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BLADE Show Names Top Knives

John White holds his Best of Show and Best Damascus Knife from the BLADE Show custom knife competition as collector Preston Gough looks on.

ABS master smith John White (left) holds his Best of Show and Best Damascus Knife from the 2013 BLADE Show as the knife’s owner, Preston Gough, enjoys the moment.

Announced earlier in the day, the custom knife winners were, by category:

•Best Tactical Folder: Sniper Bladeworks

•Best Fixed Blade: David Lisch;

•Yvon Vachon Best Miniature Award: Yoshio Sakauchi;

•Best Sword: David Mirabile;

•Best Damascus: John White;

•Best Art Knife: Steve Rapp;

•Best Collaboration: Bob Terzuola and Brian Fellhoelter;

Wonder of Knifemaking Wayne Goddard

Click the cover to get Wayne Goddard’s acclaimed book, “The Wonder of Knifemaking.”

•Best New Maker: David Sharp;

•Best Folder: Scott Sawby;

•Best Bowie: John White;

•Best Handle Design: E. Scott McGhee;

•Best Fighter: E. Scott McGhee;

•Best of the Rest: Steve Culver;

•Most Innovative Design: Grant and Gavin Hawk;

•Best Utility Hunter: Alan Hutchinson;

•Hugh Bartrug Best of Show Award: John White.

Also during the banquet, ABS master smith Wayne Goddard became the 50th inductee into the BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame©. Celebrating 50 years of making knives, Goddard parlayed the knowledge he’s gained in his knifemaking business into a second career writing about the process, including almost a quarter century as a columnist (Question & Answer, The $50 Knife Shop, Steels and more) for BLADE Magazine and as an author of several knife books, including The Wonder of Knifemaking.

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