Where is Eugene
serve Eugene and where is the airport?
How many ways
are there to get to Eugene?
can we stay when we come to the Show?
to do while you are here?
comes to the Oregon Knife Show?
do I make table reservations for an OKCA Show?
are tables at our Show assigned?
is the percentage of knife maker tables versus collector tables?
is our policy on the sharing of tables?
can gain entry into the Show on Friday?
table holders pack up and leave before the Show officially closes?
There is no number
thirteen - It is bad luck...
is a Knewslettter?
there a raffle during the Show?
are door prizes?
you have cutlery related demonstrations during the Show?
the displays at the Oregon Show as good as I hear they are?
is it I hear about contests and who can enter them?
is a Club knife?
is the big deal about Espresso coffee?
is the Saturday Night Social all about?
other items allowed at the Show besides cutlery items?
is the difference between a membership card and a Show badge?
is the opening ceremony all about?
is the story on switchblades, dirks and daggers in Oregon?
is Oregon Knife Show Etiquette
to the most frequently asked questions about the Oregon Knife Show
and our organization
1. Eugene is located 100 miles
south of Portland, Oregon and 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.
Eugene is located in the Willamette Valley which is between the
Coast Range and the High Cascades. (Map
of Eugene) The weather is very
mild; and if it ever does snow on the valley floor, the snow is almost
always gone by noon. April is spring time and the weather is very
pleasant. The rain that one hears about is never like an eastern
down pour but more like a constant drizzle. I went for years without rain gear
or an umbrella. If you are interested in Eugene
weather, click on the link to the weather service information.
2. I told
Eugene has an airport and on every Thursday they clear off the cows
on the runway and let planes take off and land.
Well they finally removed all the cows and we now have planes
landing and taking off eight days a week. The airlines currently
serving Eugene are American West Express, Horizon Air, SkyWest (The
Delta Connection) and United Express. For more information: http://www.eugeneairport.com/
The Eugene airport is located about six miles from downtown and
from the Knife Show location. There are courtesy cars to the motels
around town but it probably is a good idea to rent a car for your
stay here. Weekend rates are usually quite good. Access to the
Eugene area for a stranger is pretty easy and it is a straight shot
from the airport.
The most obvious way
to Eugene is via car. But for those that are coming from far away,
we would suggest that you fly. Eugene has its own airport; or if you
must, you can fly into Portland and drive the 100 miles south to
Eugene. Others have flown into Portland, driven west to the Coast
and then taken the coast route south to Florence and then east to
Eugene. A fantastic journey but absolutely not a one day trip. Might
even be a three day trip if you like to stop and gawk. But mark the
fact that it is a beautiful trip rain or shine.
Some folks that want to make a trip out of it have flown into
Seattle and driven the 300 miles to Eugene. It is an easy
drive and a pleasant trip if you have never taken it before. I have
also had some that fly into San Francisco and take the coast route
to Eugene. That is about 500 miles but again a delightful trip. Lots
to see and do.
I have suggested that one can get to Eugene by boat. Actually you
can but don't ask unless you are dead serious about it.
4. There are numerous
places to stay in Eugene that are close or near the Knife Show.
There are none that are close enough to walk to unless you are among
the extremely hardy. The
Valley River Inn is the place which has
treated our group the best, both in atmosphere and in special rates.
Don't forget to mention the Oregon Knife Club when you make those
reservations. You can also check out our link to other places to
stay. (Lodgings & Accommodations)
5. Eugene offers quite a bit to the visitor
who is looking for other things to do while here. Our bike trail
system is the best in the world and one can rent a bike, jog or run
until you drop. The Hult Center is a performance hall that is noted
for its acoustics. Check the schedule to see if a concert is going
on while here. The Valley River Mall is a great place to hang out
and features many stores that will allow you to shop until you drop.
Look to our web site for some Interesting
Eugene is also known for its fine dining. Fine means good eating in
almost any cuisine that suits you. Our page on Eateries
will help you while in town.
Or you can link to this site for more to see and do.
6. I am sure that the United
States is 80 - 90% represented from the 50 states with
the people who come to our Show. The non USA membership which usually comes to the
Show are from Australia, England, South Africa, Japan, Sweden, Canada, Italy
and New Zealand. Our membership is about 1400 members and an
accurate count of the people that attend our Show is 5000 people.
7. Table reservations for the upcoming April Show are handled in
this fashion. Those that were table holders at the last
April Show have the first right of refusal for tables at the next year's
Show. The deadline for this right is December 15th. At this time and
date we will draw from the waiting list those who have a paid
reservation and are members of our organization. Notification of tables
will happen via snail mail on January 1rst. Those that did not receive a
table can have their table reservation money returned if they like.
8. Many years ago we assigned
tables in a random order. We did not want to segregate
collectors from knife makers. After all our association was based on
the notion that we embraced "anything that goes
cut." Over the years people requested their same table
locations and so we have kept this the rule of assignment. Those
that had tables at the last Show have the first right of refusal on
that table location and for that matter a table at the next Show.
Those vacant tables at the December 15th deadline are offered to
the persons on the waiting list on a first come first serve
basis. If you want to see a floor plan of our Show, click on
this link (Acrobat format) (OKCA
Table Floor Plan)
mix of people that are table holders is a very close
50 - 50 mix between collectors and knife makers. Collectors are
those that are involved with historical cutlery in forms of swords, razors, sheath knives, pocket
knives and custom handmade knives. And the list goes on.
In addition to the collectors and makers, you can also find
supplies for the making of knives, knife sharpening tools, stone
knives, commercial knives, new knives and knife related supplies.
And don't forget the collection of hat pins from the turn of the
century. We have something for everyone in the world of cut.
10. The sharing of tables is not allowed
at this time. When we were in the previous location the room could
only hold 300 tables. Our waiting list of 50 people did not
encourage us to relocate to a room that would house 470 tables.
Therefore at that time we allowed the sharing of our eight foot
tables. We were then forced to relocate for the year 2000 Show due
to construction and needed to sell enough tables
to fill the room or for that matter pay for the room. Until we run out of room
again we will not allow sharing of tables.
is a day that is for members only. It is a set up day for
table holders and a day which is very informal. Tables can be set up
and covered or left to their own designs. People can come on Friday
or not. The doors are open at 10 am and not a minute before for
members and table holders. Due to the heavy pressure we had last
year for membership at the opening hour, we will not have any
membership renewing until after 2 pm on Friday. Therefore any desire that one
has to gain early entry on Friday better be addressed by planning
Since the public is not allowed on Friday, all persons are
required to have their membership cards or their Show badges
visually displayed. Early entry on Saturday or Sunday is restricted
to members and badge holders.
12. Table holders that leave
early have committed the one deadly sin against our
organization. Leaving early or covering a table during the stated public
hours are in strict violation of the contract signed by a table
People come to see a
Knife Show and an empty or covered table is not part of what we
advertised. Anyone that is not open for business during these hours
is in violation of the terms of our agreement with the organization and those persons
will not be allowed back into our Show.
Therefore when we advertise the hours of our Show, those are real
honest to goodness "we are a Show" hours. Visitors to our
Show should take comfort that they will see a complete Show no
matter when they come.
14. The Knewslettter is
the backbone of the Oregon Knife Collectors
organization. There are nine publications that run from September
through May. The publication is between 8 and 12 pages in length and is
a mixture of Club Knews and articles that our members submit. The
Knewslettter is quite different; the articles are unique,
sometimes one of a kind offerings, educational, humorous and
entertaining. Our membership contributes to this as a way to help
and expand our common interests.
The Knewslettter offers a part of our Club
to those who cannot be here to share in person. The cost of membership
is well worth it even if one were to only get the Knewslettter.
A collection of the past Knewslettters
can be found here...
15. We have
had a raffle
every year at the Oregon Knife Show. Except starting in 2013
we have discontinued this. The raffle was labor intensive and those that
put this on really could not see or participate in the Show. This event
was also highly disruptive to the Show. It was fun while it lasted.
prizes are prizes given to our guests and visitors who have paid entry to our Show. Just by filling out the coupon and
putting it in the bucket makes you eligible for numerous prizes that
have been donated to the Club. We make many visitors to our Show very
Door Prizes are for the visitors to our Show. Members are not
allowed to participate in these drawings.
17. Oh boy do we have demonstrations during the
Show. In an effort to have a little something for everyone we
feature demonstrations which go non stop on Saturday. In
the past we have had demonstrations on flint knapping (making stone
knives), sword fighting, knife sharpening, scrimshaw, martial arts,
knife forging, fencing, blade grinding, rope cutting and engraving.
We are always interested in having demonstrations that are new and
educational so if you have any ideas for us, drop us a note.
The displays at the Oregon Show are often referred to as museum
quality displays. These collections are presented as education and
visual entertainment to the visitors of the Oregon Show. I do not
think there is a better representation of displays like this anywhere else in the world. The best
art exhibition in the world would
be the correct analogy to describe the contents of the
"Collections that go Cut" at our Show. There are
approximately 24 such exhibition displays and the subject matter
varies from pocketknives to hat pins. Or anything that goes
use to be three contests that were held at the
Oregon Knife Show. Now there is only one.
The handmade knife competition allows makers to compete with
their knives in various categories. Makers compete against each
other and are judged accordingly. The judging occurs on Friday and
the winning makers will have their knives on display during the
Show. First time knifemakers may enter the competition if they are
members of the OKCA and have never submitted a knife in competition
before. This category does not require that the maker have a table
at our Show
club knife is a knife made out of a club.
(Just kidding). Actually a Club knife is a project that we started
many years ago to help fund some of our events at the Oregon Knife Show.
A listing and pictures of all Oregon Knife Club knives are
within these web pages. ( OKCA
Club Knives ) For the last few years we have had 50
knives to sell to our members. The Club knife also serves the
purpose of presenting a one of a kind knife, totally unique.
This knife represents an investment to the buyer. Almost
all of the Oregon knives have escalated in value. Some so much that
it still amazes us today.
are numerous things that Eugene, Oregon is known
for. One is its rich interest in track and field
sports. Another is its extensive and lovely bicycle paths. But the
big deal here is a sport that anyone can participate in called
coffee drinking. Especially Espresso coffee. There are so many
coffee shops and stands around that it seems almost like every
corner in town has one. And there in lies the story about an
Espresso stand at our Show. In fact the Espresso has become such a
big deal that in the renovation of the Lane Events Center has
made a permanent Espresso stand just outside the doors of our Show.
Rest rooms are just down the hall.
in the early days of the OKCA we were very concerned about people
coming to our Show and having nothing to do on a Saturday night.
Being a stranger in town is no fun when you have no place to go.
Because our membership knows the town and what to do on a Saturday
Night, We now have a Saturday Nite Presentation Awards. This event
honors those that have been judged best knife makers in various
categories and also makes presentations for the best displays at the
Oregon Knife Show is a show about knives or things
that go cut. This means that 90% of any table
should be devoted to cutlery or cutlery related items. Most are
devoted to 100%. Firearms are not allowed at our Show unless
permission is granted from the Show coordinator. In these cases a
firearm may be a part of a display and are never allowed for sale. A
bayonet collection would be greatly enhanced with a proper firearm
attached so in this case it would be allowed. We have tried hard
over the years to make this an all Knife Show and we have succeeded
in this effort.
difference between a Membership card and a
Show badge is that all members have a membership card to
show that they are a member of our organization. Only table
holders have Show badges. The purpose of the Show badge is to allow
people to identify the person who are table holders
and where they live. The Show badge is also a wonderful memento of
their visit to the Oregon Knife Show. These badges change every year
and there are several members that not only save their membership
cards year after year but also save their Show badges year after
year. During the Show the membership cards and the Show badges will
allow free entry to our Show. During non public hours it is absolutely
essential that everyone have a card or badge in full view.
opening ceremony started several years ago
when it was decided that we wanted to launch our Show with something
different that people would never forget. The first year we had a
Bag Piper open our Show. This was so popular we did it again the
following year. Since then we have had the Oriental Lion Dance,
Native American ceremonial dances and a lady that did acrobatics on
a free hanging rope. This special opening of the Show occurs about
15 minutes before the Show opens to the public. Just being a member
of the OKCA is worth it to see this event. The opening ceremony is a
best kept secret and no one knows what this will be before the Show.
In recent years it has been difficult to find an opening ceremony that
works for our venue. We are always open to have this event but it is a
year by year decision.
26. In Oregon it is
legal to make, sell, buy or own switchblade knives. However,
IT IS ILLEGAL here to carry a switchblade knife, a gravity knife, a dagger or a dirk concealed on one's person, or for a convicted felon to possess a switchblade or gravity knife. Thirty states have banned possession or sale of switchblade knives. Under federal law it is
ILLEGAL to mail, carry or ship a switchblade or gravity knife across state lines.
Knife Show Etiquette is important in order
for a Show to be a fun experience. A Show is best, however, when visitors follow a few basic rules of courtesy. These are:
*Do not handle knives without permission.
*Do not touch the blade or the edge of any knife offered or displayed as a collector's item.
*Do not wipe off the blade of a knife. Let the exhibitor do it.
*Do not open more than one blade of a folding knife at a time.
*Do not block a sale table if you are only "window shopping."
*If you have brought knives to trade or sell, obtain permission before displaying them at or in
front of someone's table.
*Please do not interrupt or comment on any transaction.