Here you go: The Blade Magazine 2011 Knife Of The Year® Awards:
Overall Knife Of The Year:
We got to see this one at the Blade show and it is a beauty. This one is sure to end up on anyone’s must have list. It will have a 3.75″ composite blade: the carriage is Devin Thomas “Herringbone” Damascus, and the cutting edge is Bohler N360. Think about that…it means a functional damascus blade that you wont feel bad about using. The handle is 3D machined carbon fiber and the pocket clip is 3D machined titanium. The knife will also have a titanium adjustable sub-frame lock.
Here is a rendering of what the knife will look like:
American Made Knife Of The Year:
Spyderco Native 5 (Fluted Titanium)
The Native 5 knife embodies all of the features of the lightweight Native into a fluted titanium version with a premium CPM-S35VN blade. The fluted titanium on this knife looks really cool. We will try to get pictures soon.
Imported Knife Of The Year:
This knife is a collaboration between Butch Vallotton and Spyderco done in a sort of Italian-style, heavy-duty folder. The Sub-Hilt has a modified “coffin-shaped” handle of polished black G-10 with fitted stainless bolsters. The knife has a linerlock mechanism and a four-way steel pocket clip.
Most Innovative American Design:
The Select Fire is a new design by Microtech that we are really impressed with. It has an aluminum handle with carbon fiber inserts in the front, and red or blue anodized spacers on the spine of the knife. The nested locking liner tab is slick and functions solidly. This knife will have a S35-VN stainless steel blade.
Most Innovative Imported Design:
The Dobolock is a sideopening folder. The blades open across the palm of the hand and “dobolock” stands for “double bolt lock” that describes the kind of locking mechanism for the blade. To get an idea of how it works check out the video below.
Best Buy Of The Year:
This is a Ken Onion designed knife built to be rugged and still value priced. The intention was to make a knife that could be used daily on the job, and the special polymer handle can take the worst abuse and still look good. This knife really is a good deal that will serve you for years and years.
Investor/Collector Knife Of The Year:
William Henry Studio ST-4010
To be honest, there is not much information out there about this knife. I am still working on it. If any of you know anything let us know.
Manufacturing Quality Award:
Chris Reeve Knives
Chris Reeve takes this award again. His knives always have some of the best fit and finish of any knives that I see.
One of the 2011 Blade Show beauties:
Collaboration Of The Year:
This knife is another exciting collaboration between Zero Tolerance and Rick Hinderer (although we are still waiting on the other one). This one is going to have an Elmax steel blade with a stonewash finish. This knife will have a titanium frame lock with a fully 3D machined handle. One side is G-10 and will be available in “dark earth” and in black.
Kitchen Knife Of The Year:
Kershaw Shun Fuji
The Kershaw Shun line of kitchen knives have won many awards over the years, and this year Kershaw took the prize home again.
Accessory Of The Year:
Blade-Tech MOLLE Lok
Blade Tech took home the prize for their innovative Molle-Lok attaching system. The Molle-Lok attaches accessories to just about any Molle compatible system.