A key takeaway for buyers attending SHOT Show this year is the acceleration in the volume of new product that’s about to hit the market in 2017. “Knife companies know it is going to be a big year, and they brought everything they’ve got to SHOT Show 2017,” Jason Kunkler, Head Buyer for KnifeCenter.com tells us.

But it was more than just the number of new models on display that got the attention of dealers. Just as impressive were the products themselves. “We saw a lot of clever, good using, and good looking product,” Kunkler says.

2017 was a very strong year of new knives at SHOT Show. But in a battle for dealers’ dollars several brands really raised the bar, upped the ante, pushed the envelope, and surpassed all expectations. Here are our picks for the top 5 knife brands of SHOT Show 2017.

1. Spyderco
2017 is shaping up to be a return to form for the Golden, Colorado knife company. “Spyderco’s lineup looks great starting with the knives they’ve already announced all the way to some surprises we’ve never seen before,” Kunkler says. In addition to its impressive new for 2017 catalog Spyderco brought several surprises to SHOT, including two Compression Lock flippers and a number of other eclectic designs.


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