Quantcast

Blade and Blade Show sold to Caribou Media

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by hso, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    49,810
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    Rumors were flying around like angry bees during the Blade Show that the show had been sold to XYZ.

    I've known the editor of Blade Steve Shackleford for a loooong time so I stopped in the lobby of the show and asked. XYZ turns out to be Caribou Media.

    Caribou publishes Gun Digest.

    I hope they understand that Blade and their demographic are both users and collectors and that the collectors are like art collectors as much as anything.
     
  2. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2014
    Messages:
    150
    Location:
    Texas
    I was not fortunate enough to go to the show, but I guess we'll see if Carbou won't screw things up.
     
  3. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Messages:
    21,253
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Fingers crossed.
     
  4. RA40

    RA40 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    396
    Location:
    California
    That was one of the scary parts about shows when they were sold. We'd done the Las Vegas Classic and that eventually became integrated into Beinfield's Antique Arms Show. Blade Show West ceased as Krause Publications and the many west coast makers would have liked. The Plaza Cutlery Show is now among the next gen carrying on. Nordic Knives changed format following the Art Knife Invitational. Then the variety of attempts of other shows along the way. The off shoot of Plaza Cutlery was the Hawaii show which was bought by a new promoter.

    Times change, we look for the best to carry on.
     
  5. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    6,586
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    49,810
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    This Blade was pretty screwed up.

    Exhibitor badges couldn't be picked up until load-in, but you couldn't load in without a badge.
    Attempted to shut load-in down an hour early on Th (makers and exhibitors refused to give in and quickly pointed out the published times for load in).
    Second hall exhibitors couldn't load in until Th evening.

    Exhibitors made to line up like kindergarteners to get in Fri and Sat.

    Computer service went down and the promoter couldn't process cards for people wanting to attend, but they didn't have enough cash for change for big bills (which is what you carry to the show). When someone complained one of the staff told them there was an ATM around the corner (to which I replied, "You want him to pay a $5 fee to get $45 cash because you're not prepared to make change?").

    They could be worse, but there are already people talking about setting up a competing show in Nashville for Memorial Day weekend.
     
  7. RA40

    RA40 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    396
    Location:
    California
    Wow. That is a pretty unforgiving situation to place the show attendees through. At the end of the Plaza Cutlery Show we'd been discussing about how many chances a stumbling show would get, cumulative answer was 1. Wait and see...
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice