Day 1 of Blade Show 2023 is in the books, and it looks like the show is back to pre-pandemic levels. 2020 was cancelled, 2021 had a bit of a funky survivor vibe, and last year looked close to normal. But this year was as packed as I have ever seen it on a Friday.
The fact that the primary line wound around the corner is nothing new.
But there was a secondary line for the back ballroom, that even wound around the block outside as well.
Ryan Hoover is on my very exclusive short-list of trusted personal defense experts, and a person I have very much enjoyed getting to know. My former Krav instructor respects him greatly, which was my introduction to Ryan.
I was really impressed with Jordy Wallace (FocusWorks EDC) and his Bob the Boxcutter. He has his first folder design for sale at the show.
I stopped by the Kizer booth, which for the first time in several years was manned by actual Kizer employees (who had previously been barred from travel during covid). I was finally able to meet Neo Feng, who is one of their Marketing leads, and who has been my primary point of contact for the past several years.