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Knife Show Etiquette

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  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Blade has some good points on an old topic.

    https://blademag.com/knife-collecting/always-practice-proper-knife-show-etiquett?utm_source=bm23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Insights&utm_content=What+Makes+a+Knifemaker+Great?+%7C+How+BLADE+Show+Began+%7C+Etiquette+%7C+And+More&utm_campaign=BL210601&_bta_tid=07224759435476408978460457756577439886140981650254301344526777657987733677452553486285438084028633562122

    Ask Permission
    Always ask an exhibitor’s permission before picking up a knife from his table. Nothing’s worse than some ya-hoo barging up, grabbing a knife and launching into a spiel on how much he knows about knives. Treat the exhibitor like you would any decent human being and ask permission to pick up the knife first.

    Considerations For Folders
    If it’s a folding knife, after asking the exhibitor if you can pick it up, if it’s closed and you want to open it, ask if you can do so (though most every folder maker will expect you to open it, check the action, etc). And if it’s a multi-blade, NEVER open more than one blade at a time. It puts too much pressure on the backsprings and can cause undue wear and tear. If you’ve bought the knife, then open all the blades you want (though it will still cause undue wear on the backsprings). And if you open the blade(s), close it/them before handing the knife back to the maker.

    Hand Someone A Knife Safely
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    Mind Your Edges & Tips
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    Your blades are your responsibility! Mind those edges and tips. Nothing is ruder than gouging someone on your 6 because you’re strolling around with a sword under your armpit like some 18th-century field marshal.

    Say It, Don’t Spray It
    Be careful when you are examining an exhibitor’s knife not to spray spittle on the knife. Some people tend to “spray it instead of say it,” and spittle, if not wiped off, can cause “spit pits,” or tiny rust spots.

    Wait Your Turn
    Never interrupt an ongoing conversation at an exhibitor’s table. The exhibitor might be in the process of selling a knife and if you barge in and start blabbing away, it may chase the buying customer off. Besides that, it’s rude.

    Make Way For Business
    If you’re talking to an exhibitor and have no intention of buying a knife and see someone next to you who obviously is intent on buying a knife from the exhibitor, politely bow out and give way to the potential buyer.

    Leave “I’ll Be Back” To Arnold
    Before leaving his/her table, unless you are really going to do it, never tell the exhibitor, “I’ll be back.” Don’t be labeled an “I’ll Be Backer”! [​IMG]


    Haggling
    Don’t haggle over price with custom knifemakers. They know how much time, effort and materials they put into a knife. If you don’t like the price, move on.

    Getting In Close
    Using a loupe to examine an antique knife is one thing but don’t use one to examine the custom maker’s knife at the maker’s table. It’s just not very good form. Now, if it’s a custom knife sold by a purveyor, that’s different. After all, if you have a question about the knife’s authenticity, it is possible that the purveyor made a mistake in buying the knife. We all err at times, right?

    These are a few of the rules of knife show etiquette. There are others. Practice proper knife show etiquette and your entire show experience will benefit as a result.
     
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  2. bikerdoc

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    Well said.
     
  3. sparkyv

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    Curious...why hand knife to another blade up?
     
  4. Jesse Heywood

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    Lowers the chance of getting cut.
     
  5. sparkyv

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    I've always done it this way.

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    As an aspiring knife maker I would go to all the makers and if they were alone I'd talk to them about knifemaking. I talked to many makers and they were all very helpful - they are generally a great bunch. The only time a maker dissed my knives and damn near made me quit was when I visited Loveless at his shop. I'd heard he wasn't the nicest guy and really got to see it up close. But the makers at Blade Show were wonderful and helped me greatly, so if you make knives or are thinking about talk to these guys!
     
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    With expensive custom knives it is a courtesy to not touch the blade since some people have acidic sweat.
     
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    Easily tweaked advice for firearms as well.

    Todd.
     
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    Other knife handling advice, whether at a show or elsewhere:

    NEVER attempt to catch a falling knife (or gun)

    ALWAYS say "thank you" to acknowledge that you now have full control of the knife during a hand off.
     
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    OK, now THAT makes sense. Now I can sleep soundly!
     
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    That's the way we learned, and taught, in Boy Scouts to earn the Totin' Chip, a required card at summer camp to be allowed to carry a knife or hatchet. Along with that way to hold the offered knife, the rest of the lesson was for the receiver to say, "Thank you," indicating a firm grip on the handle, ready to take possession. Only when the offerer hears that TY does the grip loosen on the blade.
    Note the position of the blade in the rp ensures that if the receiver pulls or snatches the knife away, the blade is never a danger to teh offeror.
     
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    I guess the featured grip is good etiquette for a knife show with pricey blades they want protected, but for everyday use I would prefer a full 5 fingers on the blade for more control, as shown in post #5 here..

    Holding the handle with just 2 fingers would not make me feel confident I had the control I'd feel comfortable with.
     
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    A lot of that, if not most of it, I was told by my mother as a small child. Seems like she just called it being respectful.



    Some of it is a good reminder though, I’m sometimes guilty of not proper handing someone a knife. Where I work we use paper knives a lot, we have a way of passing them that most people wouldn’t approve of, but it works for us.
     
  15. hso

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    Say hi to Justin for me. And Sal, Eric, John, Kim, Andy, etc. I have a class in session now (1 of 3 a year), so this month would be impossible for me.
     
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    *sigh* One day I will make it to Blade Show, where all the goodies are kept and sold before I ever have a chance to see them.
     
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    Jerry Hossom's son Alex is a remarkable maker in his own right. 20210605_065443.jpg
     
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    Don't cut yourself and bleed on the knife or the case the rest are in. According to my brother, who worked with the guys at kershaw/ZT, it happens a lot and they have to throw all the knives away when it does.
     
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