Maintaining a keen edge on your knife requires sharpening on a regular basis. However, that isn’t always done and the edge may go almost completely dull as a result. According to Clay Allison of Wicked Edge, his company has the tools to bring your knife back from the edge of dull. Let him show you how.
Have a panel of award-winning knifemakers share their decades of knowledge and experience in critiquing your custom knife. Ernie Emerson, Steve Schwarzer, Andreas Kalani, Enrique Pena and Mike Tyre will go over every square inch of your knife and tell you what is good about it, what is not and how you can make it better. This will be a limited seating event. Bring one knife only. Questions from attendees will be entertained throughout. Sign-ups will be held onsite.
Joe Maynard of Primitive Grind will demonstrate finishing and polishing of various materials including steel to mirror finish and wood and composites using Combat Abrasives airway wheels and compounds. Attendees will also have a hand’s on opportunity to go from a 600 grit finish to a mirror finish for steel.
Ernest Emerson, CEO of Emerson Knives, Inc. will present “In this modern world of unchallenging sameness, there are still those among us who choose to stand apart—those that willfully separate themselves from the herd, those who refuse to be counted in the roll call of commonality, and those determined to deny the mind-numbing regimen of spirit-crushing conformity,” Emerson observed. “Those who choose this path are the uncommon among us. Each represents the uncommon man. If you have ever wondered, ‘Am I the last of my kind?’ then join me in a discussion of the values of being the uncommon man, and the strength it will require to preserve our way of life for the future generations yet to come.”
Since 2006, Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery, Hillsboro, Oregon, has been been sharing and teaching traditional Japanese Bladesmithing techniques with a limited number of uniquely qualified apprentices. Over the years, the number of loyal apprentices has grown and currently seven highly skilled Bladesmiths are working under the cooperative company name Muteki Knives.
This is a rare opportunity to meet all of the Carter Cutlery Muteki Bladesmiths, and participate in a round table discussion where participants may direct specific questions to each of the apprentices. Such questions as “What made you decide to become a bladesmith?” or, “What should I do if I want to become a bladesmith?”, etc. will be openly discussed at this session.
Award-winning knifemakers Luke Swenson will show you how it’s done based on Swenson’s video tutorial “Slipjoints with Luke Swenson.” Basic setup, assembly, tang geometry, spring tension, fixtures and tuning, including the Ruple Gauge and the Elite Folder Jig from Metal Head Tools, will be among the highlights.
WCFC is a balisong/butterfly knife flipping tournament held annually at Blade Show West. The competition features 32 flippers in a head-to-head live blade showdown for wicked sick prizes and massive bragging rights.
Join us for the most exciting flipping competition of the year. All audience members will have a chance to win amazing prizes (t-shirts, gift cards, and more)! WCFC is free to watch for all Saturday Blade Show West ticket holders.
There are 26 spots available for online pre-registration. There will be six walk-in spots available, and they will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will accept walk-ins starting on Friday, October 8th at booth 549 until Saturday, October 9th, 2:00 pm, or until all the spots are filled.
Please register in advance if you wish to secure a spot to compete. Registration for West Coast Flipping Championship is $25. All competitors must have a valid Saturday Blade Show West ticket to compete. Registration will be closed when all the spots are filled.