Go to his website here.
Go to their website here.
Then I ventured on to the booth of this friendly gentleman her. Mr. Szábò was delighted to meet me in person, and we had a nice little chat together. He had a load of quality knives on display. I had little time so I went on, but I daresay I will place an order with him soon.... Go to his website here. (take note it´s not ready yet... I will inform you. Watch this space!)
I have come to really like those simple but beautiful traditional Hungarian hunting and shepherd´s knives, especially those you can see to the right. Those were executed with meticulous craftsmanship, and spell reliability. Typically they are slipjoint folders with a stiff spring, but, as I hinted in another post already, the geometry of the pivot-to-handle-relation prevents them from snapping close so easily. Of course, they are still slipjoints, and if you need a prybar, get yourself a prybar, not a knife. But for cutting and whittling and carving they have done for hundreds of years and certainly will do for another hundred...
There also were more modern concepts on display, each of them finished really great, with no play and little tolerances.
Then I went on to the Otter booth, and whom did I meet? You might know this guy as Meinhart, the scytheman I met on the "Schmiedefest" at the Krenzer Hammer last year. We had quite a nice chat, and he told me he was currently working as a shear-grinding apprentice. Look here for an article in the Kölner Stadtanzeiger.
Meinhard is also acquainted with Mr. Morsbach, former head of Otter knives and now selling the Mercator / Katze 55 K knife.
Landesfischereiverband NRW e.V...
They currently work hard for the renaturization of lakes and rivers in North-Rhine-Westfalia, my home region. Power plants, accumulation lakes, industrialization and urbanization all have contributed to a lot of barriers for the breeding of fish and river cancer and other aquatic wildlife. Now the Europen Union is funding the renaturalization of rivers and lakes to promote the reestablishment of wildlife into our regional water bodies with some 80.000.000€. The project is scheduled until 2027, and the association is involved as a counselling member of staff, and is not involved into financial processes.
My thanks go to Dr. Niepagenkämper who took the time to answer my questions and point out the finer relations of the ecosystems involved, but also the funding aspects of the project, and I hope to promote their work if only a tiny bit with my article. They certainly do not get the attention they deserve for their engagement. Too many simpletons still think hunters and fishers are "just killing animals". That they also take the responsibility for entire ecosystems and most of them doing a great job, is a little known thing. As is the case with most any group, there are black sheep for sure, but that can never be the majority.
They also had a fishing demo with a big basin on display demonstrating new and basic fishing techniques. There were lots of interested spectators and a competent audience making for a cool but enlightening atmosphere.
Go to their website here.
They have loads of goodies for the accomplished weekend-project knifemaker as well as the professional. To the right you can see supplies for making traditional German hunting swords, decorative bolsters, handles, all from brass.
even gold, but those are rare. I hope I can do a post on the kind of knife sometime soon, for it is a very interesting topic for sure.
This friendly guy is Mr. Weber jun. proudly displaying one of the company´s premium and most recent projects, a cooperation with Walther knives for their anniversary. The blade is from the Weber lineup, made from 440C, 11,5 cm long, with bead-blasted Micarta scales, and will only see a limited production run of 500 pieces.
I went on my way to visit the Hubertus booth (Get to their website here)just some aisles away, and had the privilege to meet with Dr. Henning Ritter, a real insider and bristling with competence on any traditional German knife design one can think of. He even works as a consultant for the German magazine "Messermagazin" for his competence as a conoisseur of cultural history and history of art, and he has contributed a lot to what few facts I know about the topic.
I was all fluffy already from all that talking and walking and taking photos, so I had a break with some delicious food and drink, and had quite a share of coffee, before I ventured on to my personal highlight of the show, the Karesuando booth.
I met with Ulf, Per and Martin, who were quite busy. As usual, they compensated with their great mood and enthusiasm even when the going got tough, and their enthusiasm for their products is honest and simply motivates to work on your skills, too. Take a look at their website here.
I really, really like those Saami knives, and will make some myself, soon, again. I simply love the warm colour of the birchwood burr and the cool contrast to the reindeer antler´s white colour. The fine ornaments add to the atmosphere of a beautiful knife that even works in the bargain.
This is the common man´s lineup;-), none too shabby either...
And I am amazed that you cannot quite tell where the animal part subsides and the wood part begins. You have to look closely to make out the difference. I love that very much.
This is the knife that won the Brno exposition custom knife award. 440C, handfiled corkscrew, engravings, awl, saw, gutting blade, main blade, stag antler scales, and entirely made by hand.
More fine art on display.
I said goodbye and went back to the Otter booth to take some more photos and to discuss some matters with Mr. Morsbach. I had seen a lot of custom knives and fine art, but being as is, the Otter lineup is none too shabby either, for production items, that is. They specialize in pruning tools and knives for the industry, but are currently expanding their lineup of hunting and bushcraft knives, too. They had a lot of them on display, and some novelties, too. Having torture tested their knives to an extent noone in their right mind would ever throw at their blades, I can say, they came out still begging for more. I am talking real quality here. Most of their blades are made from 1.4125 steel, which is nearly identical to 440C, the folding knives often being made from 1.2003 (C75) steel.
They also have a quality damascus lineup, traditional as well as modern design blades.
As a conclusion I want to say it was a very intensive day. It was an interesting experience to visit the expo, and many impressions were there to be taken home. The exposition is a must-go for every nature enthusiast, knife afficionado, hunters and fishers, bushcrafters, families even, now also geocachers and other sports enthusiasts who want to inform themselves about the ecosystems that make their own habitat, too. There were too many shows, expositions, tutorials to mention them all. as an example there was that famed birds of prey show, the show of offroad trucks and SUVs, bowshooting tutorials, kids tutorials, fishing and hunting tutorials, lectures on hunting, shooting, guns and ammunition as well as geocaching and the learning place that is made by nature. I missed the national deer bell competition on the day before, which was highly recognized throughout Europe, and a load of other events, leading to the resolve that next year will see me visiting that giant show at least three days again.