Blades under the arcades 2022

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Blades under the arcades 2022Blades under the arcades is an exhibition of handmade knives that arrives in 2022 at the 22nd edition.

The twenty-first edition of “Blades under the arcades” will take place on 21-22 May 2022 in the shadow of the fifteenth-century arcades of Via Colleoni in Romano di Lombardia (Bergamo)

It is an exhibition that takes place in the shadow of the medieval arcades of Romano di Lombardia (Bergamo) and takes place every year in the last week of May.

It is a unique opportunity to admire custom and handmade knives in a truly picturesque setting.

A very friendly atmosphere that characterizes it and that leads many makers to participate with the spirit of meeting all together and talking about blades as well as selling them.

“Blades under the arcades” is an exhibition of handmade knives promoted by the Avis Section of Romano di Lombardia that promotes different activities that can create social and cultural interests in their most diverse forms such as that of the custom knife.

This is how it happens with this exhibition whose success, over the years, has been consecrated by the great influx of visitors, collectors or simple enthusiasts, from all over Italy.

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Among the makers who exhibit their works under the arcades of Via Colleoni you can meet an incredible mix made by the best “authors” of the Italian artisan knife together with some young emerging makers who have already made themselves known for their “young” works.

Also for this reason it is a nice opportunity to exhibit for those who look at this beautiful art.

All the makers now consider “Blades under the arcades” an unmissable appointment in their exhibition and sales calendar.

The makers are of different backgrounds and exhibit artisans of ancient, traditional and modern shapes, bringing together in the same place different ideas and cultures that coexist on the tables of the many makers on display.

Among the knife makers who participate you can meet both the best “authors” of the artisan knife and some emerging young people who have already been noted for the accuracy of the workmanship and the functionality of their models.

The twenty-second edition of the event will host a competition reserved for the “Best Chef’s Knife”, so-called European style chopper, respectful of the following measures: blade between 20cm and 25cm, total length between 31cm and 40cm.

In addition, new for 2022 is the special competition for the best “Gentleman’s folding pochet knife”, pocket knife with blade lock system when opened: blade between 5cm and 11cm, maximum measure of the knife closed 13 cm.

For both categories free choice to the participants for design and materials used.

As always, knives will also be awarded in the now historic categories: best folding knife, best fixed blade knife, best damask steel blade, “Best in show”, best regional knife, best tactical knife.

The awards ceremony will take place on the morning of Sunday, May 22.

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The forgers

As for several years now, the presence of the members of the group “Coltellinai forgiatori bergamaschi” has become a consolidated tradition.

A research laboratory on damask steel” that engage during the exhibition in the forging of some damask blades and with them the presence of the AA & C Association of Grinders and Cutlery.

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In addition to these two specialists in forging and sharpening, other activities related to the knife or its use are also included that vary from year to year.
These are activities that arouse interests always related to the use of the knife in different areas such as survival / bushcraft, etc.

Visitors will certainly appreciate the friendly atmosphere that distinguishes this exhibition immersed in a suggestive “location”.

Each edition of “Blades under the arcades” ends with the awarding of the artisans authors in the specialty:

  • of the best fixed blade knife,
  • of the best folding knife,
  • of the best damask steel blade.

Further prizes are then awarded to other categories that vary according to current trends.

Visitors can participate in the charity lottery in favor of AVIS which reserves rich prizes with natural products.

The competition of sport cutting with knife

Blades under the arcades 2022 will be proud to host the sports cutting competition with knife, organized by Broken Blades Italia ASD, the first and only stage in the Lombardy region, on the occasion they will be proclaimed regional champion and Italian champion of the specialty.

For many this discipline will be a novelty, for years it has been practiced all over the world and is progressively establishing itself also in Italy.

Other small surprises for the public and exhibitors are being designed and implemented.

From 14:00 on Saturday 21 May, at Piazza Fiume, we will host a stage of the ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF SPORTS CUTTING WITH KNIFE, organized by Brokenblades Italia ASD, an emerging discipline born overseas that is enjoying success all over the world.

An exclusive race at the end of which the best classified in the day will be proclaimed.

Where is Lame under the arcades

Romano di Lombardia is about 30 km from Bergamo and 50 km from Milan and can be easily reached from the A35 motorway (Romano di Lombardia exit), A4 motorway (Seriate exit) from the state road n. 11 Padana Superiore or by train (Milan-Verona-Venice route).

The poster of the 2018 edition

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The poster of the 2021 edition

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For more information on the exhibition Blades under the arcades: – facebook group “lamesottoiportici”, e-mail – Bruno Landi (333/6107156) only late afternoon and evening hours, Franco Dodesini (3939355725) only in the evening hours.


All makers and knife enthusiasts now consider “Blades under the arcades” an unmissable appointment in their calendar, not only an exhibition of knives but a pomp for both exhibitors and the public.

If you are passionate about knives it is a nice opportunity to visit this exhibition and the characteristic place where it takes place.

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