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BLADE enters the house stretch in observance of its fortieth anniversary by way of doing a three-part sequence spotting the head forty customized knifemakers over these first forty years (1973-2013).

We compiled a listing of a few of the head makers and submitted it to a panel of professional knife observers and requested them to pick their best 5 to ten and rank them.

Though "top customized knifemakers" should be subjective, we wish to imagine a best maker is person who excelled by way of surroundings a regular that different makers tried to emulate, and/or excelled in caliber of craftmanship, originality, and creativity - or both.

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He patented several ingenious locking systems and combined these with fantastic and modern designs. ” Ward: “Michael’s designs are probably the most copied of any knife. ” Delavan: “Michael’s simple addition of the LinerLock to his folders changed the market in today’s knives. ” BOB TERZUOLA Ward: “If my memory serves me correctly, Bob Terzuola was influenced by Michael Walker—and Bob’s lock mechanisms certainly reflect that—but Bob’s overall tactical designs are all his. ” Overton (who had Terzuola and Ernest Emerson tied for first place): “Bob is generally credited with inventing the tactical folder—although the late Paul Fox might object—and Ernest Emerson definitely popularized it.

G. Russell idea but it took Bob Loveless to make it work. When his work was done there, he began to open up the Japanese market, which was the salvation of the industry in the 1980s. Loveless became the most famous American knifemaker. ” Harvey: “He is easily the most influential and emulated maker of the past 50 years. ” BILL MORAN Lobred: “With most of the industry following Bob Loveless and new super steels being developed like 154CM and D2, forging blades was giving way quickly to stock removal.

Harvey: “Loerchner is an extraordinary craftsman with a world-class design talent. ” TONY BOSE Overton: “Tony Bose showed that in the day of tactical knives, there is still a market for quality traditional slip-joint folders. ” Ward: “Tony set the benchmark for slip joints. His work is flawless, the secondary market prices for his knives are excellent, and his collaborations with Case have improved the quality of Case knives. ” Delavan: “Tony Bose is another maker who made what he liked, slip joints, when there was not much demand, and then the market took off.

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