Sharpest Knife Competition

Sharpest Knife Competition

“It will cut!”

Find out who has the sharpest blade at the show

Tactical Reviews will be be running a sharpness competition with some fatastic prizes.  Bring your blade along and see if you are a cut above the rest.


  1. Open to all knives, custom-made or production – No Razors allowed.
  2. Any knife deemed not to be in the spirit of the ‘sharpest knife’ contest will be disallowed (surgical/laboratory etc.)
  3. Open to anyone – Professional / Maker / Amateur / User.
  4. The Competition is free of charge for the participants.
  5. Each knife tested receives an official Sharpness Certificate.
  6. All knives will be returned to the owner immediately after testing/certification is complete.
  7. The competition opens at 10:00, and knives must be submitted for testing before 15:00 on the last day of the knife show.
  8. Entrant’s name, knife description, sharpening method and score will be recorded.
  9. Testing will be carried out using an Edge On Up PT50A BESS certified tester.
  10. Each knife will initially have a single measurements taken. If the result is within 50 BESS of the leading entry, further measurements may be taken (at the discretion of the tester).
  11. Subject to the previous rule, each qualifying knife will then have a set of three measurements taken along the blade (tip, centre and heel) with the average BESS score counting as the result.
  12. In the case of a draw, the lowest individual score will be used for secondary ranking. If there is still a draw, the first one tested will win.
  13. The tester’s results are final – No knife may be entered twice.
  14. A leader board will be maintained showing the top entries during the show.
  15. Each time there is a new leader, the knife will be photographed.

Rules are subject to change – see the TacticalReviews site for the official, current rules.
NOTE: No liability can be accepted for damage to any knife entered.

The winning knife and sharpening method will be announced at 15:30 on the last day of the knife show and on

Here’s a sneak peek at the prizes. There will be one main prize for the winning entry. (Full prize only available to a winner aged 18 or over.)


Go to the Tactical Reviews website for more info on the Sharpness Competition >

New venue 2018

New venue 2018

The new venue for Knives-UK 2018 is:

The exhibition centre
Thornbury Liesure Centre
South Gloucestershire
BS35 3JB

There are pros and cons with this move but with the removal of the marquee at Tortworth the venue meant things needed to change.

Stephen Nowacki Knife

Stephen Nowacki Knife

Featured Knife 2018

This year’s featured blade is the Knives UK 2017 “Best Fixed Blade by a professional maker

It was for a split ring-guard Bowie by Stephen Nowacki.

Steve has been a professional knife maker since early 2015.

Working mainly in O1 steel, Steve will often also work in other steels like EN43 and EN45 to make fixed blade knives.

Each of his knives are customised to suit the needs of the user and are aimed at gamekeepers, bushcrafters, stalkers, Ghillies and professional soldiers or top tier military.

Blades come with a flat grind and every aspect of the knife and sheath are done by Steve in his UK workshop.

See the Stephen’s knife gallery >

Photo by: Caleb Royer Knife Photos Caleb-Royer-photos