2019 Knife of the Year® Award Winners & Custom Knife Award Winners – BLADE Show (Updated With New Photos)

2019 Knife of the Year® Award Winners & Custom Knife Award Winners – BLADE Show (Updated With New Photos)

Atlanta, Georgia (June 8, 2019) – Awards recognizing the highest achievement in the production and custom knife industries were bestowed the evening of Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the BLADE Show in the Cobb Galleria.

2019 BLADE Show Knife of the Year® Award Winners

Representatives from BLADE (www.blademag.com) distributed BLADE Magazine Knife of the Year® awards in 11 categories, plus awards for individuals’ career achievements. All entrants in the Knife of the Year® competition were evaluated by a super panel of undisclosed judges on a number of factors, including utility, design, creativity, materials, aesthetics, feel and other traits. This was different from years past, when booth holders at the show voted by ballot.

Overall Knife of the Year®: 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.

The Radius also brings home the Imported Knife of the Year® award.

American-Made Knife of the Year®: Microtech Socom Elite

This exemplary automatic is a hallmark of the American knife industry.

Most Innovative American Design: Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

Spyderco knocked out about a third of the weight (and the price point) of the standard Para 3 for this lightweight version.  

Most Innovative Imported Design: WE Knife .037

WE’s takedown design makes simplicity look easy. The company describes the .037 as sporting “self-locating interlocking tab frame construction.”

Best Buy of the Year: CRKT CEO

The CEO brings gents’ knives to the masses with its $49.99 price point.

Investor/Collector Knife of the Year®: ProTech Warenski/Brend Masterpiece Custom

ProTech continues to dominate this category with another attractive entry for investors. This one must be seen to be believed, but you’ll need to shell out $12,000.

Manufacturing Quality Award: Chris Reeve Knives

It’s not enough to perform at a high level once or twice. Chris Reeve Knives’s consistency in craftsmanship is key to this win.

Accessory of the Year: Outdoor Edge Para Spark

This survival bracelet is handy and just plain cool. Using the latch as a sheath is a nice touch.

Collaboration of the Year: Casstrom/Lars Falt/CAS Iberia Lars Falt Lockback

Simplicity equals versatility, as this lockback demonstrates, and yet the distinct touches of the collaboration still shine through. 

Kitchen Knife of the Year®: Apogee Dragon Storm (set of 4)

This set demonstrates the intersection of art and utility at a high level for a production kitchen knives.

Individual Achievement

Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® Inductees: Mel Pardue and Tony Bose (read the article here)

Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® Inductee (by proclamation): BLADE Editor Steve Shackleford – This came as a surprise to Shackleford, who was emceeing the ceremony. Inductees typically know they will be honored before the event. However, with the blessing of the others in the Hall of Fame, Shackleford was inducted by Bruce Voyles, former publisher of BLADE.

Adam Drescher movies
Adam Drescher (middle) during a break between scenes of the upcoming movie, The Mule.
At right is Clint Eastwood and at left is character actor Richard Herd. Adam owns Adam
Unlimited, which specializes in exotic skins for the knife and motorcycle industries, especially
rayskin. (Photos by Images courtesy of Adam Drescher)

Publisher’s Award: Adam Drescher (read the article here)

Industry Achievement Award: Lucas Burnley, for his charitable work with Toys for Tots

Aldo and Edda Lorenzi Award: Bill Ruple (this award comes with a $1,000 cash prize from the Lorenzi family to support the custom knife industry)

2019 BLADE Show Custom Knife Winners

The 2019 BLADE Show Custom Knife Award Winners were also announced on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

Best in Show: Harvey Dean

Best Art Knife: Veronique Laurent

Best Folder: Javier Vogt

Best Bowie: Jerry Fisk

Best Kitchen Knife: Doberman Forge

Best Fixed Blade: Harvey Dean

Best Damascus: Franco Custom Knives

Best New Maker: Esnyx Knives

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

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 (www.blademag.com) 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 Caribou Media LLC.

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