Blade Show 2017 Recap: Jared Oeser Knives
As I mentioned in my pre-show article, one of the tables I was most looking forward to seeing at Blade show this year was Jared Oeser. For those who aren't familiar, Jared Oeser is a knife collector turned knifemaker who has become well known for his modern slipjoints and traditionally themed folders. Jared is based out Utah, where he lives with his family and makes knives part time.
Those who are interested in his work, know that it is not easy to come by. In the past, your best bet has been to subscribe to his email list, and hope your fingers can type "I'll take it" fast enough to score an available piece. However, Jared was exhibiting for the first time at Blade Show 2017, which opened up a new avenue.
I woke up early on Friday morning to a moonshine induced hangover, chugged down some hotel room coffee, and speed-walked over to the show floor by 9:30am, where to my surprise there was already one person in line at Jared's table. I quickly got in line right behind him, and then began the waiting game. Around 10am, Jared arrived and began setting up his table, giving us our first look at what would be available that day. The first gentleman in line quickly spotted a Tengu flipper, and announced that'd be his purchase. My eyes caught glance of a clean, traditional Native, one of Jared's original patterns, that I fell in love with. A few hours of waiting for the show to open later, I had it in my pocket along with a spiffy leather slip and a branded FoxHanx.
Jared brought quite a lineup to the show this year, with a mixture of first-come-first-serve knives, lottery pieces, and an open bid piece. Included in his offerings were a variety of slipjoints, traditionally inspired flippers (even a modern flipper as well), and Jared's brand new take on a pocket tool, the Tengu Tool. The Tengu Tool is a small friction folder based on the Tengu pattern, but much smaller. When closed, you have a flathead screwdriver and a cap lifter, when open you have a small cutting edge for opening boxes, packages, etc.
Jared also debuted a new technology at the show, called Mag-lock. The Mag lock system uses rare earth magnets to hold the knife open and closed. You can learn more about the technology on Shadetree's Kickstarter.
The most stunning piece on the table, however, was the lockback native up for open bid. This knife was crafted using black timascus...and just wow, what an incredible piece. I'll let the pictures speak for this one.
I got the chance to visit dozens of tables this year that I was excited to see, however Jared's was by far my favorite. From the good people he had running his booth, to the organization of the table and selling process, Jared had it figured out, and I know his table will continue to be more popular year after year.