Your Traditional Knife of 2020

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

  1. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    Ecletic I suppose you could call it. What can I say, I really like knives!

    If you are interested in that dagger Jack, you'll want to grab one sooner rather than later. They're not going to get any cheaper. The company founder just cashed out and sold CS to a private equity firm.
  2. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Very handsome Ray :) I'm enjoying seeing all the French traditional being posted in the EDC thread lately. If you were to put your new knife away until Christmas Day, and only carry it after that, it would qualify for next year's KOTY, assuming you wanted to nominate it, I think :thumbsup:
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  3. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Indeed you do Christian, and you have a great eye I think! :) I've admired the Tai-Pan from when CS first started doing it. It's a knife I almost certainly couldn't ever justify carrying here, but that wouldn't necessarily stop me buying one! :D That's interesting news about LT, I didn't know that :thumbsup:
  4. veitsi_poika

    veitsi_poika Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    The pandemic has introduced some new terms into our vocabulary, some are mainstream and some are more low key or made up. My favorite one is "hard pants", I thought I made it up but I have no proof of that. I just know when my wife says we are going to the grocery store, I tell her to wait a couple minutes so I can get my "hard pants" on. Sadly working from home pretty much all year has me wearing fleece pajama pants and a hoodie for my work attire :rolleyes: However the upside to getting on my hard pants is that it means my knives get some pocket time and no other knife has gotten more time than my Dwight Divine junior scout which I acquired in late January. It is my 2020 hard pants carry of the year :D
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  5. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    This has been a very strange year to say the least . Even with that , I was able to get some knives that I wanted to get this year . They were : A better Original
    Russell Barlow , another Commemorative Russel Barlow , an OLD Northfield , a Stag 72 , 73 , or 74 , some Ironwood and Amboyna wood covered knives , and an Old Stag Pruner . That has been accomplished . I like them ALL !!!!! HOWEVER , the one that is in my pocket now and has been most week days since I got it in either May or June is this Old Pruner . There is no name of the manufacturer and I do not believe that there ever was . I tend to think it was made by a Cutler at his home shop . When you look very carefully at it , you have to ask : Was the knife made to fit the STAG ???? It has steel liners with Integral Bolsters . The Spring is flush in all 3 positions and square to the end with the Bolsters and the Blade . It still snaps like a Snapping Turtle after over 1oo years . It sharpens up well for me . As most of you know , Stag is my favorite cover material and this one will not develop Verdigris because there is No Brass . The price I paid was $ 28 plus freight from inside the U.S.A. It is usually carried with another smaller traditional , but I do use it a lot .

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  6. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    This year is an easy pick, it’s my schrade made shapleigh jr cattle.


    I bought it at the end of january and didn’t carry it much at all until the last few months where it’s been with me non stop. I don’t have the desire to leave it at home any time soon. Here it is before I really started using it.

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  7. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002

    When I was a kid ,8 or 10 my Grandad gave me a gently used early 70’s Case 3318He. I was really proud of that knife and carried it up into my early 20’s before losing it.
    This year I found one from 1974 that hadn’t been used much for a good price. I snatched it up and the pin crack on the one side doesn’t bother me a bit.
    My wife had given me a 1999 3318 and while I am very fond of it there’s just no comparison between the two really. Very different feels to each of them.
    So my knife of 2020 has been my new to me 1974 Case 3318HE.
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  8. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I like this thread, Jack, but I find myself in the same predicament as yourself: my 2020 Knife of the Year would be my 2019 Knife of the Year if it were eligible. That would be my olive wood Laguiole from Honoré Durand:
    My runner-up last year was my No. 8 Opinel, and that has not changed.
    They are the two knives that are always in my pocket or on my nightstand, with the Laguiole taking top honours.

    I, too, acquired fewer knives this year. I only bought two, but won two giveaways abd was gifted six knives from very generous individuals:
    However, no single one stood out, as required by your rules. One pattern did particularly impress me, though. The Thiers knife, of which I acquired two:
    I had planned early in the year to get the larger knife (from Fontenille Pataud) for my birthday in October. Before I received it, I was given the compact knife with a juniper handle by @timberweasel (he was giving away a 1960 US demo knife, but threw in two additional knives and a small flashlight--a very pleasant surprise). It is difficult to choose a favourite between the two, but they don't qualify as per your rules, since I was able to keep them out of my pocket. I have carried all of my 2020 acquisitions, and enjoy them all, but I cannot nominate any of them as my Knife of the Year. So I guess it's "on my bike", as you put it. Maybe something will knock off the Laguiole next year.

    I am enjoying everyone's posts. Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Christmas (and Hanukkah)!
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  9. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Harry - @Old Engineer - I'll give you $32.00 + S&H for that beautiful Old Pruner! :D

    That is a big WOW from me. What a lovely!!!
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  10. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Hey, it’s one of my favorite threads of the year! :D I always look forward to this! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    Jack, I would’ve thought your Bradford Guardian 3 might’ve gotten the nod this year. Sure, it’s no HHB ;), but I feel like we’ve seen an awful lot of it in your posts this year. Just sayin’. :D :thumbsup:

    My knife of the year for 2020 is a toss up between two knives (don’t worry, Jack, I’ll pick just one in the end ;)), but first, a few honorable mentions.

    Scout’s Scout is probably the most special knife that I got this year. I knew I wanted one of these #15’s with the SCOUT shield to be “her” knife (i.e., the knife I’d have with me when she was born, and would subsequently carry on special occasions and milestones in her life), and I really wanted one in Nifebrite acrylic to match Eleanor’s knife (a Nifebrite #71 Bull Nose). Of course, that was easier said than done. These hadn’t been made in several years, and the SCOUT shield #15’s are desirable and hard to come by.

    I posted a few times in the WTB section, and reached out to some Porch friends looking for leads. @JohnDF was one of those friends, and he ended up sending me his own Nifebrite #15 Scout. I would’ve been more than happy to pay a premium price for one of these, but John wouldn’t let me pay him anything for it! :eek:

    So thank you again, John! :D And to those of you who I also reached out to, thank you for humoring me. More than one of you extended an offer of a #15 Scout with different covers, in case I didn’t find the one I was looking for, and I greatly appreciate the help! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    The only reason I’m not making this my knife of the year is that I feel like I haven’t carried it often enough for it to qualify. I had it in my pocket for a couple weeks in the spring (Scout ended up coming about a week late, and I didn’t want to have to rush to the hospital and not have it on me, so I kept it with me for a quite a while around her due date), and I’ve carried it a few times since, but not enough for this thread.


    Here it is with Eleanor’s Bull Nose (unlike Scout’s Scout, that knife was not planned; it really was just the knife I happened to have in my pocket that day).


    My second honorable mention is this Tidioute #23 in Woodland Micarta. I put this knife to work this summer, carrying it exclusively for several weeks. It might’ve been close to a month. While I do really like this knife, the reason it spent so much time in my pocket was because I wanted to see how I felt about carrying this large pattern (4.5” closed) regularly, and I picked the least “fancy” one to use and abuse for a bit. I like some of the other cover options from this run more than this Micarta, so I don’t think it could be my knife of the year.


    Now for the two finalists. First is the 2020 BladeForums Viper Swayback. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really expect to like this knife that much. I’ve purchased the annual forum knife every year since I’ve been active here on the Porch (I think 2015 was my first). I’ve kept the ones I like, but I’ve also let a couple go when they weren’t my cup of tea. I was afraid that this one might end up being one of the latter (even though I was excited that my design/mock-up for the blade etch ended up being used), but man, this thing really surprised me! I love the horn, the fit and finish are great, and the blade is thin and slicey. Plus, I’m a sucker for a lanyard hole! ;)


    My second finalist is this Alber’s Cutlery Co. in Bocote. This was from Eric’s initial test run of 15 knives, which makes it extra special. This knife is beautifully made, with a fit and finish on par with some of my better GEC knives. I feel like it could be a bit thinner behind the edge, but I haven’t had to sharpen it yet as the edge Eric put on it is excellent, and the CPM154 holds that edge well.


    So now I have to choose. I honestly thought I was going to go with the Albers when I started writing this post. I like that’s it’s handmade by one man using traditional methods, and while I don’t think the Viper is a bad looking knife, I don’t particularly like the look of the Torx screws or that large pivot screw on the bolster. And I have carried the Albers often…

    …but not as often as I’ve carried this year’s forum knife. I don’t usually carry more than one pocket knife, but since I got this years BF knife, I’ve been pairing it up with a more traditional knife 9 days out of 10. It’s seen a lot of pocket time. So, given the criteria for the thread, I guess I’d have to say that my 2020 knife of the year is the BladeForums 2020 Viper Swayback. (And, personally, that’s quite a surprise! :eek: :D)

  11. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I think the 70's Case knives are the best around.
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  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    You are very welcome, my friend. :)
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  13. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Thank you very much Ray !!!! That is much appreciated , but it is against my Grain to make a 14 % gain in a 6 month period which then would be a 28 % annualized gain . I will have to hold on to it for some time yet to move that rate down and at 80 Years old , I may not live long enough , but I really do appreciate your offer .

  14. Marlingspike12


    May 28, 2019
    My 2020 KOTY is this Case Trapper in peachseed jig antique bone. This one came in August. I'm a sodbuster guy but I always liked to try a trapper. However I hesitated because of the size. Then I saw this one and liked the looks of the bone so I went ahead and purchased it. I'm glad I did. I was surprised how comfortable the trapper is in use. It feels very nice in the hand. And it's not that heavy in the pocket as I thought it would be.
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  15. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Case trappers are great. Got two. And a smooth bone Böker trapper (gift from @Modoc ED), which is just as nice. Great fit for a man's hand, and the blades are a perfect size.
  16. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    I have had a deep love for Victorinox Swiss Army Knives for decades, and I was able to add some special “vintage” examples to my little collection this year.

    A LNIB Scientist:

    A much-loved but still perfectly serviceable Automobile:

    A pair of early bailed Elinox Pioneers in remarkable condition:
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    And a minty Technician:

    But my Knife of the Year is this slightly worn Pioneer:


    I have an embarrassing number of Pioneers, including several “Old Cross” examples, but there was something inexplicable about this one that compelled me to immediately put in my pocket, where it remained for more days in 2020 than any other knife. I’m not sure what makes it so special. It simply is.
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  17. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I’m going with a fixed blade this year. David Lisch M.S. is a cool blacksmith that makes killer knives and this is his Legacy model. I’ve been carrying and using it just as it deserves :thumbsup:. The sheath was made by Bob Bobbitt (Bob’s Saddle Shop - TX). Hope all is well Jack!

  18. peanutsxx

    peanutsxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2017
    Awesome knives and stories shared so far! For me this GEC #62 has completely hogged my pocket since February. So much so that prior to this week I think I could count the days I didn't carry it on my fingers with some to spare (this week I've been "forcing" myself to carry something else each day). Working from home and wearing shorts nearly every day may have contributed as I find this a very light and capable carry.

  19. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018

    My 2020 koty is this custom wharnecliffe built for me by Paul @CPE_Knives. He took a sketch I sent him and built a true workhorse... Simple 1084 and rubberized micarta in probably my favorite blade shape.

    Merry Christmas to Jack, and everyone else on the porch... I know I'm happy to be punching out in 2020.
  20. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Good to see you again my friend . I hope you are well . That looks verrrrry nice .

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