Knives of the 2014 East Coast Custom Knife Show (ECCKS)

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  1. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Now in its 25th year, this show is impressive in the star-studded lineup of top-tier makers.

    It is held in a wonderful venue (Westin Hotel) overlooking the Liberty Tower in Manhattan.

    This is an area and show which provides the popularity of art knives and tacticals. Forged blades aren't as popular up here, I guess. :confused:

    For those who enjoy the work of these makers, and to have an opportunity to talk with them, the show is a rare treat. It isn't overcrowded, and there wasn't the rush of tactical buyers in the room as there is in the Fall.

    As is always noted, Steve D'Lack and his crew from Fifty-Fifty Productions: Cricket, Kylee, Nick, Peter et al, run this show well.

    They also hold an AKI meeting here, as at least 1/2 of those makers are present. (Spoiler: Owen Wood, Emmanuel Esposito, and Curt Erickson are officially IN for 2015. :))

    Read the partial list of attendees:

    Barnett, Van
    Bennica, Charles
    Bergomi, Maurizio
    Brignone, Paolo
    Britton, Tim
    Casey, Kevin
    Chamblin, Joel
    Consoli, Sergio
    Corrado, Moro
    Crawford, Pat & Wes
    Davidson, Edmund
    Cai, C.J.
    Derr, Herbert
    Dozier, Bob
    Elishewitz, Allen
    Esposito, Emmanuel
    Fogarizzu, Antonio
    Frederick, Aaron
    Fuegen, Larry
    Hansen, Shaun & Sharla
    Hara, Koji
    Hendrickson, E. Jay
    Hinderer, Rick
    Hitchmough, Howard
    Horn, Des
    Johnson, Steve
    Kious, Joe
    Kressler, D.F.
    Lake, Ron
    Lambert, Kirby
    Lecocq, Alexis
    Loerchner, Elizabeth
    Loerchner, Wolfgang
    Martin, R.J.
    Matsuno, Kansei
    Matsuoka, Scot
    McClure, Jerry
    Minchew, Ryan
    Minnick, Jim & Joyce
    Morotti, Atillio
    Muller, Jody
    Nealy, Bud
    Nell, Chad
    O'Hare, Sean
    Ohta, Hiroaki
    Osborne, Warren
    Ostroff, Neil - True North Knives
    Ouye, Keith
    Pease, W.D.
    Ralph, Darrel
    Reverdy, Pierre
    Ruple, Bill
    Rusnak, Josef
    Steinau, Juergen
    Strider Knives
    Sucheras, Jean Pierre
    Szilaski, Joseph
    Terzuola, Bob
    Tesarik, Richard
    Thorburn, Andre
    Tighe, Brian
    Tuch, William
    Viele, Howard
    Watson, Daniel - Angel Sword
    Weinstock, Robert
    Wood, Owen
    Young, John
    Zscherny, Michael

    Many of these high profile makers don't or can't bring many knives. That's the way it is. However, you may discuss a future order or simply engage with them.

    Susan and I have ALWAYS enjoyed this show. From our perspective it's our very favorite show. It's super busy, but with *just enough* space to allow me to converse and chat with my clients. (Susan pleases far more than me, but I like to get a word in now and then. LOL!)

    We arrive and setup by 10am on Friday morning and run daily till 1pm on Sunday.

    Friday night we had an incomparable dinner with Neil Ostroff and Missy Beyer. Tim?, Chris?, and Peter Rassenti also at the table. The conversations were rated 'M' at the least... LOL! Props to Neil for his always-generous friendship.

    Saturday we take a walk to the P.A.T.H. station and we tunnel the Hudson to get to Christopher St. in the village. Taxi from there to Little Italy (Buena Notte) and dessert (Palermo's) and we're back by 10pm with that yummy and romantic adventure.

    We drive away on Sunday and got home before 4pm. So convenient.

    Enough text. Let's see some cutlery...

    Charles Bennica brought this unusual meteorite inlaid folder. The first little crescent is the opener and lock.

    Kevin Casey is a standout.

    Larry Parsons did a great job matching the blue mammoth in his sheath inlay.


    Kaj Embretsen

    Tore Fogarizzu dual left and right auto. WOW!

    Jay and Nancy Hendrickson represent the forged blade proudly.

    Steve Johnson brings the term 'quality' to his table.


  2. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Impressing the crowd is young Matt Martin, RJ Martin's son. He's designed and is tooling out these 'tactical' pens, at a decent price point. He can't build them fast enough. [​IMG]




    Jody Muller and his wife Ginger are always a pleasure and his knives are ALWAYS formidably creepy.

    Brian Nadeau is stunning us with his CNC folders. Me wants.

    Warren Osborne was here, but this is an oldie but goodie.

    A large International field, Josef Rusnak and his son Tomas made the trip

  3. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Bill Tuch came out from Seattle with his clean work.

    ...this folder won an award out West.

    Barry Lee Hands was here, and his impressive style is now legendary. As is Ron Lake's.

    Elizabeth Loerchner is making heads turn in every way!

    This was her drawing knife.

    Wolfe, her father, must be quite proud. :)

    Michael Walker could not make it. But this knife did.

    Thinking out of the box, is Mike Zscherny, who is making these jigged titanium 'slip tacs'. Smart move!
  4. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    More in a few days. I'm only just over halfway through. I also came home with 20 knives from other dealers.

    It's a great show from our end. Kumbaya! :D

    Jim & Susan
  5. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    Nice photos and knives. I didn't see these at the show so this is a treat.

    That Tore Fogarizzu double auto is absolutely insane! I also like the Lake and love Elizabeth's dagger (do you happen to know what the blue stonelike material is at the bottom?). Bill Tuch makes a clean knife, and this is the first time I have seen it with a handle inlay.
  6. BellaBlades


    Jul 12, 2013
    Great pics.
    I touched every darn one of them that I could.
    I remember I took a wrong turn when my wife and I arrived and we walked into your photo studio down the other hall.
    Nice set up, Im like "honey that is the famous sharp by coop photographers" She just laughed at my corny passion.
  7. The Virginian

    The Virginian Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Some really special pieces. Thanks so much for sharing those pictures here for us to see, Coop. Much appreciated. :thumbup:
  8. Scurvy092


    Jan 31, 2012
    The Swayback slip-tac came REALLY close to coming home with me.
  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Jim your work is rich and vibrant and much appreciated :)
  10. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    thanks Jim :)
  11. Murray White

    Murray White Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 1999
    Great job as usual Coop. Glad you are able to show us all these great knives when we don't get to shows that have them to handle for whatever reason. Love the dagger folder by Liz and also the Wolfe folder.
  12. Ellis

    Ellis Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 16, 1998
    Great pics and always a pleasure seeing you, Jim.
  13. timos-

    timos- KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 22, 2012
    Thanks for posting!
  14. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    Very Nice Jim! Thanks for the visual show!
  15. cEdge


    Apr 14, 2011
    Amazing photos, thank you for sharing!
  16. 9blades


    Dec 29, 2012
    I absolutely don't mean to down play the amazing knives in this thread, but I'm most excited about the brass and copper pens from Matt Martin. Mainly because I can afford them! Thanks you for the wonderful photos Coop. :)
  17. Marcel54


    Jul 30, 2005
    Great photos of some extraordinary knives. Tore outdid himself, just look what he did with the screws on the top of that folder. That Muller is cool too.

  18. CJZ


    Dec 18, 2012
    Nice pictures! ECCKS really amazed me this year, it was a huge improvement from last year.

    (Not that last year was bad, this year was just really awesome)
  19. betzner

    betzner Home To Morro Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    It's always great to see your shots, Coop. Thanks for posting for all to see.
  20. Bladeplay74


    Sep 3, 2012
    That Lake is the one I spoke at length with Barry about. Just exquisite...

    That Auto by Tore is outrageous.

    Thanks for your hard work, Jim. It always shows. Nice seeing you again.


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