The 2012 BLADE Show down in Atlanta came and went, but not without showing off some awesome knives. One of my favorite events is the Knife of the Year awards, where the top knives are honored by Blade Magazine. For the second straight year, Kershaw’s Zero Tolerance took home top honors for Overall Knife of the Year after the Zero Tolerance 0777 model did so last year.

Here is a shortened list of the winners with photographs from this year’s BLADE Show. For a complete list of winners, check out this post from Blade Magazine.

Overall Knife of the Year: ZT 0888 by Zero Tolerance/KAI USA

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American-Made Knife of the Year: Socom Delta by Microtech

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Imported Knife Of The Year: Onion Foresight by CRKT

Most Innovative American Design: Autonomy by Spyderco

Most Innovative Imported Design: DPx HEST T3