Aldo Bruno is the NJ Steel Baron. Well-regarded and known to ALL knifemakers. He has a heart of gold and an eye for quality makers.
He's pointed more than a couple of uber-talented, up-and-comers to me to get their work shown. Often on HIS dime!
Case in point: Ramon Chavez from NM. He wasn't at the show, but this came in just before and was delivered back to Aldo at the site. Yup, It's good work.
Philip Booth has been making unique smaller knives for years. Here he showed he can do a more traditional 'dress tactical'
Brian Fellhoelter hails from AZ, and came to this show. Very highly-regarded maker. Nothing but upper grade materials for this dress tactical.
Aaron Frederick showed how he can make a framelock for $300 and sell them all. That's the way!
And he also showed his confederate colors on this colorful piece.
David Mirabile has won Best Fighter at Blade. This piece was a delivery to a client (maker) at this show. What a startling combination of old-tradition and hi-tech materials.
EDITED: The stand is carved from an ancient walrus jawbone.
I am clueless that one should NEVER display this style knife in it's stand with the edge down. David deserved better than this, and I take all the heat.
Guilty as charged. (Also: forgive the oily blade.)
Last year Aldo brought in Brian Nadeau's work. This year he came to me direct. Pull your chair up if you like precision machining and really good engineering.
This knife was one of the more exciting pieces that I liked. This is one of a couple of proto's Brian has made. It's built like a tank, yet is round and supple in the hand.
I completely want one. He's going to do a few blade styles, and hasn't figured out how to incorporate a clip without looking like an add-on. Yet. When he does it will be intentional.
F&F = A+. BTW: His website name is SharpByDesign.com. LOL! Has a nice ring to it!
Lastly, Rich Poirier is a protege of Wally Hayes. Both from Canada. Look for the skull in the handle!
More soon. PLEASE share your stories of these makers or your own faves.