SHOT Show Day 3 started with a visit to ESEE, the popular survival knife brand. New versions of their popular ESEE-3 and ESEE-4 models with a brand new, choil-less handle are now in production. These new blades won’t be replacing the classic variations, but will be sold alongside them for those who love ESEE’s blades but are looking for a more conventional grip. Also new are the American-made leather sheaths for the new knives. ESEE is also expanding their Camp-Lore with a small bird trout knife in uncoated 1095 steel. ESEE confirmed they have no plans to introduce a Izula Folder in 2016.
HK Knives brought a new automatic to the show, a lightweight and budget-friendly blade called the Patrol, HK says the knife was designed with law enforcement in mind to be an ideal duty carry.
Kershaw, are about to release a deluge of new models – 25 brand-new knives. Among the standouts are two new Emerson collaborations – a USA-made automatic and a sizable manual folder and the Ferrite another Rick Hinderer collaboration.
Sharing the booth with Kershaw was KAI’s premium brand Zero Tolerance, who brought 6 new knives. The 0095, which was previously only available on the Russian market comes to American shores in a new blackwash finish. And alongside new designs from previous ZT collaborators Todd Rexford, Dmitry Sinkevich, and Les George, ZT announced the 0220 from Danish mastermind Jens Anso.
The biggest news from Boker was the announcement of a new USA-made line of knives. The first model in the series is a lightweight, utilitarian design that comes in a choice of orange, blue, green, or black glass-reinforced nylon handles. Also notable is a new collaboration with Montana-based maker Steve Kelly, a mid-sized ‘hard-use’ folder with aggressive texturing milled into the titanium handles and a Hinderer lockbar stabilizer.
Day 3 ended strong at the TOPS booth which was still packed despite the thinning crowds. Among the several prototypes and exciting new designs coming from the innovative outdoor knife maker was an unusual design that combines elements of a smatchet and shovel dubbed the Tracker Digger.