The Official 2000 BladeForums.Com Knives of the year awards!

I can only comment on knives I have. BEST FOLDER-Benchmade 940 Osborne. BEST AUTO-Microtech LCC D/A.
 
Hand Made knives


Best Hand Made Fixed Blade - Dozier K9
Best Hand Made Folder - Dozier Tab Stop
Best Hand Made Auto
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade - Dozier K9
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade - Dozier K series
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto
Best Custom Maker
Best Custom Folder Maker
Best Custom "Art" Knife

Production (Factory) Knives


Best Production Fixed Blade - Fallkniven F1
Best Production Folder - Spyderco Military
Best Production Auto
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade - Fallkniven WM-1
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade - Camillus Arc-Lite
Most Innovative Production Folder - Spyderco Gunting
Most Innovative Automatic Knife
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade - Fallkniven F1
Best Buy: Production Folder - Spyderco Military
Best Buy: Production Auto
Best QC (Quality Control) - Spyderco
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year - Spyderco
Best Multitool
Best Kitchen Knives
Best Sheath System: After Market - On Scene Tactical
Best Sheath System: OEM
Best Knife Accessory - Spyderco Sharpmaker


BladeForums


BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year - J. K. Mattis
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year - Paracelsus
BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread
BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread
 



Hand Made knives


Best Hand Made Fixed Blade-My Randall Model # 1 with Maroon micarta!
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Best Hand Made Folder -i don't know!
Best Hand Made Auto-not sure
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade-no comment
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade-Randall Model # 1!
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Best Buy: Hand Made Folder???
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto?????
Best Custom Maker-Too many to list- Bud Nealy
Best Custom Folder Maker-Elishewitz!!!!!!
Best Custom "Art" Knife

Production (Factory) Knives


Best Production Fixed Blade-Busse Battle Mistress!!!
Best Production Folder-SEBENZA!!!!!!!!!
Best Production Auto-MT-CT II
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade-Fallkniven F-1
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade-Camillus CQB
Most Innovative Production Folder-I still think the Speedtech synergy most of the decade.otherwise I go with BM axis lock -especially the 940
Most Innovative Automatic Knife-Darrel Ralph Apogee!!!
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade-Fallkniven-S-1
Best Buy: Production Folder-BM Osborne 940
Best Buy: Production Auto-MT-LCC
Best QC (Quality Control) RANDALL KNIVES
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Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year
Best Multitool-Victorinox SAK
Best Kitchen Knives-Titanium GINSU
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Best Sheath System: After Market-Ka-Bar Kydex fixed blade sheath
Best Sheath System: OEM-Bud Nealy
Best Knife Accessory-Spyderco 204 Sharpmaker


BladeForums


BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year-James Mattis!!!!!!!!!
BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread
BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread-far to many to recall


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I have a short memory, so I'll have to try to respond about some of the designated categories after I've racked my brains. But there's never a bad time to honor the memory of James K. Mattis. And so for BEST THREAD of 2000 I'd propose the long, long one in which so many BF members shared their feelings about the loss of a truly decent and wonderful guy.

And for best custom knife of the year, my vote goes to the JKM-1, a Finnish puokko/Nepalese karda hybrid designed by James Mattis and built by Kumar, the khukuri master craftsman at BirGorkha.
 
Production (Factory) Knives


Best Production Fixed Blade:kellam puukko
Best Production Folder:MT LCC
Best Production Auto:Microtech nemesis
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade:Spyderco Moran
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade:talonite cuda
Most Innovative Production Folder:gunting
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade:arclite
Best Buy: Production Folder: MT LCC
Best QC (Quality Control):Microtech
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year:Spyderco
Best Multitool:Swisstool
Best Kitchen Knives:Spyderco
Best Sheath System: After Market: on scene tactical
Best Knife Accessory:spyderco sharpmaker 204


BladeForums


BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year:james mattis
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year:paracelsus
BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread:Misko

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Brian

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Here Goes:
Best Handmade Fixed- RJ Martin Vanguard Odyssey
Folder- Kit Carson M16 A1
Small Utility Fixed- Rob Simonich Cetan
Best Buy Fixed- David Boye Dropped point Trapper
Folder- Bob Dozier Trapper
Best Maker Fixed- Daniel Winkler
Folder- Kit Carson
Art Knife- Michael Walker
Best Production Fixed- SOG San Mai III
Folder- Case Tony Bose Trapper
Auto- Tinives Hybrid
Small Utility Fixed- BM Nimravus Cub
Most Innovative Fixed- Mission MPK
Folder- Imagical Design's I.D. 2000
Auto- Protech Mini O.T.F.
Best Buy Fixed- Schrade D'Holder
Folder- Timberline Valloton Discovery Lock
Auto- Benchmark Sidewinder
Manufacturer- Chris Reeve Knives
Multitool- Spyderco Spyderench
Kitchen Knives- Fallkniven
Sheath Aftermarket- Karen Shook
Sheath OEM- Blade-Tech
Accessory- Tuf-Glide/Tuf-Cloth
Bladeforums Member- James K. Mattis
Moderator- Paracelsus

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Most innovative: Anything "Axis"
Best Buy Folder: CRKT Point Guard or KFF
Manufacturer: CRKT
 
Hand Made knives

* Best Hand Made Fixed Blade : Roger Massey Stag Hunter
* Best Hand Made Folder
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arrel Ralph EDC
* Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade : Neil Blackwood Small Hunter in D2 / Darrel Ralph Skeletonized Arclight
* Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade: : Himalayan Imports Khukuri
* Best Custom Maker : Audra Draper
* Best Custom "Art" Knife : Chang/Herman Changbenza with HermanLok
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Production (Factory) Knives

* Best Production Fixed Blade : Camillus BK & T Magnum Camp Knife
* Best Production Folder : MicroTech LCC/MA
* Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade : Camillus/Darrel Ralph Arclight
* Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade: No good candidates
* Most Innovative Production Folder: Spyderco Gunting
* Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade: Camillus BK&T Magnum Camp Knife
* Best Buy: Production Folder CKRT Point Guard or Kasper Fighting Folder (Tie)
* Best QC (Quality Control) : Chris Reeve Knives/ MicroTech (Tie)
* Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year : Chris Reeve Knives
* Best Multitool : Leatherman Wave
* Best Kitchen Knives: Murray Carter Muteki Line
* Best Sheath System: After Market : On Scene Tactical
* Best Sheath System: OEM : EdgeWorks
* Best Knife Accessory :Edgepro Professional Sharpening System

* Best Knife Vendor - Production: Bayou Lafourche
* Best Knife Vendor - Custom: The Edge Equipment(Kevin Pensinger) / Robertson's Custom Cutlery (Les Robertson) - Tie


BladeForums

* BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year : Bob Irons/ James Mattis (Tie)
* BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year : James Mattis
* BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread : Talmadge Tactical Kitchen Knife
* BladeForums.com Special: Most Humorous Thread : Hermanator Lock

* BladeForums.com Special: Best Knife Reviewer : Sergiuz Mitin

*Best Internet Knife Forum: BladeForums.com
 
Being new to the knife world there is little I can honestly and knowledgeably comment on:

Hand Made knives

Best Hand Made Folder - Tom Mayo TNT
Tom came out with this design this year. At first I wasn't really excited about it. I felt it was kind of expensive, and sort of plain looking. After handling one in person I was stoked. Talonite and Titanium, mix in a little a Mayo, and you've got the recipie for very precise handmade folder.

Best Buy: Hand Made Folder
My Ray Rogers Warlock isn't the nicest folder, and it does have it's flaws, but Ray definitely makes a nice knife for the dollar.


Production (Factory) Knives

Best Production Folder
Although it hasn't gotten a lot of "talk" lately, I think the Speedtech Synergy is one of the top production knives available. The knife is a shining example of precision machining.

Best Buy: Production Folder
While I don't own any, I have handled quite a few CRKT knives. Definitely not the best knives on the market, but an excellent buy.


~Mitch

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My Hobby Page
 
It has to be the LCC by Microtech. Putting the quality of a custom, in my hands for the price of a good production model is no easy feat, and they did it with amazing success.


Steve in NYC

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What we do today in life...echoes in eternity...
Every man dies...not every man lives...
 
Best Custom Maker: Jerry Hossom
Best Hand Made Fixed Blade: Millenium Black Fighter
Best Production Small Fixed Blade: Busse Lean Mean Street
Best Sheath System: Aftermarket - Sheaths by Matt Draper
 
OK, here goes...

Hand Made knives
 Best Hand Made Fixed Blade – Rob Simonich Cetan
 Best Hand Made Folder – Darrel Ralph EDC Carbon Fiber
 Best Hand Made Auto – Darrel Ralph Illusion Apogee
 Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade – Rob Simonich Pikuni
 Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade – GenO Denning
 Best Buy: Hand Made Folder -
 Best Buy: Hand Made Auto
 Best Custom Maker – Darrel Ralph
 Best Custom Folder Maker – Kit Carson
 Best Custom "Art" Knife – John W. Smith

Production (Factory) Knives
 Best Production Fixed Blade – Camillus Becker Knife & Tool Machax
 Best Production Folder – Emerson Knives’ SARK
 Best Production Auto – MicroTech Lightfoot LCC DA
 Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade – Spyderco FB02 Moran
 Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade – Camillus CUDA Simonich Talon
 Most Innovative Production Folder – Masters Of Defense Dieter CQD
 Most Innovative Automatic Knife – MicroTech Lightfoot LCC DA
 Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade – CRKT MDP Stiff KISS
 Best Buy: Production Folder – CRKT Crawford Kasper
 Best Buy: Production Auto – MicroTech MUDT
 Best QC (Quality Control) – Emerson Knives
 Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year – William Henry Fine Knives
 Best Multitool – Victorinox SwissTool
 Best Kitchen Knives – Spyderco Pro Culinaire
 Best Sheath System: After Market – Mike Sastre/River City Sheaths
 Best Sheath System: OEM – Camillus/Becker Knife & Tool (Sheaths by Edge Works)
 Best Knife Accessory – Sentry Solutions Tuf Series (Tuf Cloth, Marine Tuf Cloth, Tuf-Glide)

BladeForums
 BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year – L6STEEL (Michael Cooper). Always willing to help out fellow makers by dispensing advice, plus one hell of a nice guy to boot!
 BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year – James Mattis
 BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread –
 BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread – “How Many Different Bastids Are There?” by Donna Barnas in W&C



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Proud member of AKTI, NCCKG, NCKK, and SCAK

In memory of James K. Mattis
 
I guess I will only base this on the knives I have or have handled/had experience with.

Hand Made knives

Best Hand Made Folder-Elishewitz Neo
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder-D.C. Munroe Chimera
Best Custom Folder Maker-Allen Elishewitz

Production (Factory) Knives

Best Production Folder-BM 732
Most Innovative Production Folder-Any knife with Speed safe, Axis lock, or Wave
Best Buy: Production Folder-CRKT Point Guard
Best QC (Quality Control)-Spyderco
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year-Spyderco
Best Multitool-Leatherman Wave
Best Knife Accessory-Sentry Solution Tuf-Cloth
 
Best Hand Made Fixed Blade Matt Lamey Sunrise Fighter
Best Hand Made Folder Darrel Ralph EDC Carbon Fiber
Best Hand Made Auto Tim Herman Auto Sliver
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade Simonich Wilderness w/ Parasite
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade Ed Caffrey EBK
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder Geno Denning Interframe
Best Custom Maker Kit Carson
Best Custom Folder Maker Kit Carson
Best Custom "Art" Knife <a href ="http://www.bladegallery.com/m.pl/knife.htm?90&pics=big">David Broadwell Eleutherotes</a>


Best Production Fixed Blade Camillus CUDA
Best Production Folder Benchmade 940
Best Production Auto Microtech LCC D/A
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade Camillus Talonite Talon
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade Ralph/Camillus Arclite
Most Innovative Production Folder REKAT Sifu
Most Innovative Automatic Knife Microtech LCC D/A
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade Camillus CUDA
Best Buy: Production Folder Benchmade 940
Best Buy: Production Auto Microtech LCC D/A
Best QC (Quality Control) William Henry
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year Camillus
Best Multitool Spyderench
Best Sheath System: After Market Gary Graley
Best Sheath System: OEM Camillus CUDA sheath w/ Tek Lok
Best Knife Accessory Edge Pro Professional Model

BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year Gary Graley
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year Paracelcus


Ryan

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For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

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Best Hand Mades:

Folder - Darrel Ralph EDC

Small utility FB - Ralph Arclite

Best maker - Darrel Ralph
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Best Production Knives:

Folder - Al Mar SERE 2000

Most Innovative - Spyderco Gunting

Best buy folder - CRK&T Crawford/Kasper

Production Auto - Microtech LCC

Best QC - Microtech
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BladeForums:

Best Moderator - James Mattis

Member - James Mattis
 
I have to say that since I go through at least a dozen factory folders a year. I just have to know if the latest and greatest is a good user or not.
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Out of all the factory folders I have used this year I would have to pick the Kershaw/Onion Boa. It keeps finding it's way back into my pocket. Just the rite size. One of my favorite steels. The folks at work just love the looks of the MC version. That and now I am hooked on the Speed Safe design. I just can't decide which hand made folder is best. Too many great ones out there these days.


Regards,

Tom Carey
 
Hand Made knives

Best Hand Made Fixed Blade Ed Caffrey Montana Wind - You've GOT to see this knife... Incredible!
Best Hand Made Folder
Best Hand Made Auto Darrel Ralph Stiletto
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade Niel Blackwood small Tac/Utility in Stellite
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade Matt Lamey Sunrise Fighter, Ed Caffrey EBK, Allen Blade Combat Patrol Bowie, or any GenO Denning hunter
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Best Buy: Hand Made Folder
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto
Best Custom Maker Ed Caffrey
Best Custom Folder Maker
Best Custom "Art" Knife Tim Herman's Engraved Sliver

Production (Factory) Knives

Best Production Fixed Blade Busse Steel Heart II E
Best Production Folder William Henry Lancet
Best Production Auto Microtech SOCOM Elite Auto
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade Any of the Busse "E" line
Most Innovative Production Folder
Most Innovative Automatic Knife
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade Busse Basic 5
Best Buy: Production Folder
Best Buy: Production Auto
Best QC (Quality Control)Microtech
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year Microtech
Best Multitool Leatherman Wave
Best Kitchen Knives
Best Sheath System: After Market Kenny Rowe Pin-Lock
Best Sheath System: OEM
Best Knife Accessory


BladeForums

BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year Paracelsus
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year JKM
BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread What makes a Custom Knifemaker Good?
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BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread Outside of W&C, I gotta vote for BillyTran!
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Hand Made knives

Best Hand Made Fixed Blade Corbet Sigman
Best Hand Made Folder Greg Lightfoot
Best Hand Made Auto
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade Corbet Sigman working
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto
Best Custom Maker
Best Custom Folder Maker
Best Custom "Art" Knife


Production (Factory) Knives

Best Production Fixed Blade
Best Production Folder
Best Production Auto MT LCC
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade
Most Innovative Production Folder
Most Innovative Automatic Knife
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade
Best Buy: Production Folder CRKT Lightfoot
Best Buy: Production Auto
Best QC (Quality Control)CRKT
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year
Best Multitool
Best Kitchen Knives
Best Sheath System: After Market
Best Sheath System: OEM
Best Knife Accessory


BladeForums

BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year
BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread
BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous Thread
 

Production (Factory) Knives
· Best Production Fixed Blade : D2 Ka Bar
· Best Production Folder Large Classic Sebenza
· Best Production Auto
· Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade BM Nimravious
· Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade
· Most Innovative Production Folder Spyderco Military
· Most Innovative Automatic Knife
· Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade D2 Ka Bar
· Best Buy: Production Folder Spyderco Endura
· Best Buy: Production Auto
· Best QC (Quality Control) Chris Reeve
· Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year Spyderco
· Best Multitool Leatherman Supertool
· Best Kitchen Knives Spyderco
· Best Sheath System: After Market
· Best Sheath System: OEM Eagle
· Best Knife Accessory Tuf Cloth

BladeForums
· BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year Nemo
· BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year Paracelcus
· BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread
BladeForums.com Special: Most Humerous


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Ranger motto
 
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