Knifemakers Guild Sponsored Show
Attention: Deadline For Special Room Rate Is August 31st 2018
The Knifemakers GuildThe two world leading organizations of handmade custom knives, the Knifemakers’ Guild and the American Bladesmith Society, will co-host the elite International Custom Cutlery Expo in Kansas City, Missouri, from September 28nd through the 30th, 2018. According to the Knifemakers’ Guild President, Gene Baskett, the location was carefully chosen, since the great handmade knife shows started in Kansas City, Missouri, back in the seventies. 

The members of the Guild and ABS will equally share the 150 tables, where they will display their work: hunting knives, cooking knives, folders, tacticals, and art knives. In addition, some makers also venture into creating or re-creating swords, hatchets, tomahawks, or axes, some of which are historically inspired, while others are fantasy art pieces. 

The Expo, which will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Hotel Downtown, will provide the largest possible assortment and selection of custom knives and related products to fulfill the growing demand from collectors, said Harvey Dean, ABS Vice Chairman. The Expo is a direct response to knife making becoming the fastest growing art form of the last decade.


International Custom Cutlery Exposition

September 28-30, 2018

Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Kansas City, Missouri


Hotel Information: 

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

200 W 12th St

Kansas City, Mo 64105

877-303-0104 or 813-421-6800

CLICK HERE to book your rooms


Attention: Deadline For Special Room Rate Is August 31st 2018


All events will be held at the Muehlebach Tower

Entry Fee: $10 per day, $15 for 3 days; Honorary Guild Members: free.



Technical Committee Inspections
New/Probationary Members
Roosevelt Room
Thursday 12 noon-5:00 p.m.


I.C.C.E. Show Photographers:

Kennedy Room – Caleb Royer


I.C.C.E. Reception KMG, ABS, Honorary and Associate members only
Location: Bar M (street level)
Judging for ICCE Awards
Thursday 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m
7:15 Winners Announced


Friday, September 28, 2018
Knifemaker’s Guild Business Meeting
Truman B Room
Friday 8:00 a.m.

Judging for Knifemakers Guild Awards
Friday 9:00-10:00 - Truman B

Friday: Seminar: Edmund Davidson and Todd Begg
Intergal knives and Tooling
10:00-11:15 Truman B


Noon -Show Opens to VIPs and Honorary Members:Colonial/Imperial Ballroom-Muehlebach Tower

1:00 p.m. Show Opens to Public:Colonial/Imperial Ballroom-Muehlebach Tower

3:00 p.m. Awards Presentations

6:00 p.m. Show Closes


Saturday, September 29, 2018

9 a.m. Show Opens:Colonial/Imperial Ballroom-Muehlebach Tower

5 p.m. Show Closes


Sunday, September 30, 2018

8:00 a.m. Church Service with W. D. Bill Pease (Roosevelt Room across from Colonial/Imperial Ballroom-Muehlebach Tower)

10:00 a.m. Show Opens:Colonial/Imperial Ballroom-Muehlebach Tower

Noon -The Aldo and Edda Lorenzi Award Presentation

3:00 p.m. The 2017 ICCE Show Closes. 


International Custom Cutlery Expo Awards 2018

(The awards will be voted on by all attendees of the reception on Thursday night. They will be announced at the reception.)


Best Collaboration

Best Damascus

Best Combat Knife

Best Art Knife

Best Folder

Best Fixed Blade

Best Hunter

Best of Show


The Knifemakers’ Guilds Awards Categories 2018:


Best Art Knife

Best Bowie

Best Dressed Dagger

Best Fighter

Best Folder

Best Hunter

Best Multi Blade Folder

Best Tactical Folder

Best Collaboration Award (new category)

Judges Choice

Nate Posner Award (this award is chosen by the Board of Directors)

Red Watson Friendship Award (this award is voted on by the Voting Guild Membership)


There are also two private awards, which have their own standards of judging, that will be presented at the ICCE:

The Aldo and Edda Lorenzi Award and

The Herman Hank Rummell Memorial Award – Best First Year Probationary Maker