Dec 30 2016

KNIFENEWS: Top 5 Emerging Brands to Watch in 2017

December 29, 2016

With KnifeNews SHOT Show coverage less than 3 weeks away, it’s already clear that 2017 is going to be a sensational year for knife enthusiasts. Spyderco has buyers buzzing with an impressive new for 2017 catalog overhaul. Buck Knives injected excitement into their line-up with a range of new models and line extensions of the 110 Folding Hunter in the New Year. Early reveals from Cold SteelSOGKizer and ESEE also foreshadow a year replete with new options.

But ubiquitous brands aren’t the only ones contributing to the promise of a momentous 2017 for factory knives. If you’re still on the hunt for your grail knife, you may well find it coming from one of the top five emerging brands to watch in 2017. Here they are in no particular order:

Fox Knives

Fox Knives

Fox Knives’ Italian heritage and modern tactical vibe have always resonated. But in 2016 Fox started adding to its appeal by establishing collaboration relationships with the likes of Tashi Bharucha and Bob Terzuola. By bolstering distribution in North America with its deal with Böker Knives, Fox is poised to move into the mainstream in 2017.

Steel Will Knives

Steel Will Knives

Refined Steel Will designs like the Druid and Gekko series already have a cult following. But in recent months, Director Boris Shekhman has revealed plans to move Steel Will out of its niche and into the spotlight. The brand is leveraging its in-house design team to spark a product blitz in 2017. The Cutjack is leading a 20 knife lineup that emphasizes value and EDCability. It won’t be long until we see exactly what Steel Will has in store. They’ll have their entire new catalog on display at SHOT Show.

Millit Knives

Millit Knives

Millit has already developed a stellar reputation among designers for producing small batch production knives – after all, much of the crew are former Chris Reeve Knives employees. But, when Millit revealed it was behind many popular high-end and mid-tech knives, collectors also started to pay attention. Along with the revelation, owner Shane McGoldrick also disclosed ambitious plans to transition Millit from an OEM to a premium knife brand. The Max Evolution, the first Millit-branded release, is a sign of good things to come in 2017.

GiantMouse Knives

Giant Mouse Knives

GiantMouse is a small scale production knife company recently established by Danish design heavyweights Jesper Voxnaes and Jens Ansø. Expectations were naturally very high for GiantMouse’s inaugural releases, and when they dropped in the middle of the year they did not disappoint. Now that GiantMouse has the ball rolling, expect a year’s worth of new designs in 2017.

We Knife Co.

We Knives

We Knife Co. made a huge push in 2016. The company, previously accustomed to releasing high-end OEM jobs like the Apollo, introduced eye-popping designs of their own like the 605 and the 618. Recent releases demonstrate the young brand is evolving and determined to put a We Knife in your pocket in 2017.

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Outdoor Series

Outdoor series

The “Outdoor” series is a line of first class knives created for use outside the metropolis. These high-quality knives will become an indispensable tool for fishermen, hunters, hikers, climbers, and all other outdoorsmen. Each knife from this line was created for its own specific goals and objectives, beginning from a compact Skinner and ending with a huge Chopper. Impeccable design combined with practical sheaths makes Steel Will “Outdoor” Knives a great companion for any outdoorsmen.

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Urban Series

Urban series

The “Urban” line is extremely versatile and useful for everyday life. “Urban” knives are convenient, compact knives with an impeccably thoughtful and modern design. They can become the pride of their owners. The city has a lot of surprises for us every day, but there are no insurmountable obstacles for residents with an “Urban” knife.

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Tactical series

Tactical series

The skill of using a knife requires an appropriate tool to develop this skill, and turn it closer to a form of art. A greenhorn is able to develop his skills very fast with a good knife, but a professional who uses Steel Will will never forget it. Our designers were inspired by the best military knives to create the “Tactical” series. These durable and reliable knives are ideal for both training and for everyday use. The “Tactical” knife will be able to help its owner in any situation.

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