This would be easier for me if this were a thread on the greatest knife makers ever. So at least for me here it is;
Buster Warenski is the greatest knife maker of all time. He once made a knife that sold for a million dollars. He could do it all, engrave, carve, inlay, his knives were perfect.
Tony Bose is the greatest slipjoint folder maker.
Ron Lake is the greatest lock back folder maker and the originator of the interframe folder.
Daryl Meier is the greatest damascus maker.
Don Fogg is the greatest sword maker, along with most creative, damascus and knives.
Michael Walker is the greatest for his influence on folders (liner locks).
Bob Kramer is the greatest for bringing kitchen knives to the next level. Without him very few of us would be making kitchen knives.
Two of my favorite makers are Herman Schneider and Bill Ankrom.
Thanks to all those makers who have pioneered the way for the rest of us. Thanks to all the new makers pushing us old makers. Thanks to all the educated buyers who are willing to pay for what we make. Thanks to the forums that bring us together.
Love and respect