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what and where is the largest knife shop in the US?

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by waterford, May 26, 2012.

  1. waterford


    May 19, 2012

    Where is the largest knife shop in the USA? The one place where all the knife nuts would love to be able to visit?
  2. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    That would be Smoky Mt. Knife Works, Sevierville, Tennessee. Nice to stop and browse, but I can't ever find a "deal" there!
  3. Hadji Flip Me Over

    Hadji Flip Me Over

    Mar 1, 2010
    There are no knife stores within a reasonable driving distance of where I live. It's a tragedy. :(
  4. gzb


    Jan 24, 2003
    Something tells me that BLADE HQ would be a lot of fun to take a leisurely tour in
    with a healthy Credit Card...
  5. Allen R.

    Allen R.

    Nov 1, 2011
    been there a few times myself when i was a kid but it is huge!!
  6. Alann45


    Jul 4, 2009
    Jill is probably correct about SMKW being the largest.
    Never been, but I have heard it is huge. Also houses the NKCA museum.

    I agree BladeHQ would likely be fun, as would New Graham.
  7. ASBOB

    ASBOB Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Plaza Cutlery. After that House of Blades in Dallas.
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  8. HuntBomb


    Sep 18, 2009
    Smokey Mtn Knife Works has a terrible selection IMO.
    Tons and tons of cheap stuff. And overpriced cheap stuff at that.
  9. Chipped Karambit

    Chipped Karambit

    Jan 12, 2012
    walmart._. they have HUGE!!!! walmarts and some sell like 10 knives. Space alone make them largest._.
  10. kreole


    Jul 23, 2009
    They do have a ton of cheap stuff, but they also have all the standard good manufacturers--Spyderco, ESEE, ZT, Great Eastern Cutlery, Case, etc.

    Back on topic, I moved to Knoxville, about 30 minutes from SMKW, this past August and went there the first weekend I was here :D. As said, they have a lot of junk, but they have a lot of good stuff, too. It's got to be 5-10x larger than any other knife store I've been to. If you've been to LL Bean's store in Freeport or something like a Cabela's, it's around that size.
  11. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I don't like SMKW, everything they have that is decent costs way more than I can get it for elsewhere. I also don't like the way they have all these not so friendly salespeople standing around watching your every move. (when you buy something they stick it in a little basket and take it up front, where you can't have it until you pay and leave) They have a very nice place, but the entire operation to me is little more than a cutlery tourist trap, designed to maximize profits. (plus TN, sales tax is 9.25%, so factor that cost in)
  12. KYenglish


    Nov 26, 2010
    SMKW is the largest, says so on their sign, :D I like it, I agree I don't typically like salespeople asking if they can help me every five seconds or watching my every move but they have aways been friendly about it with me, the "safety" conscious aspect to it, like taking you knife(s) to the front where you buy it before you leave, is kinda odd but at leas you don't have to carry it around, there is a lot to see after all. There is lots of cheap/pos stuff there but you can find almost anything we talk about here to although they don't have benchmade but for a few autos. From what I've been told they had a falling out with the sales rep, just gossip mind you.

    When we head down to TN it's about the only chance I get to see a knife in person before I buy it so I like it, for that reason, but like every store nowadays things are more expensive:eek: then you can find online.
  13. bladefoolish


    Mar 26, 2004
    I don't know of a House of Blades in Dallas; I believe it is in Fort Worth.
  14. Alann45


    Jul 4, 2009
    Nicely sums up everything I've heard about it.
    I've never felt any strong desire to go there, though some seem to love it...I guess its the size thing.

    I rarely buy from then online, unless they are having a sale and offering free shipping. Even then the price is just "ok" and not really outstanding.
  15. Salve


    Feb 28, 2012
    I live right beside it and really enjoy the place. Their knife sharpening dept is really good and they just charge a buck for each blade. I like playing with the knives :)
  16. Big Barn

    Big Barn

    Apr 22, 2011
    Red Hill Cutlery in KY has a nice big selection as well as Sheppard Hills Cutlery. Sheppard Hills has 3 facilities in MO & 1 in Ky. If you ever get to the Amish country in Lancaster, PA - you'll need to stop into 'Country Knives', Brian Huegel has a very nice selection too (just outside of Intercourse on Rt 340).
  17. tikkidaddy


    Jan 1, 2012
    SMKW would be the largest in almost every way, positive and negative take your pick, be careful,use your imagination!!
  18. DrivebyTrucker


    Nov 8, 2005
    I like SMKF. The higher prices are worth it. A good place to something of quality that you would rather inspect first hand. Maybe gransfors brooks, spyderco, and mora of sweden are crap. I don't know. Mora knives are certainly cheap there, as are Condor machetes, and spydercos lower end (the end that I like). But they have them there, ready to inspect and purchase. You might pay a few dollars more for a Mora there, but it's one that you inspected. Same with an axe. You can see and feel the wood grain, the edge, to make sure it's the one that you want. They have been very friendly and knowledgeable to me.

    How hasn't received a knife or tool that you wish you would have just paid a few dollars more and got it in person? I am thinking about my brand new, CS special forces shovel right now. Never used. With a dinged up blunt edge and chips in the wood. An ugly thing for sure.
  19. I've only been to three knife shops, all small but they were fun to visit, and I spent a lot of time going back through perusing.

    Country Knives in Lancaster PA; Edgeworks in Frederick MD and Willey Knives in Greenwood DE.

    Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas are both big stores, with a healthy knife selection. I know prices at SMKW are horrible, but I would still like to take a vacation down there. I figure one day to look at the museum, and one day to look at the store.

    Forget the Smokey Mountains... ;) :D
  20. DrivebyTrucker


    Nov 8, 2005
    I am surprised plaza cutlery was mentioned. They are a small knife store. But they are in a very nice shopping mall. As such, they cater to a knife crowed that only wants the best. A good place to buy a Sebenza, Strider, or the like if you are so inclined.

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