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 Steel, SOG, Kizer 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’ 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.

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