SICAC / Paris Show 2019

Joss

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I have relocated to Paris for the next few months (to take care of my Dad's estate :(), which gives me the opportunity to check the Paris show. I'll probably drop in today. Anyone else going?
 

parfums95

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Sincere condolences for your father . I'm exibitor on the show come to see me on lunch or dinner together. You will not be alone ...
Thursday night there is a cocktail can be we will see us

(we will try to do a report for Blade Forum, of course)
 
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not this year, I had a table last year at SICAC,, you can check out the FICX show the same weekend, it's in a little nicer venue and area of Paris.
 

Joss

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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).
 

Dago Red

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Bottom three knives second pic, damn I’d like to see more of those. The blade on that second one is straight sexy

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