By Johnny Jackson
Lowell Lahrmer owns thousands of knives and books pertaining to knives.
"It was a hobby that got out of hand," quipped Lahrmer, a regional knife dealer.
A native of Mooresboro, N.C., Lahrmer is one of about 100 venders from across the country, who will take part in this weekend's R. K. Gun and Knife Show in McDonough.
The showcase, which draws vendors from 10 states mostly in, and around, the Southeast, is one of the largest such attractions to be held in Henry County.
"We were just kind of looking for a new venue," said Rex Kehrli, who has owned the showcase for 21 years. "It's an area that we thought would be pretty good for us. As you get farther south of the McDonough area, you get into a pretty [active] hunting territory."
Similar showcases, Kehrli said, have gotten more than 2,000 patrons. "We have basically three areas that we target," he said. "We target the hunters and the sportsmen, we target gun collectors, and we target the target shooters."
The showcase is an exhibit of various types of knives, rifles, shotguns, and hand guns, both modern and antique.
"We sell a lot to military people and police officers," added Lahrmer, who attends about 45 showcases each year.
In the 20 years since creating his company, Confederate Cutlery, he has sold thousands of knives and books, and he credits the showcase venue as being a buyer's paradise.
"There are not a lot of places to go," he said, "where you can get a selection like this."
The R. K. Gun and Knife Show is known for having vendors travel from as far away as South Dakota to take part in the events, added Joe Smith, show manager.
"With this place, you've got a lot of different vendors," Smith said. "This is going to be a very good show."
The event will be held this weekend at the Peachtree Peddlers Market, located at 115 Mill Road in McDonough, Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m.
Admission is expected to be $10 per person at the door on both days. Those who purchase Saturday tickets, however, may re-enter the event free of charge on Sunday.
Organizers are planning another gun-and-knife show for June 6-7, at the same location. Schedules and admission discounts for either of the shows are available at the R. K. (Rex Kehrli) Shows web site.
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