BLADE's Best Custom Knives by Blade Editors

By Blade Editors

This selection of articles marks the fortieth anniversary of BLADE. half one covers the years 1973-1988 half , 1989-2000 and half 3, 2001-2012.

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Martin won the award for Best Tactical Folder at the BLADE Show three years running, and the Q36 was the knife he submitted the first time he won. ” Tom Mayo TNT Stark: “Often imitated but never duplicated, the TNT has proved to be a timeless design that has set the standard for the titanium framelock. It’s a simple yet unique approach to the genre that is really set apart by its beauty and functionality. ” Arpad Bojtos Luna Guild: “Arpad’s knives each tell a story. Luna depicts the celestial tale of a metaphorical shooting star and its passenger in Art Deco elements.

We sent them a list of top knives and asked them to select and rank five or 10 knives from it. We also asked them to add any to the list we may have omitted. By “top custom knife” is meant one that excelled in terms of setting a standard other makers attempt to emulate, and also excelled in quality of craftsmanship, originality and creativity. Buster Warenski’s Gem Of The Orient “This knife is the top notch of the art knife world,” Breed began. “It’s a master’s master work in beauty. The Gem raised the bar of art knives threefold.

Lobred: “Jim proved makers could put a little piece of their soul in every knife they made. ” Bob Lum tanto “Though other makers said they brought the tanto design to this country, I think it was Bob Lum,” Bos began. “I never saw this type of grind on a blade till Bob sent one to me for heat treating back in the ’70s. ” Henry Frank fancy engraved folder “His engraved folders were at the top of the heap in 1974,” Lansingh recalled. ” Bob Loveless Big Bear sub-hilt fighter “If you privilege the design side and its numerous followers, Bob Loveless should be there for not only the dropped hunter and Big Bear sub-hilt fighter, but also for his boot knife and chute knife,” Anglade opined.

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