There are a lot of interesting knife makers from all over the World presented at IWA show!
Our neighbor was a Japanese knife maker with unique custom knives. Some of his knives were hardened to 67Rc and some of them to 64Rc with very reliable edge!
He was doing some demonstrations on a piece of bamboo...
Great knives but very expensive to my taste... Folders were selling for around $4000.
A lot of Russian companies were presented at IWA 2012.
For example Kizlyar knives:
Or their daughter-company Northern Crown (custom Kizlyar knives):
And our biggest competitor in Russia - A&R: