Just curious how many people would be interested or willing to contribute to a gear of the year thread. Currently, I'm thinking folding knives would be a great starter. If you have a better idea that might be more popular I am certainly all ears. First off, would be standardized testing for anyone who has a design they personally own. Today I used this method to test my newly purchased Ontario, RAT model 1: From the factory box (without sharpening, although one sharpening before the test I think would be permissable) 1-Make a feather stick. 2-Shave hair from your arm 3-(I batoned a piece of firewood but would not expect anyone else to, suggest a substitute) 4-Shave again. I am not out for destructive testing. My main goal is to get a real idea for what the best folders on the market actually are. And have willing participants on this forum submit knives tested with a standard at home that they think should/could be prepper boards GOTY. Another problem I have with allot of YouTube reviews and testing is class type comparisons. Some highly expensive knives are not necessarily better performers. How much do you need to spend on a knife you can bet your life on? I think that is the question that consumers really want answered, and it won't be by a professional reviewer. Let me know what ideas you have for testing that will show a knife will last "out of the box". Other factors for achieving GOTY. 1. Amazon, Walmart, (reputable high volume store reviews) will give us a massive sample of quality indicators or potential problems and defects. 2. Price as purchased including tax and shipping, "out the door" is the main thing we all really want to know for prices. 3. Accurate weights, not shipping weights for those who have access to a scale.