2019 BLADE Show Knife of the Year® Award Winners

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  1. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    • Overall Knife of the Year®: FOX Knives Radius
    • American-Made Knife of the Year®: Microtech Socom Elite
    • Imported Knife of the Year®: FOX Knives Radius
    • Most Innovative American Design: Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight
    • Most Innovative Imported Design: WE Knife 910 - 037
    • Best Buy of the Year: CRKT CEO
    • Investor/Collector Knife of the Year®: ProTech Warenski/Brend Masterpiece Custom
    • Manufacturing Quality Award: Chris Reeve Knives
    • Accessory of the Year: Outdoor Edge Para Spark
    • Collaboration of the Year: Casstrom/Lars Falt/CAS Iberia Lars Falt Lockback
    • Kitchen Knife of the Year®: Apogee Dragon Storm (set of 4)
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  2. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Thanks RamZar!
  3. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    What's the fox knives radius, Google doesn't show me anything
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  4. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    About the FOX Knives Radius: "Judges commented on the innovative opening mechanism and quality workmanship. The patent-pending mechanism requires the user to slightly depress and move the button along the U-shaped track for opening and closing."

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  5. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    2019 BLADE Show Custom Knife Winners

    • Best in Show: Harvey Dean
    • Best Tactical: Sergei Shirogorov
    • Best Art Knife: Veronique Laurent
    • Best Folder: Javier Vogt
    • Best Kitchen Knife: Doberman Forge
    • Best Fixed Blade: Harvey Dean
    • Best Damascus: Franco Custom Knives
    • Best New Maker: Evan Nicolaides
    • Best Collaboration: David Lisch & Andrew Meers
    • Best Handle Design: Ben Breda
    • Best Fighter: Brian Sellers
    • Best of the Rest: Ron Newton
    • Most Innovative Design: RJ Martin
    • Best Utility Hunter: Ben Breda
    • Best Sword: Vince Evans
    • Best Mini: Ohbuchi Isao
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  6. True Talon

    True Talon

    Aug 14, 2016
    The Winning Team

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  7. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    The Socom Elite deserved the American-Made Knife of the Year award, no question about it.
  8. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Fox Knives has really stepped it up with their designs and innovations the past few years. In 2018 they also won the Overall Knife of the Year®: FOX Knives SURU.
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  9. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    I take issue with the best buy of the year, a crkt ceo? really?
    $40 for a slim, manual folding 8cr13mov with a gfn handle?
    the only real innovative thing there is the thumbstud cutout, which looks to be a very small cutout
    (& it has no backspacer?)

    ... I guess the fact they use ikbs bearings is enough to push it over the edge? (not imho)

    just off the top of my head, the ruike p865 with 14c28n beats the crkt in every category (imho)
  10. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Here’s a video of the FOX Radius that was posted tonight:

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  11. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    The winners of the various categories of the Blade Show awards are voted on by their fellow exhibiting peers.
  12. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    I'd like to see the list of which ones were submitted for the 'best buy'
  13. Lance Leon

    Lance Leon Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2017
    I like WE knives, but even I have to question what exactly is so innovative about the 910 037. Seems like just another flipper framelock to me - it could be a great knife, but I don't see why it's novel.
  14. True Talon

    True Talon

    Aug 14, 2016
    $275 - $290 but they can't give it a titanium handle? Jesus....
  15. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    In the awards write-up they said: “WE’s takedown construction makes simplicity look easy.”

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  16. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
  17. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    I don't doubt that the Para 3 LW is a great knife, but what exactly is innovative about it?
  18. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Spyderco did a good job incorporating their compression lock into FRN handles without large nested liners thus weighing an ounce less than the G-10 model.

    “The Lightweight’s streamlined design includes a minimalist liner on one side of the blade’s pivot and a separate stainless steel lock bar. Both are firmly nested into molded cavities in the scales, which also include molded-in threaded inserts that anchor key assembly screws.”

    Check out the April 2019 Spyderco Byte newsletter for more details including a good video by Eric Glesser.

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  19. Fort Payne's Finest

    Fort Payne's Finest

    Jun 10, 2018
    You do realize that not everything has to be made from titanium to be perfectly functional and sound, no? Isn't there enough titanium wonder knifes out there? Sheesh.
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  20. True Talon

    True Talon

    Aug 14, 2016
    Yes I realize that but my point is, for the price they could have used much stronger titanium instead of aluminum. And you're the one saying "sheesh" to my comment? That's a laugh.

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