Today marks the beginning of IWA OutdoorClassics 2023. IWA is a massive sports industry show and the biggest production knife event in Europe.
Like SHOT Show in the U.S., IWA is actually not a knife show – or at least, not just a knife show. It’s a trade show for the entire sports and outdoor industry, where new products in many different categories are displayed. But, of course, the coolest stuff, and what interests us here at KnifeNews, are the knives. We think IWA itself is starting to recognize how cool cutlery can be, because this year they’ve actually instituted a new Blade Demo Area and an IWA Knife Award to be voted on by showgoers.
There’s also a special reveal that’s unofficially associated with IWA this year. In case you missed it, Spyderco’s Amsterdam Meet finally resumed after a two-year hiatus. One of the highlights of the Meet (for those of us not lucky to attend in person!) is SpyderCollector‘s coverage of a handful of prototype models from the small-scale show This year, SpyderCollector has decided to publish this year’s Meet photographs after IWA. Whether this is because Spyderco is planning on showing these prototypes at the show, or for other reasons, we can’t say; but we would advise keeping an eye on Spyderco this week, and checking in with Spydercollector after the show wraps up, if not before.
IWA OutdoorClassics 2023 runs from today, Thursday, March 2nd, through Sunday, March 5th 2023. It will be taking place at the Exhibition Center in Nürnberg, Germany. We’ll be keeping an ear to the ground for any new stuff so, if you’re not able to make it in person, check in with us periodically over the next few days for coverage!
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