The best custom knives by some of the world's best custom makers were celebrated this past weekend at the world's largest knife show, the BLADE Show (www.bladeshow.com), at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael Ruth Jr. won both the Hugh Bartrug Best Of Show and Best Sword for his elegant English hunting sword. Meanwhile, Mike Williams scored big time by winning two awards: Best Utility Hunter and Best Of The Rest. Japan's Yoshio Sakauchi won the Yvon Vachon Best Miniature for a phenomenal fifth straight year.
All of the winners, by category:
Hugh Bartrug Best Of Show/Best Sword: Michael Ruth Jr.
Best Tactical Folder: Kirby Lambert
Most Innovative Design: Brian Tighe
Best Handle Design: Ron Newton
Best Folder: Ken Erickson
Yvon Vachon Best Miniature: Yoshio Sakauchi
Best Art Knife: Van Barnett (pictured at top)
Best Fixed Blade: Kevin Cashen
Best Bowie: Jason Knight
Best New Maker: Tom Ploppert
Best Fighter: David Mirabile
Best Knife Collaboration: Bob Terzuola and Gus Cecchini
Best Utility Hunter: Mike Williams
Best Damascus: David Lisch
Best Of The Rest: Mike Williams
For the complete story on the winners and the knives, see the November BLADE®.
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