California is the happening place for knife shows this month. Just two weeks after the much-anticipated return of Blade Show West, the California Custom Knife Show will be opening its doors, providing a smaller, collector-centric venue for custom makers and their work.
As the name would indicate, the CCKS focuses on custom makers. Now, the term ‘custom’ means a lot of different things on its own, but in addition there will be some production companies present – particularly those that specialize in high-end pieces with lots of hand finishing like Reate. Shirogorov is obviously best known for its highly desirable custom work, but the shop has been turning out small batches of production knives as well; both sides will be represented at their CCKS booth. Olamic Cutlery will also be there, presumably with a batch of their new Appetizer model in tow.
And, as is the case with any west coast show, Pro-Tech plans to show upin fine fettle. They’ve created a special version of their CA-friendly Runt 5 automatic to commemorate the event, with comprehensive upgrades over the standard model: this one has textured bronze scales instead of aluminum ones, a mosaic pin button, and a damascus blade from Vegas Forge – who will also be showing at CCKS this weekend, by the way. This one is limited to a scant 30 pieces, and while you can order it online, you have to pickup in person at the show.
Particularly in light of the 2020 shakeup that COVID caused, it can be hard to get a grip on what exactly will or won’t come out of any show in terms of announcements. Again, given the relatively light production presence at CCKS, we expect debuts from that side of the knife world will be minimal. This one is about and for, custom collectors, so stay tuned for some post-show highlights and maybe some interviews with the makers themselves.
The California Custom Knife Show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Embassy Suites Anaheim South.
Knife in Featured Image: CCKS Special Edition Pro-Tech Runt 5