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2017 Knife of the Year® Award Winners & Custom Knife Award Winners – BLADE Show

Atlanta, Georgia (June 3, 2017) – Awards recognizing the highest achievement in the custom and factory knife industries were bestowed the evening of Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the BLADE Show in the Cobb Galleria.

2017 BLADE Show Knife of the Year® Award Winners

Representatives from BLADE ( distributed BLADE Magazine Knife of the Year® awards in 13 categories. Two of the awards—Industry Achievement and Publisher’s—went to a retail knife store and a knife-related organization, respectively, for their contributions to the world of knives.

All entrants in the Knife of the Year® competition were judged on a number of factors, including utility, design, creativity, materials, aesthetics, feel and other traits.

2017 Overall Knife of the Year® – Lionsteel SR-11



2017 American Made Knife of the Year® – Spartan Blades Kranos

2017 Imported Knife of the Year® – Columbia River Knife & Tool Crossbones


2017 Most Innovative American Design – Tighe Breaker Integral Automatic, by Brian Tighe & Friends

2017 Most Innovative Imported Design – SOG Baton Q2


2017 Best Buy of the Year – Kershaw Dividend


2017 Investor/Collector Knife of the Year® – Pro-Tech Cambria Masterpiece Custom

2017 Manufacturing Quality Award – Lionsteel Knives

2017 Accessory of the Year – Wicked Edge Go


2017 Knife Collaboration of the Year – FOX Knives MK Ultra (Jason Knight & Doug Marcaida)

2017 Kitchen Knife of the Year® – Kai USA Shun Ayu

Personal/Professional Achievement Awards

The Knife of the Year Awards recognized achievements in knives at the personal and professional levels in the following categories:

2017 BLADE Show Custom Knife Winners

The 2017 BLADE Show Custom Knife Award Winners were also announced on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

Best in Show: CAS & Sam Lurquin collaboration
Best New Maker: Phil Jacob
Most Innovative Design: Grace Horne
Best Fixed Blade: CAS
Best Damascus: Mike Deibert
Best Bowie: Jean-Louis Regel
Best Folder: Glenn Waters
Best Fighter: Josh Fisher
Best Handle Design: Ben Seward
Best Miniature: Glenn Waters
Best of the Rest: Lloyd Studios
Best Utility Hunter: Wess Barnhill
Best Tactical Folder: Brian Nadeau
Best Sword: Ron Chen
Best Collaboration: CAS & Sam Lurquin
Best Art Knife: David Broadwell

About BLADE Show

The BLADE Show is the world’s largest, most important knife show, and has taken place every year since 1982 and in Atlanta since 1992. Upwards of 1,000 exhibitors from more than 20 countries display their knives and knife-related items over a three-day cutlery celebration that also features BLADE University knife seminars, knife auctions, custom knife awards, celebrity appearances and much more.


BLADE® Magazine ( is the world’s No.1 knife publication. It is also the world’s oldest knife magazine, publishing its first issue in 1973. In conjunction with the BLADE Show, it has sponsored the Knife of the Year® Awards annually since 1982. The awards are the most coveted honors in the factory knife industry and are voted on by the booth exhibitors at the BLADE Show, who this year number more than 200. Only BLADE Show booth exhibitors are eligible to enter.

The BLADE Show and BLADE Magazine are the properties of F+W of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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