Spyderco Respect Voted Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2019

Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

The Spyderco Respect is the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice for Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2019! Sal Glesser’s magisterial bowie design took top honors in a category that also included the Benchmade Mini SOCP, TOPS Devil’s Claw 2, and the We Knife Co. Reazio.

As a titan of the knife industry, Sal Glesser needs no introduction. When the Founder of Spyderco and designer of some of its most beloved knives turns out a new blade, you pay attention. And among Spyderco’s 2019 releases was Glesser’s tribute to the American bowie, the Respect.

Bowie knives are defined by their blade, and the Respect’s 7.94-inch take on the bowie shape is a memorable one: an elongated, sinuous swedge dips down from the sturdy spine and runs out to a very acute tip. Bold and attractive, the blade itself is the most obvious visual flourish on the Respect. Across the board knife is handsome but everything else – from the sturdy blade stock, well-rounded CPM-154 steel, to the simple G-10 scales – bespeaks a drive for utility and function. Many bowie-style knives are intended as throwbacks, historical homages, collector’s pieces – not the Respect.

That drive for utility continues onto the handle itself. Glesser’s eye for ergonomics never fails, and the Respect’s handle, with a simple palm swell and curling beak end, is ready to work for a long time. It may not be the flashiest knife in the Spyderco 2019 lineup, but the Respect quietly impresses anybody who picks one up. In its own particular way it’s a showstopper, and a reminder that Sal Glesser is as capable with fixed blade ideas as he is with folding blade ones.

Visit KnifeNews.com tomorrow to find out the winner of the KnifeNews Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Fixed Blade for EDC 2019.


Monday, December 2ndBest New Tactical Fixed Blade 2019 (WINNER: Spyderco Respect)

Tuesday, December 3rdBest New Fixed Blade for EDC 2019

Wednesday, December 4thBest New Outdoors Fixed Blade 2019

Thursday, December 5thBest Knife Upgrade 2019

Friday, December 6thBest New Slipjoint/Non-Locking Knife 2019

Monday, December 9thBest New High-End Knife 2019 (MSRP of $300 or more)

Tuesday, December 10thBest New Value Folder 2019 (MSRP of $100 or less)

Wednesday, December 11thBest New Folder 2019

Thursday, December 12thMost Innovative New Knife 2019

Friday, December 13thWork Sharp Knife of the Year

Monday, December 16th: Best Overall New for 2019 Lineup