Look Who’s Coming to the Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Knife Show 

Dec 17 & 18

Tucson Expo Center

List of Knife vendors

BOB HAM

BRAD EDGINGTON (K & G)

CHARLES TURNAGE

CLAYTON COWART

DANIEL STUCKY

JARED WATTS

JEFF STOVER

JOE ALI

DOUG LONEY

KEN MCFALL

LEE BEENE

LEOPOLD LACRIMOSA

MATVEY SHINDEL

RANDY LEE

RAY KIRK

STEVE GODFREY

JOHN HILL

JOHN BROWN

DAN ZVONEK

TODD KOPP

CHARLES PROKOPP

DAN STUCKY

To reserve your table, call John at 602-520-6002

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Jim Gill’s Slip Joint Pocket Knife

I met Jim Gill 6 years ago when I first joined the Arizona Knife Collectors Association. I became a fan of his work right away. His attention to detail puts him up there with the best of makers. He is meticulous in his craft and his knives show it. They are highly sought after by collectors and are hard to come by as he only crafts a few knives each year.

Here is a slip joint folder that he made. It is a great knife. Made of high polished 440c steel, the blade opens with absolutely no play. The titanium liners are filed work to give it exceptional beauty. But what sets this knife apart is the Lignum Vitae wood handles.

From the Caribbean, The Lignum vitae wood is very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness and density. This  heartwood color can range from a pale yellowish olive, to a deeper forest green or dark brown to almost black. Grain has a unique feathered pattern when viewed up close. The color tends to darken with age, especially upon exposure to light. The grain of the wood is interlocked, sometimes severely so. Lignum Vitae is regarded by most to be both the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its durability in submerged or ground-contact applications is also exceptional. It is used in tool handles, mallet heads, bearings, bushings, pulley wheels, and turned objects as well as being used as for propeller shaft bearings on ships, and its natural oils provide self-lubrication that gives the wood excellent wear resistance.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Gill’s Slip Joint Pocket Knife:

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Click on any photo to take you to the website for more photos and to purchase this one of a kind beauty

Even More Photos from the AKCA Knife Show

Sonya & Randy Lee

Sonya & Randy Lee

Randy Lee's Knives

Randy Lee’s Knives

More of Randy's Knives

More of Randy’s Knives

Wickenburg, Arizona maker Mike Tyre

Wickenburg, Arizona maker Mike Tyre

Mike's award

Mike’s award

Mike's knives

Mike’s knives

Mike's Bowie

Mike’s Bowie

Ray Rybar and friend

Ray Rybar and friend

Ray's knives

Ray’s knives

one of Ray's Revelation series knife

one of Ray’s Revelation series knife

More of Ray's knives and tomahawks

More of Ray’s knives and tomahawks

Dave Ammons of Tucson, Arizona

Dave Ammons of Tucson, Arizona

Dave's Knives

Dave’s Knives

Dave's knives. Notice the beautiful box set of steak knives

Dave’s knives. Notice the beautiful box set of steak knives

Gary Field and his some of his nice knife collection

Gary Field and his some of his nice knife collection

Our illustrious AKCA president and Queen Creek, Arizona knife maker Mike Mooney

Our illustrious AKCA president and Queen Creek, Arizona knife maker Mike Mooney

Some of Mike's knives

Some of Mike’s knives

The volunteers at the AKCA Knife Show. We are most humbly greatful

The volunteers at the AKCA Knife Show. We are most humbly greatful

Peggy and Lee Beene

Peggy and Lee Beene

Mike of Cave Creek and inventor of the Slick-Draw knife sheath

Mike Mikl of Cave Creek, Arizona and inventor of the Slick-Draw knife sheath

Jeremy Hewitt, knife maker of Scottsdale, Arizona

Jeremy Hewitt, knife maker of Scottsdale, Arizona

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Charles and his very nice collection of mammoth tooth scales

Charles and his very nice collection of mammoth tooth scales

Tim Harbert of Ardent Knives, San Bernardino, California

Tim Harbert (& wife) of Ardent Knives, San Bernardino, California

Ardent knives

Ardent knives

Ardent knives newest model

Ardent knives newest model

Not sure of this fellow's name but had a veery nice collection of Japanese Tsuba's

Not sure of this fellow’s name but had a veery nice collection of Japanese Tsuba’s

Richard Marsden (right) and fellow Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship member

Richard Marsden (right) and fellow Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship member

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Knife Maker Frank Christensen

Knife Maker Frank Christensen

Frank's knives

Frank’s knives

The beginning of a knife - Iron

The beginning of a knife – Iron

Frank teaches knife making at Mesa College. This is some of his work

Frank teaches knife making at Mesa College. This is some of his work

Knife Maker Todd Kopp of Apache Junction, Arizona

Knife Maker Todd Kopp of Apache Junction, Arizona

Todd's knives

Todd’s knives

Ray Rybar and Ken McFall

Ray Rybar and Ken McFall

Ken's Knives

Ken’s Knives

Ken's knives

Ken’s knives

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More Photos from the 46th AKCA Knife Show

Knife Maker Jim Ort (Oz Knives), Knife Purveyor Lee Beene of Lee's Cutlery and Knife Maker Mike Tamboli

Knife Maker Jim Ort (Oz Knives), Knife Purveyor Lee Beene of Lee’s Cutlery and Knife Maker Mike Tamboli

Mike Tamboli's knives and awards

Mike Tamboli’s knives and awards

Tom Buckner

Tom Buckner of Seattle, Washington

Tom's Knives

Tom’s Knives

Wayne Hensley and his wife

Wayne Hensley and his wife

Wayne's knives

Wayne’s knives

And more of Wayne's knives

And more of Wayne’s knives

Dan Zvonek knife maker from New River, Arizona

Dan Zvonek knife maker from New River, Arizona

Dan's knives

Dan’s knives

More of Dan's Knives

More of Dan’s Knives

Conrad, Hans Wienmueller & Mike Mooney

Conrad, Hans Wienmueller & Mike Mooney

Han's knives

Han’s knives

More of Han's knives

More of Han’s knives

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Photos from the 46th AKCA Knife Show

The folks from Ravencrest knives

The folks from Ravencrest knives

Charles Prokopp from Tucson, AZ

Charles Prokopp from Tucson, AZ

Jim and yes that's his best smile

Jim and yes that’s his best smile

Jim the Book Man

Jim the Book Man

The folks from K&G Supply

The folks from K&G Supply

Ben & Mikhail

Ben & Mikhail Shindel, from California

Bob Nash

Bob Nash

Jim Gill, Phoenix AZ knife maker

Jim Gill, Phoenix AZ knife maker

A few of Jim's knives

A few of Jim’s knives

Eddie Stalcup from Gallup, NM

Eddie Stalcup from Gallup, NM

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Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship

Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship

Young man who forged his very first railroad spike knife at the show

Young man who forged his very first railroad spike knife at the show

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AKCA Knife Show Winners

Here are the winners of the 46th Arizona Knife Collectors Association knife show.

Ken McFall -

Ken McFall –

Mike Tyre

Mike Tyre

Mike Tamboli - Best Miniature & Best Fantasy Knives

Mike Tamboli – Best Miniature & Best Fantasy Knives

Randy Lee - Best Utility Hunter

Randy Lee – Best Utility Hunter

All the Winners - Mikhail, Ken McFall, Mike Tyre, Mike Tambolli, Randy Lee with AKCA President Mike Mooney

All the Winners – Mikhail, Ken McFall, Mike Tyre, Mike Tambolli, Randy Lee with AKCA President Mike Mooney

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2015 AKCA Knife Show

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SonoranDesertKnives.com will be in attendance at the AKCA Knife Show in January. Come on out and see us.

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AKCA July Class

Steve Hostetler July Class

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AKCA June Class

New Arizona Knife Collectors Association Class scheduled :

William Withersby June Class

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Photos from last AKCA meeting

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Demonstration of Old World Sword Fighting

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President Mike Mooney, …

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Members of the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship

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Jim Gill and Paul McDaniel

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…. …. the artist known as John Hill

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…. Ray Rybar, Joe Ali …

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