Safari Club International 2016

I am a life member of Safari Club International. This organization provides resources for conservation and hunters world wide. Each year they host a mega-convention that  Continental Divide Knives has been attending more than 25 years.  If you have never been, you really should go.  It is mind-blowing; like the very first time you walked into Cabela’s.  There are mounts from all over the world.  Many of them are in lifelike settings, about the show from their webpage :

This hunters’ heaven has everything the mind can dream of and occupies over 650,000 square feet of exhibit space. Six continents are under one roof where members come to book hunts, rendezvous with old friends and shop for the latest guns and hunting equipment. That only scratches the surface of products available at SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention. Notable authorities of the outdoor sports and shooting industries attend the premier hunting show annually.

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There are vendors from every country you can imagine selling outdoor gear, art, furnishings, and of course, knives!.  There are guides from countries that you didn’t even know had hunting and every country that you did.   You want to talk about a melting pot, this is it. The booth next to us this year was Cilliers Safaris.  A family owned ranch in Namibia.  Steven and Wayne are great guys that run an amazing operation. The 6 booths around us represented 4 continents, 8 countries and amazingly friendly people.

 

Each year Continental Divide Knives donates a piece for the auction.  This year we did one that really stood out.

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This art piece was a joy to make.  The 14″  Knife is made of D-2 steel.  It sports a  mirror finished blade with silicon bronze bolsters.  African Malachite and Hippo ivory dress the handle and a polished Warthog skull provides the base.  The knife is mounted to the skull with a piece of warthog tusk.  The full piece sits on a board of African Bubinga.