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Of the original 18 members, several are still active in the Club, which has now grown to over 150 members. The club offers life memberships as well as junior memberships to encourage younger members to develop an interest in knife collecting. WRCA has issued yearly club knives since its inception, as well as anniversary knives to commemorate each fifth year anniversary of the founding of the Club.
WRCA club knives have consistently grown in value as time goes by. This is in large measure due to the decision to choose high quality, unusual and unique knives for the Club knives in recent years, along with choosing handcrafted, custom knives for the special anniversary editions. The Club also issues a 'show knife' to commemorate each Knife Expo begun in 1989. The club voted to discontinue issuing a expo show knife in 2016 due to rising cost.
The Expo was originally known as the Western Reserve Cutlery Association’s Knife Expo or 'The Dover Show' and this annual event was originally held on the grounds of the Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio in mid-summer. Growth caused us to move to the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover for a few years and returned to the Warther Museum for several years for a mid-winter show.
knife sharpening at WRCA 2016 Expo
In 2015 the show moved to the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, Ohio. This new venue offered room to expand, plenty of parking and great facilities for both the vendors and attendees.
While the Buckeye event center had the potential to grow the 2016 Expo into a national level event, the owners changed the future direction of their facility. WRCA found itself having the dubious honor of being the last public show of any kind when the building was closed as the Buckeye Event Center on Sunday and opened as a PG Dunn warehouse on Monday.
WRCA has taken temporary shelter at the Knights of Columbus in Massillion, Ohio.
Famous and soon-to-be-famous knifemakers will display their custom knives along with a wide range of old, new and collectible knives displayed and offered for sale by a host of collectors and dealers in quality cutlery.
We hope to see you there the week-end after Mother's Day, May 19 and 20 2018!
Western Reserve Cutlery Association