I went to both shows. The fun thing for me at SICAC was seeing Matt Diskin, who is also from the Pac NW, and whom I first met many, many years ago. The SICAC clearly isn't what it used to be. It is taking place in a meh area of Paris, a little bit out of the way. The spread of makers was fine but there were few top names. To me the most interesting table was that of Jean-Pierre Martin, who makes very fine folders indeed. When I was there on Thursday, close to 10% of the tables were not occupied (yet?). I did not stay long. One plus for this show is that a number of makers were set up to take Visa.
The FICX is a different game altogether. It had a number of top names, and the venue was superb (and very conveniently located, although the public transportation strike did not help). I spent a lot more time (and a lot more money...) at that second show. I bought a Jens Ansø Casino in bronze and one of their mid tech chef's knives. No maker was advertising to take Visa (though I was able to transact with Jens very easily using PayPal on my phone), and a few makers didn't have any price on their table, which is silly IMHO.
Even though most of my collection is made up of fixed blades, I was most drawn towards the folders. The makers I really noticed were, in no particular order, Petr Hofman, from Tchec Republic (superb design and work), Pekka Tuominen, from Finland (lovely traditional knives, with a twist), Jens Anso of course (him and a few other makers had the smoothest feeling mechanisms), Nicolas Couderc, from France (great work at a reasonable price. His tail lock was butter smooth, and the lock near invisible), Philippe Jourget, who was selling his fine tactical ware via tombola, and Jean-Pierre Sucheras, from France, who makes gorgeous traditional folders.
There were a number of Fins at the show and in addition to Pekka Tuominen, I was impressed by Matti Kunelius, who had a lovely offering, in materials that are not so common these days (a sterling handled carving set comes to mind).