Blade Show West Cancelled for 2010

Blade Magazine cancels the Pacific Northwest knife event

F+W Media President, David Blansfield, cites economy for canceling this year’s show. Blade Magazine is owned by F+W Media.

“Given the state of the exhibitor economy at present we have decided not to produce Blade Show West in 2010, but we will produce the event in subsequent years when we’re confident exhibitors will be able to support it.”

David Blansfield President, F+W Media

The good news is their 700 exhibitor Atlanta Show, the world’s largest knife show, scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6th 2010 is not affected by this decision and is full steam ahead.

Cutlery News Journal Makes History!

knives2010Cutlery News Journal (CNJ) is recognized by Krause Publications’ Knives 2010– The World’s Greatest Knife Book by making their Knife Publication list.  Cutlery News Journal is the first blog to make the list. All other knife publications shown are traditional print media.

CNJ began last year and is the first independent knife collector news blog. Blogs are web media outlets published electronically. All articles are stored for easy topic search by their subscribers.

Krause Publications is a subsidiary of F + W Media, the leading enthusiast content provider and marketer of magazines, including Blade, books, conferences, and interactive media properties.

Photo credit: Krause Publications

New Collectible Auction Sites Abound

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If you have been following the saga with eBay lately, you are aware some of the changes it made last year angered a lot of sellers, then they shut down eBay Live Auctions. 

eBay Live allowed auction houses to advertise and run their auctions in “real time.” Not only did they get traffic and bidders on eBay, it added an Internet-bidding component to their real-life auctions. 

We follow eBay closely here at CNJ because it is the largest auctioneer of knives. At the time of this writing, there are over 74,500 listing under “knife.”

With eBay angering their seller base and then shutting down of eBay Live Auctions, newly formed online auctioneers are jumping in to grab some of the market. 

  • LiveAuctioneers issued a press release announcing its plans to launch an independent online-bidding platform.
  • Ableauctions (iCollector.com) partnered with the National Auctioneers Association to provide the service to the NAA’s membership of 6000 auctioneers nationally. Their joint venture is called NAALive.
  • worthpointgoantiquesGoAntiques.com  reportedly offered more than 500,000 items from 1,450-plus dealers in 27 countries and logs more than 1 million visits and thousands of transactions each month. GoAntiques was recently purchased by WorthPoint.  
  • WorthPoint.com announced this week a newly designed collectors site emphasizing social networking, member profiles and news from the collector world. It has also integrated GoAntiques into its platform.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see F+W Media try to carve out a niche in the knife auction business through Blade with this online auction platform.