also comes with a Kydex sheath.

RMJ Tactical – American Tomahawk

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The American Tomahawk from RMJ Tactical debuted at the recent Blade Show in Atlanta.

Made entirely in Tennessee, it features a drop forged 1055 carbon head and either a nylon or Hickory wood handle. The sheath is Kydex.


Blade Show 19 – Hell-Bent Brewski Bro Beer Holster

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Some Kydex everyone can enjoy. The Brewski Bro Beer Holster From Hell-Bent Holsters is available in 19 different colors and fits standard 12 and 16oz cans.


Blade Show 19 – CRKT Twist & Fix Tool

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

There are multiple versions of CRKT’s new Twist & Fix Tool. Designed by Ryan Glasgow from Portland, Oregon, there are Torx, Hex, Sae/Metric sockets and even Philip/Flat driver heads.


Blade Show 19 – Scorpion 6 Knives Ice Axe

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

You walk around a knife show and you see a lot of the same stuff, so when I saw an ice-axe, I had to stop.

Created by Shane, an Army Veteran, he had grown up climbing and wanted an American made Ice Axe. What’s more, he wanted to be able to swap out the tool heads and adjust the angle of attack. He has built the handle out of aluminum and the head out of sword steel.