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Your 2018 Traditional Knife Of The Year

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Thanks Jack!

    Stu, that jigging is to die for! Quite possibly the best I've ever seen.
  2. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Gorgeous! :cool: :thumbsup:

    Nice Jeff :thumbsup:

    Great write-up Woodrow :thumbsup: How you doing buddy, found myself wondering about you the other day? Hope all's well :thumbsup:
  3. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Thanks for keeping the "Knife of the Year" tradition alive in the Traditional Forum, @Jack Black !
    This was last years, if I got it this year it would be this years.
    My knife purchases have really taken a nosedive, mostly because I have so many. I've become much more thoughtful and selective in what I add to my accumulation.

    My choices pretty much came down to two fixed blade knives that I picked up this past year, one of them very recently. It didn't take me that long to decide.

    Number two is a little Crotts Design, Arkansas Made Dozier. D2 and Blue Maple Burl. A great little carry. Shown with the Lloyd that rarely gets left behind.

    Number one, My Knife of 2018 is the Tom Krein Mini-bushcrafter, A2 and Ironwood Burl. This one is just perfect, IMO. A wonderful build, great materials, a real nice leather sheath. I've had it on my belt doing little tasks since I got it, and so far I'm totally pleased. Again the Lloyd, which is my primary EDC slip joint shares the stage.

    Great posts so far, Porch folk!
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  4. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    An SK Blades Lil' Jack would have to be my knife of the year.
    It is my first SFO, and my first Buck 112.

    I reserve the right to change my choice after the Forum Knife arrives.
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  5. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I got this one in June and it’s been in the pocket 99% of the time since then. The A2 steel is slowlllllly getting a patina.

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  6. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thank you Gary, I found myself looking at your post from last year just this morning :) Great knife, great runner-up, and always a pleasure to see your lovely Lloyd :) :thumbsup:
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  7. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Cool Jake :cool: :thumbsup:
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  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Congratulations on your first SFO :thumbsup:
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  9. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    For me, the Case Sowbelly was my 2018 Knife of the Year. I bought well over a dozen of them from various years. Here are some of them with separate pictures of one covered with Barb Wire Bone.


    It's difficult for me to make a pick like this as I bought well over 100-knives this year of various patterns, ages, etc.. As an example, it was difficult not to select these 6365 Case Large Stockman knives.

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  10. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    No slowing down for you Ed! :D Beautiful knives, and that barbed-wire bone is incredible, I've never seen it before :thumbsup:
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  11. Lansky1


    Apr 12, 2016
    I've had quite a prolific year in the Case buying department ... but this one stands out as my BEST of 2018. It is a 1980 #47 - nothing special ... what makes it so great is the transformation. It didn't look like much in the ad, thus I got it for a song. After some elbow grease and thorough cleaning up, it turned into a fabulous knife - tight as a drum and snap on all blades is fiercely hard. This is my best of 2018 ... a true diamond in the rough - proudly sits in my all time top 3:




    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018
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  12. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Here it is again Jack, on a Case 6354 Large Trapper that I also bought this year.


    And again on a Case Copperlock

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  13. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Thanks for keeping this going Jack.
    I've been lucky to acquire some very nice knives this year. From this Olsen folder that Stuart @Duckdog gifted to me on my birthday. PhotoPictureResizer_181204_123343155-1024x768.jpg to some knives that I've been looking for for a while, such as a Schrade wirejack, a WWII Kabar, and Swedish barrel knives.
    I've also been lucky to acquire several of John Lloyd's knives including a couple that have been eye-opening like the stacked leather sowbelly. The sowbelly has risen to my pattern of the year and my favorite knife to carry.
    The 2018 Knife of the Year was an easy choice. It is the only knife that I commissioned from beginning to end. It was a stag teardrop with an engraved shell as the shield. John @John L made a matched pair for me and they are treasured as remembrances. PhotoPictureResizer_181204_123255797-1024x937.jpg
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  14. Gevonovich


    Jan 17, 2011
    The Continental ...oh so close !!


    Kris's special gift


    My 3rd GEC


    The winner, most carried of 2018

    The John Primble - India Steel Works
    Sow Belly Jack

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  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks for showing those Ed, I guess I need to look around more! :D :thumbsup:

    That Olsen is lovely Alan, but your Lloyd's are in a class of their own, I'm sure I'm not alone in regularly admiring them :thumbsup:

    Each of those is a stunner Gev, nice choice though :thumbsup:
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  16. FLymon

    FLymon Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Looks good Ed! I've always liked the scripted shield on that pattern myself.
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  17. Woodrow F Call

    Woodrow F Call

    Jan 3, 2013
    Yes sir. Too busy with work, a little travel, and hunting when I can. I kinda stay off of here as it just makes me want to buy pretty knives! I do miss the folk though. I guess I just need to work it out and become a minimalist like Carl.
  18. traumkommode

    traumkommode Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    I just love how that recover turned out. Enviable blade there, my friend! That jigging is classic and puts the knife into a whole new category of cool.

    You know how much I love clipped and coped blades on a knife to make it your own, Jeff. I've got a 35 HJ with a 78 on my radar to clip, and maybe cope the 78. That's a real nice example of a Tidioute 85, too.

    The winner for me this year is the following iteration of the #77 Barlow. My favorite knives are two blade knives, but they mostly were single spring opposite ends due to comfort in hand. I was turned off to most 2-blade jacks, with the exception of a few like the #66 patterns that have pretty well sunken joints. But then when these 77s came out, something about the proportions just made it right. I wasn't able to get an ironwood knife when they came out, and I had a micarta knife for a little while, but just wasn't crazy about the micarta as much as I liked the knife's proportions and hangling. Recently an opportunity to land this one showed up (thanks @JaxBaron ) and it was love at first sight. The grain on this example is really, really sweet.


    Honorable mention goes to this #68 White Owl that @Will Power sent to me. A little of that single spring fix, some really nice, seasoned cocobolo, and a centered cloud shield with a long pull. Ooh-la-la!

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  19. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    This year has flown for me, just don't know where it's gone! :eek: I hope we'll see you here from time to time my friend :) :thumbsup:

    I love the wood on your Barlow :) :thumbsup:
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  20. traumkommode

    traumkommode Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Thanks, Jack! I'm proud of her for sure.
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