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

Best Production Folder:Microtech Lcc
Best Custom handmade fixed blade:Allen Blade Combat Patrol Bowie
Custom Handmade small Fixed: Allen Blade or Bob Dozier

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Production (Factory) Knives
  • Best Production Fixed Blade - Fällkniven S1. I'm not sure it is issued during this year but it became available in my country (and seems in the rest of Europe) this year.
  • Best Production Folder - BENCHMADE Model 940 Osborne.
  • Best Production Auto - I do not have a liking for automatics so I'll leave these selections blank.
  • Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade - BENCHMADE Nimravus Cub in M-2 steel. It was catalogued in 1999 as new but became really available in Europe just this year.
  • Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade - SOG X-42 Recondo.
  • Most Innovative Production Folder - KERSHAW Boa.
  • Most Innovative Automatic Knife
  • Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade - SPYDERCO Bill Moran Featherweight. This is not new knife but the newest edition with traditionally beveled edge and Concealex sheath appeared this year, so formally I have right to mention it here
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  • Best Buy: Production Folder - CRKT Pat Crawford's Point Guard
  • Best Buy: Production Auto
  • Best QC (Quality Control) - BENCHMADE. Believe me or not but I really have no one quality problem with their knives and I gain confidence to consider them as Mercedes among knife manufacturers.
  • Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year - SPYDERCO. I like a lot their continuos search for innovations. Some their news I do like more and some another less but I'm sure without this search world's knife supply could become quite boring within very short time.
  • Best Multitool - SPYDERCO SpydeRench
  • Best Kitchen Knives - Fällkniven K1 and K2 (to be reviewed soon).
  • Best Sheath System: After Market
  • Best Sheath System: OEM - SPYDERCO Bill Moran Featherweight new Concealex sheath with Tek Lok clip.
  • Best Knife Accessory - SPYDERCO Tri-Angle Sharpmaker
Happy New Year!
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[This message has been edited by Sergiusz Mitin (edited 12-26-2000).]
 
Hand Made Knives

Best Hand Made Folder--Apogee
Best Custom Folder Maker--Darrel Ralph

Production Knives

Best Production Folder--Classic Sebenza
Best Buy: Production Folder--LCC
Best Quality Conrol--Microtech
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year--Microtech
Best Knife Accessory--Sentry Solutions Tuf-Glide
Moderator of the Year--James K. Mattis


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"I'm out there Jerry, and I'm lovin' every minute of it!"--Kramer
 
Hand Made knives


Best Hand Made Fixed Blade: Busse "Battle Mistress"
Best Hand Made Folder: Bob Dozier "Workhorse"
Best Hand Made Auto: Ralph "Apogee"
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade: Simonich "Cetan"
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade: any Dozier
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder: any William Henry
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto: ???
Best Custom Maker: Kit Carson
Best Custom Folder Maker: Kit Carson
Best Custom "Art" Knife: Ieeeks!


Production (Factory) Knives

Best Production Fixed Blade: Chris Reeve "Shadow I"
Best Production Folder: Chris Reeve "Sebenza"
Best Production Auto: ???
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade: Camillus/Simonich "Talon"
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade: Camillus/Simonich "Talon"
Most Innovative Production Folder: Spyderco "Spydercard"
Most Innovative Automatic Knife: ???
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade: The Camillus "Becker" line
Best Buy: Production Folder: CRKT "M16 carbon fiber"
Best Buy: Production Auto: ???
Best QC (Quality Control): Chris Reeve
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year: Chris Reeve
Best Multitool: Leatherman "Sideclip"
Best Kitchen Knives: F. Dick
Best Sheath System: After Market: Frank Sigman
Best Sheath System: OEM: Strider
Best Knife Accessory: "Sandflex" polishing blocks
 
best production folder-sebenza
best production fixed blade-cr-project 1
best buy production folder-spyderco delica
best multitool-leatherman wave
best production fixed blade-cold steel bushranger
best production company-spyderco
 
Well, I'll give this a shot...


Hand Made knives


Best Hand Made Fixed Blade n/a
Best Hand Made Folder D. Ralph Small Apogee
Best Hand Made Auto n/a
Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade n/a
Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade n/a
Best Buy: Hand Made Folder n/a
Best Buy: Hand Made Auto n/a
Best Custom Maker Darrel Ralph
Best Custom Folder Maker Mel Pardue
Best Custom "Art" Knife n/a

Production (Factory) Knives


Best Production Fixed Blade Camillus Talon
Best Production Folder CRK Sebenza
Best Production Auto MT LCC D/A
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade
Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade Camillus Talon
Most Innovative Production Folder Benchmade Osborne 940
Most Innovative Automatic Knife n/a
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade Camillus/Ralph ArcLite
Best Buy: Production Folder Gerber (say what?!) SLG 3.25
Best Buy: Production Auto MT LCC D/A
Best QC (Quality Control)Spyderco
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year Benchmade
Best Multitool Leatherman Crunch
Best Kitchen Knives n/a
Best Sheath System: After Market n/a
Best Sheath System: OEM n/a
Best Knife Accessory Tuff Cloth

 
This was a slow year for me.

I think the best I got this year is:

1. Prduction Auto: MT/Lightfoot LCC
2. Small MA: MT Mini Socom
3. All Around Use: Kershaw Blackout (I know, it is from last year...) Still, great all around.

Ciao!!



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Best handmade fixed-David Broadwell
folder-Ralph Turnbull
auto-Larry Chew Quicksilver
Sm.Util Fixed-Ron Gaston
Best Buy Handmade Fixed-Matt Lamey
Folder.Ray Rogers
Auto-Larry Chew Spitfire
Best Custom Maker-Richard Rogers
Folder-Richard Rogers
Art Knife-Auto Shard-Jeff Harkins
Best Production Fixed- Falkniven S-1
Folder-SpeedTech Synergy
Innovative Auto-LCC DA
Folder-940 Benchmade
Sheath-Gary Graley
Kitchen-Henkels
Multi Tool-Gerber
Member of Year-Gus Kalanzis
Moderator Of year-James Mattis
 
Best hand made auto
Larry Chew---Cujo D/A


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Member--Texas Knife Makers and Collectors Association
 
Member of the year: Gene74-oh so modest
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Moderator of the year: Parcelknuts-i hate to admit it but you have a good head on your shoulders(i think those where your shoulders), your willing to help others, a great since of humor, and a wierd thing for paddles
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Best OA Thread: STIHL-Pet Peeves

Funniest Thread: anything by VG-i'm not sure if it's funny or disturbing.

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You may think it's funny but wait till it's your turn.
 
So, only knives that were introduced last year... that makes it a bit harder
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Production (Factory) Knives
Best Production Fixed Blade = CRK Kathathu
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Best Production Folder = Sebenza Classic MM (the plain or "new" Sebenza is nicer than the Classic, but Classic was introduced last year...)
Best Production Auto = MT LCC DA
Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade = Fällkniven H1 (could be also in Best Production Fixed Blade -category)
Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade = Anything from J.Martiini. (can't name any, since I don't know what models have been introduced last year..)
Best Buy: Production Folder = Klötzli M.Walker plain edge wharncliffe (I'm not sure when this was out, but at least the plain edge versions I saw only in the end of last year...)
Best Buy: Production Auto = MT UDT
Best QC (Quality Control) = Klötzli (also CRK is probably still as good as it was before but I didn't get anything from them last year...)
Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year = William Henry (Good enough quality, very good designs, and not too high prices)
Best Multitool = Gerber Multi-Plier 800
Best Kitchen Knives = Fällkniven (K2 & K1)

BladeForums
BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year = James Mattis
BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year = James Mattis

[This message has been edited by Hugo (edited 01-05-2001).]
 
Okay, here are my nominations…

Hand Made Knives
  • Best Hand Made Fixed Blade Neil Blackwood’s Tac/Utility Model in Stellite
  • Best Hand Made Folder Tom Mayo’s TNT
  • Best Hand Made Auto Larry Chew Spitfire
  • Best Hand Made Small Utility Fixed Blade Ray Kirk’s (RAKER Knives) Li’l Blue II
  • Best Buy: Hand Made Fixed Blade Anything by GenO Denning
  • Best Buy: Hand Made Folder Keith Coleman Banshee
  • Best Buy: Hand Made Auto ?
  • Best Custom Maker S. R. Johnson
  • Best Custom Folder Maker Tom Mayo (for his TNT series)
  • Best Custom "Art" Knife ?


Production (Factory) Knives
  • Best Production Fixed Blade Randall Made Knives Model 27 Trailblazer
  • Best Production Folder William Henry Lancet in Damascus and Pearl
  • Best Production Auto Microtech LCC DA
  • Best Production Small Utility Fixed Blade Fällkniven WM
  • Most Innovative Production Fixed Blade Camillus CUDA Talon
  • Most Innovative Production Folder Kershaw Ken Onion Boa
  • Most Innovative Automatic Knife Microtech LCC DA
  • Best Buy: Production Fixed Blade Grohmann Belt Knives
  • Best Buy: Production Folder Microtech LCC MA
  • Best Buy: Production Auto Microtech LCC DA
  • Best QC (Quality Control) William Henry Fine Knives
  • Overall Knife Manufacturer of the Year William Henry Fine Knives
  • Best Multitool Leatherman Wave
  • Best Kitchen Knives Spyderco
  • Best Sheath System: After Market ?
  • Best Sheath System: OEM ?
  • Best Knife Accessory Spyderco Model 204 SharpMaker


BladeForums
  • BladeForums.com Special: Member of the Year Bob Irons
  • BladeForums.com Special: Moderator of the Year James K. Mattis
  • BladeForums.com Special: Best Overall Thread JKM’s Tribute Thread
  • BladeForums.com Special: Most Humorous Thread The Collected Works of VG


[This message has been edited by UglyJim (edited 01-04-2001).]
 
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