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Old 09-26-2007, 10:25 AM
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Attending shows, How important?

Les, I have some health issues and it will be a stuggle for me to attend shows and I have a limited budget as well but will try to plan one. My question is, how important is it and which one is the best bang for the buck.

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Old 09-26-2007, 02:26 PM
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Hi Dan,

Sounds like the best course of action would be to build a web site. You can ask our very own Alex to help you with that.

Shows are great. The down side is, it does take a few years to establish yourself at that show and it's only 2-3 days a year. Where as a web site is 24/7/365

I would suggest you look for a custom knife show as close to you as possible. Preferably within driving distance.

A show like Blade is great to go to...but lots of competition.

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-26-2007, 04:30 PM
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Les, I have a web site and I dont mind the competition. I am willing to make an investment, even If I dont sell one, will probably not have a lot to sell as most of what I make gets purchased quite quickly. I am not new to this as I have been making knives for 18 + yrs. I introduced Terry Primos to a belt grinder and the forge and helped get him started. He and I attended ABS meetings together. My point is, I am not a newbie. Will compare my knives to any junior smith and some mastersmiths. I really hate to toot my horn but I am not a bad bladesmith. Look at the d-guard I just posted (not a good photographer though). Which show will you think would be the best bang for the buck for exposure. Thats all I really want. And I really do hate to comment on my blades. My mom did teach me better than that, And I take critisicm for what it is. A veiw to improve. Thanks for your time and any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-26-2007, 08:04 PM
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Dan, the Arkansas show is within (long) driving distance for you, and with your forged blades, might be the best venue for you. It's also considerably less expensive than Blade.


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Old 10-22-2007, 12:48 AM
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Spirit of Steel isn't that far away from you either and it's all nice smooth interstate. I usually make that drive in less than 4 hours.
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