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2014 BLADE Show Knife Awards

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

SOG BladeLight 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 CampSOG 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

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

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

ZT 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.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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1 Comment

  1. Glad I didnt make it to BLADE.
    Everything over priced and nobody selling

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