For immediate release, from the desk of BladeShow.com
BLADE Show management is proud to announce that it is the new owner of the International Custom Cutlery Exhibition. And, in its first official proclamation in its new role, BLADE Show management indicated the 2021 International Custom Cutlery Exhibition—ICCE for short—will be held March 26-27, once again at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tickets were slated to go on sale in November.
The successor to the old Knifemakers’ Guild Show, the ICCE was first held in Kansas City in September 2015 before moving to the new site in Fort Worth in March 2019. The initial change to ICCE encompassed members of both the Guild and the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) exclusively as exhibitors all under one roof in one show—the first time such an event had ever been tried. The ICCE met with decent initial success, including a good first show in Fort Worth, but show coordinator Jerry Moen and officials of both the Guild and the ABS wanted more. Meanwhile, BLADE Show management showed interest in running the event. It was time for a change in show leadership—and what better hands to place the reins of that leadership in than that of the BLADE Show team?
“The only way the ICCE can do what it needs to do is with the help of BLADE Show management,” Moen observed, adding that the promotional tool that is BLADE® Magazine is an invaluable tool to add to the mix, too. Chimed in ABS Chairman Steve Dunn, “I think the change will be a good thing. I think BLADE Show management will be able to reach more people and generate a lot of new interest in the show.”
According to BLADE Show officials, their goal for the first year or so of the new arrangement is to keep the ICCE close to what it has been before slowly transitioning in the ensuing years to more of a…
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for, Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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