THE inaugural South Coast Knife Show at Central Tilba on Sunday was deemed a success offering another activity for locals and visitors on the October long weekend.
There were 10 displays, including eight knife makers, one knife sharpener and one young entrepreneur, the son of a Canberra knife maker, who was selling his handmade chopsticks to finance his school trip to Japan.
Organiser and blade smith Iain Hamilton of Mother Mountain Forge at Dignams Creek said he and the other knife makers were pleased with attendance and interest.
“The inaugural South Coast Knife Show was very successful with 340 people through the doors,” he said.
“For some makers it was their first knife show, as it was for a lot of the public and all were suitably impressed with the variety and quality on display.”
River Cottage Australia host Paul West judged the best kitchen knife to be made by Troy Hageman of Nowra Knives, who also had on display his impressive fencing sword.
South Coast Hunters Club president Dan Field judged the best hunting knife to be made by Kevin Slattery from the ACT.
He said he liked the practicality and it was the perfect shape with a good handle and a nice finish and pattern on the Damascus style blade.
“It has a nice drop point which is very important for a hunting knife,” he said referring to its ability to cut for skinning and dressing.
Mr Hamilton said all makers recorded sales from the public as well as some avid collectors travelling from afar to purchase on the day.
“Due to this year’s success, this will be an annual event with all makers returning next year and new ones already expressing interest.”
Photos and knife makers’ profiles can be found South Coast Knife Show’s Facebook page.