Got to say I was a little disappointed this year with KNIVES'99 . . . I've got them all since the very early 80's and this was one of the thinest on the bookshelf. There were a lot of mis-spelled names with the photographs, and a number of makers mentioned amongst the photo's who couldn't be found in the back catalogue.
As for the knives themselves, some interesting pieces, brilliant work by Wolfgang Loerchner stood out for me. Still tear my hair out that I didn't get a Ron Lake 9 years back when I had the chance . . . the Howard Viele linerlockers looked great, as did Lum's Chinese folder.
I have to agree with you with the unusually high number of miss-spellings in it this time around. I found that 99 is about the same size as 92, but a good point non the less. I was pretty excited about Wolfgang's pieces too, it's kinda home town pride I guess(I live up the road a ways from Wolf). One of the things that really bugged me is that there was no index for photos as there has been for years. At $32 Canadian, I certainly hope they improve the annual, because I'm not sure I will continue to buy it at its rate of decline.
I will also agree that Knives 99 and also Knives 98 last year were no where near as good as the others.It almost seems like they are published now as an after thought.To bad cause I always looked at them as the yearly Bible for cutlery.
I found it a little thin this year as well. I thought the previous two years had been better. Gotta admit though, '99 is my favorite because there is a picture of one of my knives, and my name is even spelled right. Page 132 if you're curious.
The only thing vaguely persian is the line of the false edge. The rest of it is pretty thoroughly Bowie. Coffin handle, straight guard, full tapered tang, distal taper. Your basic 19th century tactical with a twist.