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The Unofficial, Official Blade Show 2018 Thread

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Southern Gent, May 2, 2018.

  1. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2015
    We are one month out from Blade show, so it is only appropriate to kick off a thread to discuss who's going, how we can make everyone jealous who isn't, take shots at "Big Deal" and to share the experience with everyone on the forum. Whether you are present or not, there is so much that goes on it is impossible to take it all in during a three day period, so hopefully this thread will be the place to go to live and relive the experience. Here are a few links for reference:

    Blade Show: http://bladeshow.com/

    Floor Plan: http://bladeshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018-Floor-Plan-4-1.pdf

    Exhibitor List: http://bladeshow.com/show/exhibitor-list/

    Tickets: http://bladeshow.com/tickets/

    Really looking forward to seeing everyone again that makes the pilgrimage to Atlanta and for anyone coming in from out of town please reach out to us locals for insight and assistance.

    A few tips:

    1) bring twice as much cash as you think you will need.
    2) get the early bird ticket for Friday and be there no later than 8 am.
    3) bring a chair to sit in the early bird line.
    4) bring a backpack.
    5) bring any items you may want to part with. there is always side wheeling and dealing going on at Blade and you may be able to make some funds/trades for other things you want.
    6) bring lots of dollar bills so that you can shake Big Deal Bob's hand as many times as possible in the Pit. He doesn't just do that sh*t for free. Even Ethan Becker had to give him 2 bits and let him hold his original Kephart.

    Without further ado, roll call, who's coming?
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
  2. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Happy to say that I'll finally be making the pilgrimage from Colorado to attend Blade. Can't wait.
  3. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    Great intro to the 2018 BLADE thread @Southern Gent!! Thanks for the useful info. I've found in the past it pays to plan ahead and have a good idea of the layout (i.e., knowing the locations of makers/dealers) ahead of time.

    I'm in! :thumbsup:
  4. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    I will be there for my first! Looking forward to meeting as many of you as I possibly can!
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  5. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Just booked our hotel this morning
  6. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Trying to figure out if I have the time and money to do it. I have a family event on that Sat. in Birmingham, AL which is a reasonable drive but also money has been tight last few weeks. I would love to go but looking like I won't be going this year if I have any luck I might end up going on Sun. but not sure it will be worth it.
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  7. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2015
    Just so you can plan you weekend accordingly, it would not be worth your time to come on just Sunday. Most everything is sold and visitors and exhibitors alike are spending most of the day packing up and heading out. If you are someone that doesn't require a lot of sleep, it would be worthwhile to come on Friday and spend the evening in the Pit to meet and catch up with folks.
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  8. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    Main reason to consider is I have Family that lives in GA as well a HS friend I would be driving regardless as I live in Nashville, TN area so it isn't terribly out of the way. I do hear you and that is main reason I have also considered a Fri. and Sun. with Sat. in Birmingham but that is a fair bit of travel.
  9. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    And miss out on meeting this guy again??? No way! Blade '18 or Bust Baby!!

    ps Hey Phillip, maybe you could wear this getup just so folks can find you more easily, eh?

    EDIT: I see a definite opportunity here for Fotki mugs or tshirts :D:D
  10. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    omg I have to add Post 9 to my "Things to crack you up when you're having a crappy day" bookmarks

    Anyway, back to topic. I'm shooting to be there Friday, Saturday and hotel checkout is Sunday so I'll be playing Sunday by ear for additional Blade time or heading home time.
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  11. Wondering Wildcat

    Wondering Wildcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 8, 2014
    This being the first year in 10 that I have enough flexibility in my peak season work schedule to getaway during the summer. So I am pleased to announce that I will be making the journey to blade show at the end of the month! (Thank goodness for extra staffing..we have nearly doubled our worldwide techs this year which has allowed me a little more liberty with my free time) looking forward to it like a kid anticipates Christmas.
    Bmurray, Lady1911, Fiddleback and 4 others like this.
  12. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Seriously? Pay extra to get in early and still have to sit in line four+ hours? There are really that many early birds? I thought there was a limited number of these tickets.
  13. Wondering Wildcat

    Wondering Wildcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 8, 2014
    I think the early bird tickets have been sold our for a while now, I don't see them offered on the ticket page anymore.
  14. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Don't be fooled by the suggestion to be in line by 8 AM. The real Blade Show Warriors will be in line at O' Dark Thirty in the very early AM. Last year we stumbled into line at 3 AM. In addition to a folding chair bring a thermos of coffee ! The VIP line will get longer and longer leading up to the show opening. It's quite the experience !
  15. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    I bought a VIP last year and got in line around 10am. Doors open at noon. I got through the doors into the show after 1pm.

    Eh, just buy a normal ticket and show up at 2:15pm and walk right in.
  16. Fiddleback Outpost

    Fiddleback Outpost Fiddleback Forge Knives & Fiddleback Outpost Gear Platinum Member

    Apr 29, 2016
    Here's the opening day schedule. We're at Booth #648 and Fiddleback Forge is at Table 4E...

    BLADE Show – Day One

    10:00AM – Registration opens
    12:00PM – EARLY BIRD ENTRY ONLY (Limited Tickets Available!)
    1:00PM – VIP passholders ONLY
    2:00PM – Show opens to the public
    7:00PM – Show closes Day One

    If you are planning on going and did not already by an Early Bird ticket...let me know. I have several VIP Passes available that get you in all weekend for only $20 at the door. VIP Passes also get you in 1 hour earlier on Friday before they let in the gen-pop.
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  17. Rickoo


    Feb 23, 2017
    My son and I are going. First time. I'd be interested in the VIP passes if they're still available!
  18. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Anyone care to shed some light on the rules, restrictions, protocol for bringing knives into the venue? How has it worked in the past?

    Incidentally, this question was posed on the IG live video that @whitty did a couple nights ago. It sounded to me like there are new or different rules this year, but I can’t imagine not being able to carry multiple knives into the show, especially if they’re intended for trading or presenting to a manufacturer for technical assistance/questions and whatnot. Just doesn’t make sense?
  19. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    "Concealed carry is prohibited at Cobb Galleria. Under no circumstances will guns be allowed in the Cobb Galleria under their no weapons policy. Knives are only allowed in if an attendee will be showing it to an exhibitor, and you must disclose that information up front. No weapons may be carried in concealed."

    Seems like some nonsense. In my 9 or 10 years of attending(as a patron and exhibitor)Ive never stopped and read the rules so I'm not sure if this is new or not.

    That being said....Imma have a couple on me
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  20. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Comfortable shoes is a must
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