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Biggest Knife Show In Alberta?

Discussion in 'Knife Shows & Events' started by Jim T, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Question for everyone who's familiar with the knife shows in western Canada. Last year the Metal Art Show Sale in Wetaskiwin, Alberta hosted 20 custom knifemakers who displayed and sold their knives.

    Does anyone know if there's another show in Alberta featuring as many knife makers? And for that matter, anyone have any idea what the largest knife show in western Canada is?

    I'm wondering if I'd be lying if I billed the Metal Art Show and Sale as the largest custom knife show in Alberta.

    Jim T
     
  2. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    No comments from anyone?

    Jim T
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I'll comment, Jim. I just don't have an answer for you. I guess that tells us you are indeed the big show in town. Maybe when it comes to promotion, "best" is better than "biggest".
     
  4. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Jim,
    The gun show in Calgary attracts a lot of knife makers. Just guessing but must be close to 20 or more
     
  5. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    But I wanna be BOTH, Tim! :)

    The count from last Easter's AACCA's Alberta Arms and Cartridge Collector Association) Calgary Gun Show was in the teens. Be curious to see how many knifemakers will be there this year.

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  6. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Kids today.

    But if you really want to be the biggest, what's it worth to you? I mean, perhaps you can provide some incentive to attract even more makers to come.
     
  7. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    My thoughts exactly, Tim. I'm just trying to figure out a cost-effective lure that would work. Haven't been to any of the larger shows outside of Canada so I'm not quite sure what they use to bring in the knifemakers -- aside from huge crowds of potential customers.

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  8. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Population (or lack thereof) is certainly a detriment. Huge crowds help, since only a small percentage will actually buy. Maybe there are ways to get people in the mood to buy. If you have space, you could try adding a cutting competition. Watching a bunch of knives hacking 2x6s and slashing ropes might get people itchy for some new sharps.

    As for the makers, I assume you charge for a table setup. Perhaps, if it's in the budget, you could offer a slightly reduced rate (even for the first X number of signups).
     
  9. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I wish I could make a table full of knives and take a weekend and hang with like-minded individuals.
     
  10. boatbuilder

    boatbuilder New Member

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    Just do it. It is an awesome weekend with other knife makers.
     
  11. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    I like that idea, Tim. As a matter of fact, I've been soliciting ideas for demonstrations from the knife makers who are regulars at the Metal Art Show and Sale. Bevel grinding, etching Damascus, fit and glue-up of a knife, blade sharpening and anodizing titanium are a few of the suggestions so far.

    You are so right, Jim (Boatbuilder)! Hey Dan, you don't have to display knives to enjoy the company of other knife makers. Swing on by on Saturday. We always go out for supper after the show closes at the end of the day. New faces are always welcome!

    Jim T
     
  12. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    I’m hoping to make it in 2019 been planning it for awhile now . Keeping my fingers crossed
     
  13. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    We always have a lot of fun, Kevin. Checking out everyone's knives, chatting about the infinite number of techniques for doing this and that, sharing stories, making new friends and catching up with old ones. The knife making community is like no other I've encountered. Most everyone genuinely enjoys each others' company and there are very few who won’t offer help and advice to a fellow maker.

    It’s funny, along with a whole bunch of knife makers, the Metal Art Show and Sale also features metal sculptors, jewelry makers, blacksmith artists, CNC artists, silversmiths, engravers and coppersmiths. All of those artists don’t want to be too close to someone else who is displaying similar work EXCEPT for the knife makers. They all want to be together. It’s as much a social gathering as it is an opportunity to sell their knives. Gotta love it!

    Jim T
     
  14. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Very true Jim
    I just looking forward to going and chatting with guys more than selling knives . And I look forward to get to see Dennis Paish again he’s a good friend .
     

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