Best of Show- NCKA Knife Show

Weekend Edition

We are all winners when knife folks support the knife community by taking the time and preparation to enter knife show contests.

Earlier this week, we focused on knife displays and their benefits to collectors and the exhibitors. There is also another contest held at most knife shows, and it is the Best of the Show Custom Knife. So, without further ado allow me to present the two Best of Show winners of the NKCA’s show in Dalton earlier this month.


Gary Kennedy Hunter & Trapper Display

Gary Kennedy's Hunter & Trapper Display

Gary displayed an excellent collection of Case hunters and trappers.



Doug Casteel's Dark Shadow (click to enlarge)

Knife maker Doug Casteel of Monteagle, TN describes the knife and making process for us-

Doug Casteel- Best of Show Winner

Doug Casteel- Best of Show Winner

“First, the blade is 12 inches long and overall the knife is 16 1/4 inches. The handle is of Picasso marble and resembles bare winter trees at dusk in colors of black and gray.

The blade is carved and pierced in a scroll pattern. The pattern was first cut into the steel with a graver and the material between the scrolls was removed with drills.  Once this was finished, I detailed the holes to match the scroll with small burrs and diamond carvers, this took a very long time. I use very fine pure sand and blast the areas I wish to texture.  These areas are then rubbed with black enamel until the proper shades of black and gray are complete.”

6th Annual NW Georgia Knife Show


Future NKCA President

This weekend, the National Knife Collectors Association sponsored Dalton Knife Show finished strong and the Association declared the show a resounding success.

Even in the midst of a serve economic recession, knife folks turned out, both dealers and collectors. The current conditions didn’t seem to have a measurable impact. In fact, dealer participation surpassed the NCKA’s expectations. I don’t have access to the door receipts, but witnessed a good crowd overall for the show that started mid-day Friday and ran through 2:00 today.

The crowd of buyers ranged from the hard-core serious collectors on Friday to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. The NKCA reached out to the Boy and Girl Scouts in the area and I saw several youngsters in attendance over the weekend.

There was a good mix of knives for sale from everyday carry knives, to high-end antiques and customs. I even saw several antique knife displays available also.

Additional information from the show will be topics later this week, but allow me to say, the show was FUN. Make plans to attend one of the others scheduled throughout the year.

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6th Annual NW GA Knife Show


NKCA's Dalton, Ga Show

NKCA's Dalton, Ga Show

Do you have it down to hit the “Dalton Show” coming up next weekend? If not, come on. The Dalton Show gets better each year and this year represents its 6th birthday.

Also, CNJ is going to be there. Yes, that’s right. Dalton marks the first show in the history of Cutlery News Journal we will have a table to do knife news business.

tc-with-cherry-blossomsThe staff and crew of CNJ are excited to attend this year in their official capacity. Over the years our trip to Dalton has always been an elephant expedition, and it is good hunting ground. This year, however, we are there on official business, and yet, we’ll still have our guns loaded in case we see a trophy.

Show details- 

National Knife Collectors Association Sponsored Northwest Georgia Knife Show 

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15th

North West Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Ga. (90 miles north of Atlanta)

Hotels, times, costs, etc- visit the NKCA

Hope to see you there. Look us up. We’ll be reporting live from this remote location. Please come by and say hello. 


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