Your 2018 Traditional Knife Of The Year

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

  1. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    I've had a pretty good year but the choice was pretty easy, this one is second and a pretty special Whaler from this years Rendezvous,


    Easily the top knife of the year for me is not a single knife but a set of vintage salesman sample Ulster Barlows in mint condition, don't think I will ever be able to acquire something like this ever again, thanks Charlie!

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  2. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    I really do not know how many new to me knives that I have acquired so far in 2018 . However , there are 4 that just jump to mind .
    Ruuner-up # 3 : My #35 Pickle Knife
    Runner-up # 2 : The one that I call Georgia is a Bulldog Swayback Barlow by a slight edge over the Stag Bulldog Barlow : Thanks @LastRodeo
    Runner-up # 1 : Stag 43

    My knife of the year is the Northfield 77 Barlow in Desert Ironwood . If I had ordered a Custom Barlow , I would have ordered one like this .

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  3. Whetstone39

    Whetstone39 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    This was a fairly easy choice for me, I have wanted a Remington saw scout for a long time, and picked one up this year. I thought it might be the perfect “bbq knife”; I absolutely love grilling and at most family or impromptu gatherings I end up on grill duty :). So something that I could throw in my pocket that would cover as many bases as possible, that will cut stuff of course, but also open bottles etc. Other scouts and SAKs have worked very well in the past, but I had high hopes for the saw scout. It functions perfectly in this capacity.



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  4. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003

    Yes! I made "The List"!
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  5. PaulS.


    Jul 16, 2018
    Easy choice for me. I bought quite a few knives this year after joining the porch. You folks are bad for my wallet! :D I even bought two GECs. None of them were exactly what I wanted and many have been gifted, including the GECs to my grand kids. This Case Teardrop is the closest knife I've found to my ideal knife and is my knife of the year!

    I like the smooth natural bone and really like the lack of a shield. The lines of the knife are great. I like the way the closed blade flows into the handle.

    The blade is centered when closed.

    Even at the half stop, the back spring is almost flush (a little hard to see in the photo).


    Overall, a great knife!

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  6. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Still too early for me to say :D;)

    There's always the pipeline to keep watching, so have wait and see...:cool:
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  7. Sabercat

    Sabercat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    For me it was the year of the Eureka Jack. I had to sell quite a few to acquire these, but it was worth it, as I have finally settled on what I believe to be my favorite pattern.

    The NF Autumn Gold jigged bone was the one I worked hardest and longest to (re)obtain. I had one a few years ago, did a horrible job sharpening it, and sold it in disgust. I put feelers out, frequented the WTB thread, and finally found one on the exchange....thanks to @Stropping Young Lad and @Rockon75 bringing it to my attention.

    The one that wins though is the bare head ebony Tidioute. When I first started looking for the Autumn Gold 92, I asked the aforementioned @Rockon75 if he had one, or any leads on one, and he didn't, but did have a couple with different handles. I'm not sure how much time passed after that, but one day I got the mail, to find a nice letter, accompanied by a wonderful gift of the certified useful, beautifully simple, Ebony Eureka. No knife has been in my pocket more this year, and I'm guessing 2019 will be no different. Thank you again Josh!
  8. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    This is a tough choice, I got some great knives this year! After some back and forth I went with this Buck 501:
    I found SK knives after getting the forum knife going, and ordered one of these when he first released them. It is too big to get carried at work, but it goes in my pocket every weekend!
  9. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    That Stag Galvanic....among the knife gods :cool::thumbsup:

    Regards, Will
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  10. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    I had a very busy year of knife buying and selling, as it has been my first excursion into traditional pocket knife collecting. I'm a user more than a collector, though, so I keep my collection small and pass on the knives that don't make it into the rotation often enough. I've learned a lot about traditional pocket knives, learned a lot about what I like and don't like, and best of all I've met a lot of interesting and generous folks on the Porch.

    One obvious candidate for knife of the year may be the scout I won in @Campbellclanman's giveaway:
    This knife has OUTSTANDING stag handles and it is the first scout knife I've ever owned. It is exquisite, but I don't carry it during the week because I'm usually wearing slacks, and this knife is a bit hefty for every day carry for me. Still, it is a gem.

    A second candidate could be the knife I bought twice this year. I scored a nice 77 Yankee Jack and then sold it to pay for a 77 barlow I won in Mike's early reserve lottery. I ended up not liking the two-bladed barlow as much as I'd hoped, so I traded it to @Buzzbait for a single blade 77 barlow. He ended up throwing in a old barn chestnut navy knife as lagniappe, which I'll talk more about in a second. That barlow was sweet and I used it well, but for some reason the barlow just wasn't as precious to me as it seemed to most folks who are into them, so I ended up selling it. I saw another 77 Yankee Jack but wasn't able to score it, but in a fit of nostalgia I asked @afultz075 if I could buy it back from him. He graciously sold it back at the same price as I sold it to him. Here's a picture of that knife (with my Perceval Le Francais):
    As much as I love that knife (I know, most folks must be wondering why I'd prefer that plain-jane jack to a barlow, but I just do for whatever reason), it isn't my knife of the year either.

    It has to be one of these three:

    My flock of lambsfoot knives. You'll see the old barn chestnut and recognize the former Navy knife I got from buzzbait. @traumkommode modified it for me after I'd seen one of his own modifications and asked him about it. It is a sweet slicer. The micarta was also a Navy knife that traumkommode modified to look like an "ancient" complete with long swedge, and sold on the exchange. I got lucky to pick it up quickly. The middle is, of course, Ashley's Choice. It is the smallest I think I'll be able to enjoy, but the thickness and shape make it sink right into my fingers. The stag has great character and is a great worry stone.

    But which one of the three reigns supreme??? I could probably change my mind each day on these three because they are so pleasing to me. But, since the rule is to choose one, I choose:


    It was a generous extra gift, it was modified by a pal, and it has the looks of a well-worn, tough critter. AND it slices like a lightsaber.
  11. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    This is one GEC pattern I haven't tried, but that really intrigues me. I'm not into spear blades that much, but they look really nice on this pattern. You've got some great ones in there!
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  12. willard0341

    willard0341 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    Beautiful collection... I am a big fan of the eureka pattern. When I carry mine I feel like I’m got a small piece of history in my pocket
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  13. HeathH


    Dec 3, 2013
    This ear landed two long-term grails in my hands... the first is a 1981 Vic Soldier (my birth year). I have seen a few come and go at auction, but they tend to fetch WAY more than I'm willing to pay for a Swiss Army Knife. This Old Cross Pioneer turned up for a very reasonable price so I snagged it. Mostly it's just a Vic Pioneer, but having gotten one after a couple of years of hunting sure was nice


    My knife of the year was also a long-term quest. I looked for several years for a Stag and CV Case Peanut of recent manufacture. History has shown that I just do not carry vintage Case knives for whatever reason. I didn't actually know if such a knife actually existed until it popped up for an absolute bargain. It turns out Case did a run of Ranchers in 2010 that included a Stag and CV peanut - in 4-5 years of looking, this is the first one to crop up:


    The stag isn't a perfect visual match from side-to-side, but the thickness and texture are identical and I'm sure as the stag ages it'll balance out nicely. I can't say enough about how well this little guy is made. Nice crisp half stops, well-ground blades. Zero complaints... It's very photogenic too!
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  14. Sabercat

    Sabercat Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    Absolutely true Will! It only missed the cut because of the other two I mentioned just meaning a bit more to me. Without the sentimentality, it's definitely the best of the bunch. I'm generally ambivalent towards blade etches, but this is one of two knives I own that's etch is significant to the overall aesthetics (radio Jack etch is my other).

    Thanks Joshua! Funny thing is that the spear isn't my favorite blade either, but two of my favorite GEC patterns happen to feature them (79 Workhorse is the other). Generally, I would almost always choose a clip over spear, but on certain patterns I think the spear just looks better - and any difference in function for me is negligible. I actually use the coping blade more anyway.
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  15. pmek5

    pmek5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    I am going to have to say with out a doubt it this Case 1965-69 #53087 Stockman.
    This knife is almost as old as I am, but still snaps closed like a gator on all blades. The blade stock is thicker on this knife than any of my other 087's, and for some reason the maker installed a larger shield (it is the original pinned shield) on this one. A joy to carry.

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  16. JaxBaron

    JaxBaron Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 4, 2016
    The Barlow looks great with a patina. Nice #68 too!
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  17. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Ryan, I was lucky enough to find a 92 this year also but in Talon mode. The bare head ebony is absolutely gorgeous.
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  18. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I'm surprised I can actually participate this year. I've carried the same GEC #73 almost continuously for the past five years, so I'm not talking about that, but late last year I received a long lusted knife for my birthday.


    I don't carry it obviously, but I've harbored a fascination for bowies for a while. Playing with this knife, and later using it while watching James A. Keating's bowie videos have me hankering for a true fighting bowie, one with a sharpened swedge. Not because I ever want to use it, but because there is a satisfaction with owning an exemplar from its class. I'm also looking for a local fencing club where I can learn saber, as many saber techniques are directly applicable to the bowie.

    I've owned this bowie for a year now and she still brings a smile of maniacal glee to my face every time I pick her up.
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  19. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    @Whetstone39 two of the knives we found when going through my late father in laws things (passed away in early Oct) were a Remington 1173 L and a Saw Scout we had given him years ago, used but well taken care of. He loved knives and had quite a few but he took special pleasure in using those two. Thanks for posting that one...
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  20. Whetstone39

    Whetstone39 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    Happy to Jerry.

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