This weekend was spent helping my friend Brad at the Valparaiso Gun and Knife Show. Brad's lady (aka the Knife Lady) gave me a call on Wednesday to see if I could help out since one of his helpers had a family emergency at the last minute and had to bow out. The Knife Lady handles a lot of the online activity, but due to her health (and someone needing to keep their house in order while Brad is traveling every weekend), can't make it to shows much.
So Brad, me, and another friend of his went to it and traffic was pretty solid all weekend. I got to play and show off my mad Wave skills by deploying Spydercos out of my pocket (they have their own version of the Emerson Wave), popping open the Microtech autos, flipping the ZTs and Kershaws, and thumbing open the Benchmades (speed assist and autos). Spent some time drooling on the Chris Reeves and the Striders too.
It was fun showing folks the difference between the Ka Bars, TOPS, and Essees (Essees are differentially heat treated, BTW) on the fixed blade side. TOPS has a new one that has a small knife in the handle, which just made my day to display.
I learned a lot, saw some old friends, made some new ones and learned a lot (Brad has forgotten more about blades than I'll ever know).
I did end up leaving a DNA sample on one of the Emersons as I was wiping them down to box them up after the show (probably should have gone to get a stitch or two). But the crowd was gone and Brad band-aided me up in short order and I'll leave it tight for a couple of days so it should be good.
Brad's show banner reads "Brad's Knives and the Knife Lady", so people ask if I'm her if I'm helping out. I just explain that I am not, but am just the Knife Lady's sidekick. Well yesterday someone asks if I'm the Knife Lady and I started to go into my explanation, when out of nowhere someone pops up with, "Nope, she's not the Knife Lady, she's the Blade Babe." And it stuck so that's what I got called for the rest of the show. Cracked me up and I do think it's the perfect sidekick name.
Couldn't do the circuit anymore I think, but helping out every now and again is pretty fun. Got to play with knives, get a new moniker, and help a friend all in one weekend. A very nice change from the day job too.
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