In 1999 the Speed Tech Synergy won the Most Innovative American Design award. Designed by Jim O’Young, a well know target shooter in competition. The Synergy was its time way ahead, being an integral and build on order and with custom work. Parts were produced by Hogue and the Tanto blades were handground by Allen Elishewitz. Ano work was done by another company I forgot the name. Unfortunately SpeedTech did not survive. The Synergy was simply to expensive for most people and to labour intensive. Some pictures:
Now, 20 years later, during Blade Show 2019, the Synergy2 will debut. In collaboration with Jim, the designer, we redesigned and improved his design. Now it is a full Titanium integral, framelock and in 5 varieties, being 2 with Tanto blade and 3 with Triling point. Some pictures:
In Thiers, France is one of the biggest (and maybe even THE biggest) knifeshows in Europe. Over 230 exhibitors are showing their work, most of them traditional knifemakers. Thiers is the region to be when you are a knifemaker in France, like Seki for Japan, YangJang for China, Solingen for Germany and Maniago for Italy.
In 2020 it will be the 30st anniversary of the festival. 3 days of the most beautiful handmade knives from all kinds. Knifemakers from several countries are exhibiting. Also a few manufacturers.
I exhibited the 2019 show with 2 friends for WE Knife Company. Pretty bold, I think, because the French are very traditional regarding knives and patriottic as well. So when visitors saw the sign behind our table with CHINA, a lot of them passed without giving a look. But, not expected, we got a lot of positive feedback. Lots of visitors handled our knives and without exception, they all were enthusiast about the production quality. I even sold several knives and pens. Below an impression of the festival, our table and friends.
Being April 25st, only 8 weeks before Bladestock 2019 will be a fact. Bladestock is an awesome European midsummer gathering in The Netherlands in the middle of the woods. Lots of visitors who are into knives (collectors, bushcrafters, survivalists, preppers and so on) are coming to this weekend event to talk, feel, buy, sell, trade knives. Both visitors & exhibitors can camp on the exhibition area. But if you like more luxury, you can always chose one of the hotels in the nearby city of Nunspeet. More info www.bladestock.eu
Exhibitors from several countries attend. Knifemakers, Retailers, Suppliers and all Knife & Gear related sellers and craftsmen will show their products.
In 2018 all volunteers and members of the organisation got a free laser engraved Civivi folding knife.