Yet another fantastic BLADE Show came and went. There were a ton of things to take away and we’ll continue to cover those in the coming weeks, but first on to one of our favorite parts: awards.
There were 15 awards handed out overall, but we’re only going to show you a few. You can find the full list of winners, including more pictures, at the BLADE Magazine blog.
Accessory of the Year – SOG Blade Light Sheath
The accessory of the year went to the unique sheath for the SOG BladeLight. If you want one of these award-winning sheaths, the SOG BladeLight Camp, SOG BladeLight Fillets and SOG BladeLight Tactical each come with one.
Best Buy Knife of the Year – Kershaw/Emerson CQC
The knife that’s considered the best buy this year is the Kershaw-Emerson CQC. The CQC is designed by famed knifemaker Ernest Emerson and built by Kershaw. The Emerson Knives Inc. version of the CQC is a high-end knife that goes for more than $100 and is a highly respected knife. (You can find some of the Emerson Knives Inc. CQC knives here.) With Kershaw producing the knives, the price has come down quite a bit, giving knife enthusiasts a way to buy.
Most Innovative Imported Knife of the Year – Klecker Knives TI-KLAX
I don’t mean to be bias, but I love innovative knives, so this award always gets me excited, and the innovative imported knife from Klecker Knives is drool-inducing. The TI-KLAX is a brilliant creation that features a ton of things. Let’s just let the Klecker Knives site lay down what it has: “Titanium Ax Blade, Hammer Head, Hex Wrench Set, 1/4” Bit Drive Socket, Bottle Opener, Lanyard Hole, Caribiner [sic], Ruler and KLAX Clamping System.”
Most Innovative American Knife Of The Year – Spartan Blades Integral Frame Slipjoint
Continuing with the innovative knives is the American-made Spartan Blades Integral Frame Slipjoint.
Imported Knife Of The Year – Spyderco Rubicon
Spyderco gets in on the award action with the Spyderco Rubicon taking home the Imported Knife of the Year Award. The Rubicon is a production model of the Peter Carey Rubicon. You can see more pictures like the one above and read more about the specs at the Spydercollector site.
American-Made Knife of the Year – Zero Tolerance 0562CF
It wouldn’t be a BLADE Show without a Zero Tolerance knife taking home an award. This year, the ZT 0562CF claimed the American-made Knife of the Year title. For those with a keen memory, we talked about this knife in the look at new Spyderco knives this year.
People’s Choice Knife of the Year – RAT Worx MRX
If I’m not mistaken, the People’s Choice isn’t a regular award, but the winner this year is the RAT Worx MRX.
Overall Knife of the Year – CRKT/Ken Onion Hi Jinx
Finally, there’s the big one: the Overall Knife of the Year. The CRKT Ken Onion Hi Jinx was announced just a short while before the BLADE Show and it wasn’t all too surprising that this premium folder took the top award. You can read a little more about the knife in an earlier blog post.