This year, the American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) will celebrate their 30th anniversary at the Blade Show & International Cutlery Fair in Atlanta, GA. And to help celebrate the occasion, those who visit the AKTI booth can enter to win custom knives worth thousands of dollars.
The William Henry Studio created a one-of-a-kind knife just for the show that’s worth $10,000 (pictured at right). It’s a folding knife in WHS’s B12 pattern. The blade is a Damascus spear point hand-forged by Mike Norris, a specialist in stainless Damascus steel. The handle and sheath are beautifully engraved by Don Patch and feature genuine diamonds set into the thumb stud and lock button.
Another William Henry knife up for grabs is an E6-5 (with serial number 065), a collectible box elder burl folding knife. It’s a Matt Connable creation with a satin-finish D2 steel blade.
A silent auction will also be held for a Randall 5-4 Knife, a modified Bowie donated by Northern Knives. Its standout feature is a stag handle decorated with a brass hilt and black, red and white spacers. Funds raised from the auction will go to support the AKTI Legislative Fund.
The 2011 Blade Show, the largest event of its kind that also hosts the Blade Magazine Awards and Cutlery Hall of Fame inductee ceremony, will be held June 10-12 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.