Khuks under-represented at Blade

Discussion in 'H.I. Cantina' started by MacHete, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. MacHete

    MacHete Hair Cropper & Chipmunk Wrangler

    Apr 7, 2000
    I finally made it to the Blade Show this year. Had a good time. Chatted with some makers and suppliers. Saw lots of cool stuff. Brought some home. I was keeping an eye out for a few specific things, and Khukuri were one of them. I saw one Pakistani version, and the Kabar and CS KLOs. Are we really that niche? Should we proselytize more? And why doesn't HI set up a table? We could help Aunt Yangdu staff it with volunteers. :)
  2. Karda

    Karda Banned BANNED

    Jun 1, 2007
    We are kind of niche....
    Uncle and Auntie did bladeshow once...
    It cost them to get there and to be there. They didnt end up selling enough to cover the expense let alone cover the lost revenue from having to basically shut down to attend. It doesnt make sense to spend money better used elsewhere. Auntie won't do it again.

    Good ta see ya Mac!
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012
  3. JayGoliath


    Mar 27, 2010
    I asked Auntie once about attending Shot Show 2012 since it's in Vegas. Now i see why.

    Yes. As much as khukuri spawned many hybrid choppers out there, many has chosen their turfs with axes and machetes.
    Acquired taste probably?

    Imitation is the best form of flattery- Busse TTKZ, Ka-bar/Becker Reinhardt, CS Rajah.
  4. tikkidaddy


    Jan 1, 2012
    Speaking of flattery...and I dont mean to hijack here...who is Dr. Myung Gi--and what the hell is the american bando association or Bando---no disrespect intended.

    I think we should start calling the flattery stuff "UKSK's"---unidentified khukuri shaped knives.
  5. Howard Wallace

    Howard Wallace . Moderator

    Feb 23, 1999
    Bando is a martial art that uses the khukuri. HI has some Bando practitioners as customers.
  6. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Blade is now primarilly a show for the makers and manufacturers who regularly advertise in the magazine. I saw very few kukries and only a few antiques. A fun show to visit once a year, but far less diverse then it was years back when it seemed that everyone was there. So while Busse has a huge booth, Randall Made Knives didn't even bother to show up. The show seemed to focus on two sub-sets of collectors, a younger crowd that is into the latest "tactical" knives, and an older crowd that was attracted to higher end custom knives. Swords/ethnographics/more pedestrian custom makers (e.g. throwing knives, HI, part-time makers), retailers, and even collector displays were few and far between. This year they had set aside a significant section of the floor for tactical paraphernalia BOB bags, pre-packaged food, flashlights, flea market junk knives, etc. Cool, but not something that I would go to Blade to see.

  7. Gravelface

    Gravelface Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    It's all about the dollar. No profit in paying a show premium for a True Collector to display his life long collection. HI is neither tactical, cheap junk, nor high end so the market is relatively small for anything that doesn't fit those popular 3.
  8. Howard Wallace

    Howard Wallace . Moderator

    Feb 23, 1999
    The forumites here at the HI forum quietly tend and nurture their little flame. There's always someone watching and caring to keep it alive. If someone really wants to know, they find there way here, or to another similar place.
  9. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Wow - that was very well said, n2s.

    I guess I'm glad I stopped attending a few years ago. I have nothing against the show and will probably attend again sometime in the future as it has always been very profitable. Just takes too much work to get stuff ready for the show - I completely understand Yangdu's reasoning.

    I'm sad to hear that the custom knifemaker presence is diminishing. :(

  10. Dr. 904

    Dr. 904

    May 25, 2012
    Have had a chance to see some Bando through Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's student) who incorporated it into his Jeet Kune Do Concepts. He also incorporated some Thai Krabi Krabong. Sorry, also not trying to hijack.

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