Although i look forward to the Canadian Knifemaker Guild show every year, there is always something in particular about the show that i am especially excited about. I will let you in on a little secret…weeks before the show i start emailing the makers to see who is coming and what they are bringing. And this year i was thrilled to learn of the return of Wally Hayes after nearly a decade of absence! For the longest time, Wally was the only Canadian recognized as an ABS Mastersmith and is a fantastic knifemaker.
Ironically we arrived at the same time in the parking lot! After checking in, we caught up in the lobby, along with a group of knifemakers including Brian Tighe, Wolgang Loerchner, Murray St. Amour, Mike Mossignton, Ron Post, and newcomers from Quebec, Patrick Leblanc and Guillaume Longval.
Eventually we were joined by Jim Emmons and Nathan Knowles…Beautiful temper line on Jim’s bowie..easy to see why he won two awards at last year’s show.
Friends of the Guild Pre-Show
After many years of my reviews, i am sure you all know the drill…down to the Friends of the Guild pre-show after a quick bite.
Not surprisingly, my first stop was Wally Hayes! Sadly both of these were sold, but that’s ok, because i ordered some of my own..along with a sword! I am so stoked to have THREE Hayes on order!
Can’t decide between forward and reverse grip??
This Brian Tighe will let you do both!
Can’t decide between damascus or not?
Again, do both
More beauties from Brian.
Next i went to have a second look at Jim Emmon’s bowie…although i had to wait for Murray White to finish his examination
It’s hard to believe Les Couteliers du ValBlanc have been making knives for just less than a year….seems like they have been at it for years.
Also from Quebec, some very artistic pieces from Stephanie Lemelin
And some unconventional karambits from Nathan Knowles…love the bolts on the sheaths!
Speaking of unconventional, you may remember that crazy ginormous axe from David MacDonald a few shows ago..this time he brought a Kriss blade
Back to more traditional designs…hunters / utility knives from Murray St.Amour
and Paul Bold
A mix of fixed blades in damascus by Steve Vanderkolff
And folders by Rod Olson
never know what you will see…a fellow collector’s knifeart Sebenza
Last but not least, the collaboration knife.
Pretty good turnout for the pre-show.
ok one last drink with Wally and Christophe before heading out. ..can’t wait till the show tomorrow
The 19th Annual Canadian Knifemaker Guild Show
For those of you who have seen my recent reviews of car and bicycle shows, you would know that i think “gold is the new black”…so i thought it would be fun to hunt down a gold knife. It did not take long! In the first few minutes of the show i found this beautiful fillet knife on Mike Mossington’s table! Given the match to my shoes and the fact that i don’t have any custom fillet knives, i just had to buy it (I am sure you all accessorize your shoes and knives as well, right?).
Thanks Mike! More fillet knives, along with hunters / utility knives by Mike Mossington.
Ok with my first purchase down, i wanted to check in with Wally Hayes to re-create the photo we took at his last show in 2002…
Yup, i haven’t changed a bit lol
Wally was also kind enough to autograph the latest issue of Blade featuring the steampunk tanto he made for Guns ‘N Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
Thanks to William Nease for supplying the swords for my retro pic. The shorter one I am holding, with titanium blade and carbide edge was my favourite of your selection this year. Here’s a video of William telling us about this blade.
And more table shots…that red and white handled pocket axe was hella cool! It is shocking to believe i bought two knives from you at your first show NINE years ago!!! It is insane how time flies!
Next Brian Tighe. I know that you were at the East Coast Custom Knife Show in New York last week but purposely held back some knives for the CKG…thanks, we appreciate it!
I’m still loving that dual blade!
Wolfgang Loerchner also at ECCKS last week, did the same by bringing a knife to sell at the CKG..but it did not last long and sold at the pre-show.
Rod Olsen was set-up next to Brian Tighe…i admit that i was not too familiar with his knives but i liked what i saw! Very “clean” work on these button lock folders and i like the use of lots of different materials. I liked the jigged bone flipper and carbon fiber with green G10 insert the best, i think.
Here’s a vid of Rod telling us about his most popular model.
By this time Guardian Gear arrived and i was anxious to check out the RMJ Forge Jenny Wren that i reserved..given their focus on fulfilling military orders, RMJs are very hard to come by, especially with unique camo patterns.
It was just as great as past RMJ products i have seen so buying it was a no-brainer. Besides, after buying a gold knife, i needed to get something more tactical so you all don’t think i have completely lost my mind.
More great selection at Guardian Gear including Emerson, Strider, Zero Tolerance, Spyderco and more.
I was also looking forward to seeing Peter Rassenti’s integral folders, especially the one with damascus blade…nice work
Here is another look at David MacDonald’s kriss from the pre-show
Now how about this cleaves made from a car leaf spring!
More from David
Some nice forged blades by Christoph Derringer, who is an ABS Mastersmith…and very generous with his knowledge to other makers
Last year i liked Nathan Knowles karambit the best, this year he brought several of them
along with the sword that he explains in this video
I liked the dual knife set the best on Steve Vanderkolpf’s table
My favourites from Murray St. Amour were the fillet knife with red / white handle (middle, second from bottom)
and this miniature.
For fans of miniatures, Jim Downie had a few
more from Jim Downie
Folders from Steve Linklater
Forged bowies from Jim Emmons
Paul Bold just finished building his shop so expect to see more from him including folders
Les Couteliers du ValBlanc
Last but least, dealers and collectors
Murray White, who will also be posting pics
Russ Coultrub, i especially liked the Scream movie knives
And finally some show pics
After the show we headed to Lonestar for a USN get-together…thanks to A.T.R. for organizing! We had a great turnout
Including a guest of honour!
And big thanks to wildfire for bringing your JLC..yes, you should have brought the depth gauge as well lol
Also cool to see the newest Lum-Tec
And other goodies like these unique sheaths
See you next year!