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Steven Steals the (Solvang Knife) Show and skull crushers...

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Trent Rock, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Trent Rock

    Trent Rock

    Jun 29, 2007
    I had a good time!!!
    Didn't buy any knives :(
    You custom knife collectors must be Thurston B. Howell III rich!!;) is all I have to say about that
    I saw a few knife makers that I am gonna keep my eye on

    Daniel Winkler had some cool tomahawks he made for the military
    He "donates" them to our fightin' men :thumbup:
    Skull crusher option IS standard...BTW
    (Actually other people donate 300 bucks and he sends a fightin' man (or woman) a hatchet and a laminated card telling who paid for it)

    I liked the Bud Nealy knives
    P.J. Tomes, Hendrickson, Ken McFall and D.E. Friendly were some other makers that had knives I liked
    (I like the old school coffin style knives a lot)

    Observation from a knife show n00by===>
    It was crowded
    The knife handle material guy in the back corner had a monopoly..His table was crowded
    I like the video displays that they have running on some tables
    The Japanese knife makers looked lonely...They had some nice looking knives too
    There wasn't TOO many Damascus steel knives
    (I PERSONALLY think they are ugly..I appreciate the craftsmanship and time involved...But..They just don't do it for me)
    Every table was very friendly and helpful
    Some tables didn't have price tags..Maybe this is of the "if you have to ask the price...." philosophy?..I like to see prices myself..Even if it's balpark/negotiable
    The miniature knife dude was hopping:thumbup: (he had a monopoly as well)
    Those are some cool miniature knives!!
    Trent liked
    I wanna know where everyone was getting the bloody marys ;) :confused:
    I saw a lot of resellers
    One guy was on the phone with his wife telling her how he won a knife lottery and sold it for 200 bucks profit 10 minutes later
    It brought a grin to my face and a tear to my eye....
    Another guy son a lottery and got offered 2K but he refused===>
    ("Pffft....it's worth AT LEAST 4k....)
    I've never seen Alisal St so crowded
    Parking was ample behind Tower Pizza though
    I didn't see Wayne Goddard
    I looked everywhere for him
    I wanted to see his wares cause I really like his 42 Dolla' Knife Shop Book
    The weather was PERFECT
    Solvang is a cool town..I like it more and more each time I visit..Everyone knows everyone and it has that small town feel
    Nordic knives does a great job promoting this
    I used my 2 dollar off flyer I got from their store a few weeks ago
    Who says flyers are useless in todays internet era??
    I heard that it is going bi-annual???
    I look forward to going next year or the next
    I was amazed that even I recognized a lot of the names
    I guess I know more about custom makers than I thought....

    My film studies professor always emphasized the importance of an establishing shot

    Kinda has that casino/Texas hold em' tournament feel with the low chandeliers

    Steven and his buddy
    Mr. Segal making an informed consumer cutlery choice
  2. RWS

    RWS Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2003
    Winkler is a class act from head to toe. He's definitely one of my favorites because of that......and he makes one heck of an awesome group of knives. :thumbup:
  3. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Trent - you rock. The last pic is of Curt Erickson and Julie Warenski-Erickson, with Steven Segal about ready to pick up Julie's masterpiece. I was holding down the D'Holder table immediately behind them with D's wife (D' was sick -first time EVER) and when Curt told me Segal had just been there holding that knife, I couldn't believe I missed the shot. Thanks to you, I've now got it on my hard drive.

    EDIT: Incidentally, the knife he was admiring/handling was the Julie Warenski-Erickson that is featured on Knifeart.com.
  4. RL


    Aug 24, 1999
    haha i am literally watching Under Siege on TV right now :)

    thanks for the review
  5. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    Thanks for the pics and update. I wish I was there!
  6. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Thanks very much for the review - appreciate your thoughts and pics.

  7. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    Thanks for the review and pix.
  8. Joss

    Joss Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 20, 2001

    Anyone has more pics of the show & knives?
  9. Murray White

    Murray White Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 1999
    Just got an email in from Scot Slobodian and here are his comments regarding the Solvang show (posted with his permission)

    "It was a wonderful show...huge turnout. Solvang is also a very pleasent social affair and it was even more so this year. Everyone got the word and came for the last regular show. Steven Segal, Shelley Berman, and David Crosby came as usual for the celebs.

    Shortly after it began, Steve D'Lack from the NYC series of shows announced the start of a new show in Santa Barbara next year at the same time. It will be every other year to match the new Solvang Invitational. We all just shifted over. So, now all of the makers won't be broke in the Spring.

    We are all making a special knife for Nordic Knives like we did for Shelley Berman a couple of years ago...but it didn't get finished in time! It's still three
    months off but I got my part done in time.

    I sold a damascus carving knife and fork set made of stainless damasteel and musk ox horn to Shelley. I moved three more pieces along and I also sold lots of my
    Japanese bowls and Barbara sold a lot of her Japanese jewelery.

    Harumi won the best knife of show with a fantastic folder with mother of pearl koi swimming up a stream. "

    Someday, I have to add a Hirumi Huryama piece to my collection. Would have loved to see the award winner. Major Louis Chow has a most incredible fighter made by HH about 10 years ago.

    No show photographer at Solvang this year? No on else take any photos?
  10. USSR


    Dec 23, 2005
    WHAT??? My parents live in Santa Barbara! Where are they hosting it? PARTY AT MY HOUSE!
  11. OldPhysics


    Sep 2, 2006
    I have enjoyed every Winkler knife and hatchet I have ever seen. And the craftsmanship on those sheaths! :eek:
  12. Trent Rock

    Trent Rock

    Jun 29, 2007
    I was playing the role of n00by, shy guy
    I didn't know if the makers would mind if I took pictures of their ware
    I thought maybe they didn't want the designs stolen or something like that
    Next time I will take some pics of the knives:cool:

    SAnta Barbara!!!
    I live 10 minutes north of SB
    Any idea what venue?
    I know Earl Warren Showgrounds had a knife and gun show a few months ago
    Maybe they can have it at the Fess Parker Resort and Fess can show up in his Davey Crockett regalia :eek:
  13. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    The new show will be at the Fess Parker. It will include antiques and watches, too. Or so I've heard.

    The last Solvang Show in the current format was a lot of fun. I'm sure Dave Harvey's new format in 2010 will continue to bring in some of top makers, as well as buyers.

    Nice to see and hang out with some old friends. Really enjoyed our table at the barbecue, Ron Newton, Thor and my good friend Jay from LA.

    No pictures, sorry.

  14. El Lobo

    El Lobo

    Sep 6, 2002
    Good report Trent!! :thumbup::thumbup:

    Thanks for sharing here.


    P. S.
    No Bloody Marys...there is always Mead. :D

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