Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners It
Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners
It is that time of year again: the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice Awards are back, brought to you by Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners! We can’t wait to see what you will choose for your favorite knives of 2021.
Last year we altered the categories somewhat, ditching the Most Innovative award in favor of a Kitchen Knife category. This year there are no further changes to categories themselves, but as you’ve noticed we moved the awards back a bit, the better to incorporate last minute releases. Sometimes a knife that was announced earlier in the year takes a while to become actually available (especially with pandemic supply issues), and you never know when a manufacturer might have a late year surprise up its sleeve. Rather than wait for the next year to include these knives, we hope to give them a crack at the awards for the actual year of their release.
Tell Us Who You Want to Be in Each Category, Tell Us Why, Win a Cool Knife
As in previous years, the winners in each category will be chosen through a poll (details on when/how to vote below). When we choose which knives to list in each poll, we work hard to be as inclusive, fair, and wide-reaching as we can – but there’s always the risk that we miss out on something that deserves to be on there. We include a Write-In option to give these overlooked knives a fighting chance, but this year we want to go a step further.
We would love it if you gave us a little (just a couple of sentences) write-up about one or two of your 2021 favorites. These are the Readers’ Choice Awards, after all, so tell us what you liked best and why. We’ll go through these writeups to help ensure we put the most deserving knives in each category, but we’re also going to pick out our favorite write-ups and include them in the announcements for the winners if they pertain to that knife; if they’re for a knife that didn’t win, we’ll put them in a “Best of the Rest” wrap-up piece after the awards are over.
Please send your write-ups to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “RCA 2021.“ Here are the two main criteria any of your picks need to meet:
- Has to have been released, or become generally available, in 2021
- Must not be a custom, limited edition, or one-off mid-tech
If you send us your Best of ’21 write-ups (whether we include them in the articles or not), you will be entered into a drawing to win a Spyderco SpydieChef, provided by the extremely cool crew over at KnivesShipFree. The drawing will happen at 12pm EST on Thursday, January 20th, so make sure you get your entries in by then.
How and When to Vote
As for the final voting process, things will proceed just as they have in years past. We’ll open the polls on the main KnifeNews page this Friday, December 30th, at 9am EST; they’ll be open until Monday, January 3rd, at 9am EST. Everyone gets one vote for each category and, as mentioned above, write-in options are available as well.
Then, starting that Monday afternoon, we’ll begin the announcements, with a new one each day, five days a week, starting with Best New Tactical Fixed Blade and ending with Best Overall Lineup on Friday, January 14th. You can see the complete schedule below. Thanks for being a part of this with us, we can’t wait to see what you pick and why – and good luck!
Monday, January 3rd: Best New Tactical Fixed Blade
Tuesday, January 4th: Best New EDC Fixed Blade
Wednesday, January 5th: Best New Outdoors Fixed Blade
Thursday, January 6th: Best New Kitchen/Culinary Knife
Friday, January 7th: Best New Slipjoint/Non-Locking Knife
Monday, January 10th: Best New High-End Knife (MSRP of $300 or more)
Tuesday, January 11th: Best New Value Folder (MSRP of $100 or less)
Wednesday, January 12th: Best New Folder
Thursday, January 13th: Best Knife Upgrade
Friday, January 14th: Best Overall Lineup