2013 BLADE Show Knives of the Year

Knife enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in June for the annual BLADE Show + Living Ready Expo. This is the largest and most prestigious knife gathering of the year.   This is the Super Bowl of the knife industry.  Always eagerly anticipated are the Knife of the Year Awards.  Below is a list of this year’s winners:

  • Overall Knife Of The Year: Zero Tolerance 0454
  • American-Made Knife Of The Year: Hogue Elishewitz EX-04
  • Imported Knife Of The Year: Fox Knives Modras
  • Most Innovative American Design: Microtech D.O.C. Kill Switch
  • Most Innovative Imported Design: CRKT Ken Onion Swindle
  • Best Buy Of The Year: CRKT Endorser
  • Kitchen Knife Of The Year: Ken Onion Chef Works
  • Investor/Collector Knife Of The Year: Pro-Tech Newport
  • Knife Collaboration Of The Year: Microtech Mick Strider
  • Manufacturing Quality Award: Chris Reeve Knives
  • Accessory Of The Year: CRKT Onion Survival Parasaw
  • Industry Achievement Award: American Bladesmith Society (ABS) master smith Joe Keeslar for introducing  the ABS and modern bladesmithing to France through annual workshops, as well as teaching bladesmithing in the USA via seminars and his books, for his award-winning knives, and for his leadership via several terms on the ABS Board Of Directors and as chairman of the ABS, and;
  • Publisher’s Award: Joyce Laituri, marketing manager of Spyderco, for almost two decades of setting the standard for how to best promote and publicize a knife company’s knives—in this case, those of Spyderco. Her ability to work with the media in terms of providing Spyderco knives, knife imagery, knife information and other materials has been a model for all others in public relations to emulate. No one has done it better.

    Zero Tolerance 0454 – Overall Knife of the Year!

    Hogue EX-04 Folder G10, G-Mascus Lava Blue 3.5" Wharncliffe Blade (Item No. 34463)

    Hogue Elishiwetz EX-04 – American-Made Knife Of The Year

    Fox Knives Modras – Imported Knife Of The Year


    Microtech D.O.C. Kill Switch – Most Innovative American Design

    CRKT Ken Onion Swindle – Most Innovative Imported Design

    The Blade Magazine 2013 Best Buy Of The Year is the CRKT Endorser, named during the 2013 BLADE Show. (CRKT photo)

    CRKT Endorser – Best Buy of the Year!

    Chef Coats and Chefs Jackets

    Ken Onion Chef Works Rain – Kitchen Knife Of The Year

    Pro-Tech Newport – Investor/Collector Knife Of The Year

    Microtech Mick Stride – Knife Collaboration Of The Year!

    Chris Reeve Knives – Manufacturing Quality Award

    CRKT Onion Survival Para-saw – Accessory Of The Year

    CRKT Onion Survival Para-saw – Accessory Of The Year!

    American Bladesmith Society (ABS) master smith Joe Keeslar – Industry Achievement Award

    Joyce Laituri, marketing manager of Spyderco – Publisher’s Award


  • Best Tactical Folder: Sniper Bladeworks
  • Best Fixed Blade: David Lisch;
  • Yvon Vachon Best Miniature Award: Yoshio Sakauchi;
  • Best Sword: David Mirabile;
  • Best Damascus: John White;
  • Best Art Knife: Steve Rapp;
  • Best Collaboration: Bob Terzuola and Brian Fellhoelter;
  • Best New Maker: David Sharp; 
  • Best Folder: Scott Sawby; 
  • Best Bowie: John White;
  • Best Handle Design: E. Scott McGhee;
  • Best Fighter: E. Scott McGhee;
  • Best of the Rest: Steve Culver;
  • Most Innovative Design: Grant and Gavin Hawk;
  • Best Utility Hunter: Alan Hutchinson;
  • Hugh Bartrug Best of Show Award: John White.

About 1K Ton Goal Project

I am an Assistant District Attorney the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. On November 20, 2017, Comedian Bert Kreischer inspired me to start a weight loss journey. I started the journey at 475 pounds. Through Bert's support, Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer and Fitness Legend, Diamond Dallas Page, I reached changed my life. DDP Yoga and Nutrition helped me lose over 240 pounds and increased the quality of my daily life, every day. It is my goal to inspire 10,000 people to lose 200 pounds. If successful, I will help remove 2,000,000 pounds from this planet. Another way to say 2 million is 1,000 tons (10,000 x 200). Hence the name, 1K Ton. Welcome to the 1K Ton Goal Project. Vance
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