Your Traditional Knife of 2020

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Dec 12, 2020.

  1. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Well folks, it's that time of year again - and what a year it has been! :eek: - Time to select your Traditional Knife of the Year :) The Old Salts will be familiar with the rules of this thread, newcomers should read them carefully :thumbsup:

    Quoting from previous threads (except for updating the year):

    In 2020, if you’re lucky, you may have bought, found, or been given, an EXCEPTIONAL knife. Maybe it was a knife you didn’t think was going to be that special, but it has absolutely CHARMED you. Perhaps it was an inexpensive knife, which you picked up somewhere, slipped in your pocket, and then found you couldn’t stop carrying it. It must be a knife you have gotten since the start of the year. If you’ve come across a knife like that, perhaps you’d like to nominate it as YOUR knife of the year.

    Now, it could be that you’ve been perfectly happy carrying the knife you bought or were given many years ago, a knife which has served you so well, why would you want to change? If that’s the case, good luck to you my friend, but that knife doesn’t qualify.

    It could be that you’ve had lots of knives this year, and liked many of them, but none of them really stood out. Don’t worry, maybe something will come along next year, which will absolutely knock your socks off. You can tell us about that knife next year.

    Also, and we always get a couple of these, you may be one of those indecisive folks who just can’t make your mind up. Maybe you have two, or three, or four knives you really like, and can’t decide which you like the best. If that applies to you, feel free to start another thread, because if ONE of those knives doesn’t stand out, it doesn’t deserve to be nominated for this one. By all means mention a number of knives, but in the end, YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE. If you can’t…on yer bike! ;)

    It gets worse, there’s no prize* for this, and there’s no winner! :D We’re just talking knives, and telling each other which single knife has made all the difference to us this year :) :thumbsup:

    So, we're not looking for the fanciest custom you picked up this year, we're looking for a knife that you've CARRIED, that has absolutely hogged your pocket in a way which may have taken you by surprise. Don't worry if you can't choose one, you're not being asked to choose your favourite child, just sit back and read the posts, and maybe you'll find a knife to nominate next year. I'm going to make a slight change this year (2019), you may nominate a knife you received last Christmas, (and did not carry before Christmas Day), so long as it fulfills all the other criteria.

    Hopefully everyone gets the idea, not the fanciest or most expensive knife you've acquired this year (or since last Christmas), but one which is really special to you :) I signed off my post last year by hoping 2020 would be kind to us all :rolleyes: That really hasn't been the case has it, what a stinker?! o_O I think we all deserve a medal for having gotten through it, but while I don't have any medals to give out, I do have a couple of mementos, so as per the asterisk above, there are actually a couple of prizes this year. Even if you don't have a knife to nominate, you can still enter, as can everyone else who follows the rules (just say you're in for the giveaway). Exceptional posts will get a second shot. The prizes are these wee patches, made up by some funny chaps in Finland. They're Velcro-backed, and well-made, and will hopefully raise a smile in these troubled times :) This thread will be open until the 2nd January 2020, and I'll draw a couple of names by random then.


    Thank you to everyone who joins in the fun, and thanks to you all for helping to keep me more or less sane in a crazy year in a mad, mad world ;) Hoping we have better and brighter days ahead in 2021 :) And remember, in the words of the late Sean Connery:


    All the best


    Some links to past Traditional Knife of the Year threads:
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  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    My pocket knife of the year would have to be this Buck 305 companion.
    I found myself loving this knife an knives this small more than I ever expected.
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  3. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    For the past few decades, I've been something of a knife-floozie, finding many, many special knives, which have regularly occupied my pocket for a few weeks, or a few months. I have loved them all, and enjoy pocketing them again from time to time. However, it's been many decades since a knife went in my pocket anywhere near as regularly as my Hartshead Barlow. It's well-made I think, and a pattern I like, but I have lots of well-made knives, and lots of Lambsfoot knives. I struggle to understand what it is about this knife, which has won both my heart and pocket, but it has. I carry it almost everyday, and on the odd occasions I don't, I miss it. When I use another knife, I wish I was using my Hartshead Barlow. How long this state will last I don't know, but there's no doubt it has eclipsed all the other knives in my collection in terms of being carried and used, I have over 1500 photos of it! :D However, while it was my KOTY in 2019, it cannot be my KOTY 2020, because it isn't a knife which I got this year.


    Because of the crazy situation this year, I've acquired far fewer knives than usual in 2020, but an honourable mention, I think, must go to Charlie @waynorth 's Black Jack, which I feel is an exceptionally fine and well-made piece of cutlery :) However, while I enjoy carrying it, it has certainly not been carried anywhere near as much as my Hartshead Barlow.


    So folks, this year, I don't have a qualifying Traditional Knife of the Year :( But I'm looking forward to seeing yours :) :thumbsup:
  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Two great entries my friend, but...


    Mention as many knives as you want folks, but there are no sub-categories to this thread, you must choose! ;) :thumbsup:
  5. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    For the 2nd year in a row, this is an easy choice for me. In 2019 this Waynorth Lambfoot was my KOTY and to be honest I still carry it an awful lot.

    I very nearly wouldn't have been able to nominate a KOTY this year because nothing I had purchased was able to push the WCLF from my pocket for more than a day or two at a time. But then in the latter half of this dreadful year, I was able to obtain a knife that captivated me for a number of reasons. First off, the craftmanship and quality of the knife exceeds that of all but a few of the other knives in my collection. Second, I find it extremely satisfying to be able to witness and take part in the launch of a new company. Having said that, this knife still wouldn't qualify for my KOTY if I didn't enjoy carrying it. Fortunately, I love everything about this knife and carry it almost every day. Besides being made of robust components, having a very satisfying pull and snap, and being a very pocket friendly yet hand friendly size, I also find it to be quite the looker. Without further ado, my KOTY is the Albers Cut Co Single Blade Jack in Old Westinghouse Maroon Micarta.

    I think it will be a challenge for me to find a knife that can bump either one of these knives from my pocket long enough to contend next year but I guess time will tell. I expect this won't be the only entry with one of Eric Albers' (@ea42 ) creations as a Knife of the Year nomination. Maybe he'll come out with something next year that will knock my socks off even more.

    Hope all have a great holiday season, and a healthy and happy 2021!
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  6. dantzk8


    Nov 1, 2005
    Hi Jack,
    I was looking forward this thread ( a tradition). This year has been a great year, 3 months of confinement, a co'vid has even made a nest on my home roof, but let's talk about serious things, cutlery.
    I've bought a knife, well, four times the same knife. A perfect one, a one with which i can whittle, a one for precision tasks, a one which has short blades for precision and a long handle for comfort, a one which is very well designed and made ( 3 blades in a narrow well without rubbing). The Farm & Field 62 Pocket Carver. Why four? To be free from need.


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    Merry Christmas to you all and to you particularly Jack, with my best wishes.

  7. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    A very worthy KOTY :) :thumbsup:
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  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Very nice indeed Dan :) Great whittling too :cool: :thumbsup:

    Thank you very much my friend, a very Merry Christmas to you too :) :thumbsup:
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  9. Onebigbill

    Onebigbill Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2019
    This Guardians knife was a gift from @Modoc ED this year. Aside from my HHB it has been one I have lusted for the most. However, because I acquired my HHB in 2019, I can't nominate it. My HHB is a beautiful knife all round and well made to boot.
    I nominate this one for 2020 knife of the year. Also well made and definitely beautiful. IMG_2755.JPG
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  10. staxnet

    staxnet Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2011
    My 2020 KOTY...

    Todd Davison #1960
    Black Paper Micarta
    CTS XHP stainless
    Closed - 3 1/2''
    Todd Davison #1960.jpg
  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Glad you like that one too Bill, a generous gift :thumbsup:

    Congratulations! :D :cool: :thumbsup:
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  12. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    This was easy. My new Case 3347. Despite my entrenched lambsfootery, and my haunting megapen bewitchment, and my French regional meanderings, and my recent surrender to Italian voluptuousness (not so recent, I guess, in general), I remain a stockman guy. And Case got this one just right.
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  13. Don W

    Don W Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I nominate a GEC 62. This damn fine knife has been my constant companion since August. It has started everyday with a positive attitude and ended everyday with a bit of revelry. It never balked, even when it overheard the question from one of my co workers "Why did they sharpen the wrong side of the blade? that's just wrong", some people just make you truly shake your head...

  14. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 15, 2019
    Love this post!! I also have that knife and like it quite a bit as well.
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  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Nice choice Jer :thumbsup:

    Good post Don :D :thumbsup:
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  16. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Love seeing this yearly thread pop up, JB! I didn't acquire many knives these past couple of years, but an unsuspected opportunity presented itself quite recently that I couldn't pass up. There was a specific SFO of the GEC #14 that I missed out on when they dropped, and they never seemed to turn up on the exchange. The smooth green bone, cowboy boot shield, single clip point #14 has been a unicorn for me since launch, and I was able to grab a gorgeous example from @MCar just last month. It's been in a CK slip in my pocket probably 4 out of every 5 days. I absolutely treasure it, and it is an easy choice for my KotY2020.

    Here it is next to my long time companion and my KotY2016, Peanut
  17. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    Jul 4, 2017
    I swoon a little bit every time I pick this one up. Wanted one ever since they came out in burnt indigo bone and I found this one on sale during an online cerebration in September. Big but slim and a delight to carry and hold. Case Wharncliffe copperlock -- a marriage of the trapper and copperhead patterns.

  18. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I've had the 305 longer, so there ya go.
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  19. Trvr


    Jun 21, 2020
    This is going to be a really interesting thread.
    Easy choice for me.
    Although I feel like I'm at the edge of a deep rabbit hole with the SAK that's currently in my pocket, my Case peanut gets my nomination. It's the knife that brought me to the porch in the first place. Not only that, but it's given me an excuse to carry some of my larger knives that I wouldn't normally carry without the smaller blades available. It has also convinced me that I don't need the pocket clips, one hand opening, and super steels of modern knives (I don't miss any of that).
  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I saw that you'd been able to get that Shawn, very cool--looking knife, congratulations :) :thumbsup:

    Swooning is what this thread is about! :D :cool: :thumbsup:

    Sounds like a worthy KOTY :) :thumbsup:
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