Collectors hone annual knife show

In 1988, Bob Hamm and Glenn Wetzel decided to create a club where knife enthusiasts could meet and talk about their collections, and so was born the Keystone Blade Association.

The group will hold its 25th annual knife show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at the Country Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg.

Association President Marlyn A. Kepner joined in 1989. He said the club has been meeting at the Country Cupboard since its inception.

“We started out having a show with only six tables and now we have about 50-some,” Kepner said.

People who are interested in knives – customized and factory knifes, collector items and everything in between – come to the meetings.

“You learn things from other people and you get yourself educated in what you are doing,” he said.

When the association meets, members bring some of their knives and knife makers bring samples they have made.

“You take a knife maker and he might ask another maker how to do (something), and he can show how that was accomplished,” Kepner said.

Most of the members are knife hobbyists and collectors, but some actually are custom knife makers.

“They do fantastic work,” Kepner said.

At the show, he said, it’s pretty divided between those who collect and those who make their own.

The types of knives are variable: new, old, factory, custom and military and related items.

“We get people from far and wide,” he said, noting that guests arrive from throughout Pennsylvania and from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, New York and New Jersey.

For more information about blade association, attend the show or contact Skip at 387-4955, or Marlyn at 584-4835 or