2018 John White MS Memorial BEST BOWIE - VOTE for the overall WINNER

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by RogerP, Dec 31, 2018.

Which of these tremendous knives is your overall favorite for 2018?

Poll closed Jan 1, 2019.
  1. Antunes

  2. Klein

  3. Lisch

  4. Lurquin

  5. Marchand

  6. Quesenberry

  7. Quesenberry(2)

  8. Rhea

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002













    and Quesenberry (2)



  2. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Poll is open for 36 hours, good people, don't sit on those votes - get them in and make them count! Then give all your buddies a nudge and remind them to vote as well!
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  3. Bastid

    Bastid Goat herding fool and resident vermin breeder. Staff Member Super Mod

    Feb 27, 2001
    Tough decision on these. Each one is exceptional.
  4. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Congrats to all the finalist and to all the nominees

    A great field of knives by anyone’s standards

    I’m torn

    There are 4 that really catch my eye

    All great but........4 I would buy

    Happy New Year to all and a huge thank you to Roger for always coming through

    Also to Coop for captiring so many of these art works with his art and talent
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  5. The Zieg

    The Zieg Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    I can't judge best knife from this lot. Any knife I'd choose would be merely preference. They're all perfect in their own way.

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  6. saxon

    saxon Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    The Dave Lisch just screams Bowie to me. But these are getting too good to choose.
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  7. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    This was a tough year for me to choose. The submissions are all outstanding, and way beyond my skill level. However, none of them jumped out and screamed “Perfect!” To me. Each had one or two details I didn’t like personally. Don’t get me wrong, these are all exceptional, but if I was buying, I would have changed one or two details on each knife. Just a personal preference thing.

    Edit: I chose Quesenberry 2.
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  8. John M Cohea

    John M Cohea

    Oct 24, 2007
    Although they all are just fantastic works of art, Dave Lisch got my vote.That steel, that stag, the gold encrusted wrought iron guard, what's not to love about this piece!!
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  9. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Bladesmith/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 17, 2008
    They're all awesome but the 1st Quesenberry with the ivory handle was my choice with not too much deliberation.

    Congrats to all the finalists....must've been a bunch of ties to get so many finalists.
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  10. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Expressing your favorite is very much the point!
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  11. Chris Montgomery

    Chris Montgomery

    Dec 8, 2011
    Each one has it's own appeal and is deserving of recognition. But as stated in the end it comes to preference. For me the Lin Rhea Bowie has all of it. What really puts it over the top is the stacked micarta. While I love micarta it has been something I considered a handle material for rough use or as a stand alone material in the very least. By stacking it Lin refined it to a higher level in my mind.

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  12. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    My thanks to those who have taken the time to express why they selected their number one knife. Clearly any of these fine blades would merit a vote, so sharing what appealed to you about your ultimate fave makes for some interesting reading. Keep it up!
  13. noob93


    Feb 6, 2016
    They are all outstanding but the only one that I would alter in any way is the quesenberry #2. Everything about that knife just screams perfection. Beautiful flowing lines with interesting Damascus and a handle that looks like it would just melt in your hand.
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  14. noob93


    Feb 6, 2016
    Wouldn't alter **
  15. i4Marc


    Oct 19, 2011
    Obviously, there are no wrong answers here. I went back and forth for a while between a few. In the end I voted for one I didn't think i would. I went with the Klein Bowie. The others are extremely fine works. Although the Klein is not very traditional it is very interesting and that put me over the top.

    Thanks to Roger and Coop!
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  16. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I know we say it every year but........What an amazing group of knives!:)

    My vote is in and to whomever wins.......congratulations.

    I wish all my BF brothers and sisters a very healthy and prosperous New Year.;)
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  17. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I'm in exactly the same position bud. 4 knives keep rotating through my mind - I'm getting dizzy!
  18. Durban Devil

    Durban Devil Hunter Handmade Knives

    May 13, 2012
    I could easily vote for any of the nominees and be happy with it. I ended up being torn between Lurquin and Quesenberry 1. I finally decided on Lurquin.
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  19. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    Well it was a difficult choice to make, however I voted for the Lin Rhea Bowie. I struggled between Lin And Rick Marchand's Bowie
    Every entry was exquisite in their own right. It just came down to a Classic Bowie shape and size for me, not to mention Mr. Rhea's forging skills are fantastic!

    Member W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS AP
  20. Mark_Bartlett


    Apr 1, 2017
    I held Lin’s bowie at Blade. It wasn’t just a clean piece... it was immaculate. It screams bowie. I had a few people ask what my favorite knife of the show was and it came down to Lin’s and one of Jim Rodebaugh’s. Glad to have been able to participate again this year but I haven’t made anything that would hold a candle to that ivory and stacked micarta on damascus.

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