|Esnyx paid $500 to have an empty table for half the show.|
By noon Saturday Busse was down to 2 knives and 1 tomahawk. Microtech has only the knives nobody wants and many of the custom knife makers have sold all their knives.
Some manufacturers don’t sell at this show. Neither Spyderco nor CRKT sell, partially to prevent their retailers from taking it on the chin, partially to reduce the shipping problems. There are some nice discounts from vendors. It’s also a lot to pack, ship and return to the main warehouse. Benchmade does it, but then they only sell to brick and mortar stores.
|Busse and empty counter by noon on day 2|
|Micky always has a fun table!|
|Sandy's wonderful artwork|
|Murray and his elaborate sharpening system, a bucket, board, towel and a stone with two grits|
With these two stones using a seven step method he gets razor sharp knives. He believes that all knife blades should be thinned and the only acceptable grind is a flat grind. Grind angle? Don’t make him laugh. The best angle is the angle that works the best for your purpose. Since it only takes him a few minutes to resharpen, he’ll try one angle then another and see which works best. Sort of suggests having a pocket full of knives with different purposes written on each. He’s very pragmatic about sharpening, but he has the reputation for it.
I stopped at ZT. They make amazing factory knives. I picked up one which has both a flipper and a thumb stud. The flipper worked fine, but using the stud I couldn’t get the blade to move. Now, I don’t know why the thumb stud is present, as it doesn’t work. Maybe, at least in my imagination, there is a legal reason. “Yes, your Honor/Officer/Boss, it has a flipper that lets you open it lightning fast, but it also has a thumb stud so this knife cannot be an auto/dangerous ordinance/ballistic/forbidden by the Geneva code of ‘civilized’ warfare.”
|Knives from Painted Horse|