The plan worked: at the second KNIFE exhibition after 2022 on May 6 and 7, 2023, the Solingen Theater and Concert Hall offered 170 exhibitors enough space to present homemade knives, blades, swords or daggers (here is the link to the exhibitor list). But industrially produced cutlery was also on display, with mainly local Solingen manufacturers taking this opportunity to meet customers directly. At the Knifemakers’ Meetings held at the German Blade Museum until 2019, a maximum of 100 exhibitors could take part, and with the usually large numbers of visitors, the aisles often became far too crowded (in 2021 there was the Corona break). The theater hall including the shared stage, the anteroom on the first floor and the spacious foyer on the ground floor, on the other hand, offered enough space for both the exhibitors and the numerous visitors. Nevertheless, 1000 tickets were sold after only two hours on Saturday, and 3000 by the end of the exhibition at 4 p.m. on Sunday (not counting the exhibitors who had traveled from all over the world, the trade press and the invited guests of honor).
As the epicenter of German knife manufacture, it is little surprise that Puma in particular was well represented.