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At SHOT Show 2016 last week Steel Will Knives impressed buyers with their focused collection of fixed blades and folders. The brand is a relative newcomer to the market but is quickly winning fans with their solid designs, reasonably priced options, and scrupulous attention to detail.
Founded in 2008, Steel Will is one half of the company Sport Manufacturing Group, Inc., which also makes pneumatic replica firearms under its sister brand, Gletcher. The company is American owned but Steel Will knives are subcontracted to a manufacturer in Italy. They wouldn’t say who their manufacturing partner is, but Steel Will did disclose that they’re based in Maniago, the city at the heart of the Italian knife industry.
Despite the overall modern look of Steel Will knives, including a new for 2016 titanium framelock flipper called the Apostate, the materials and designs betray their classic Italian craftsmanship. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their Gekko folder, a design that was popular enough to warrant a new scaled-down mini version for 2016. The knife mixes modern design with classic details like a gently rounded lockbar for an appealing mixture of old-world and new. The company says the mini Gekko is being made for those who wanted a Gekko but wouldn’t pocket the nearly 4″ blade on the original. The new mini Gekko will be available in soft micarta green canvas, maroon, and sculpted black G10 handle configurations. Expect Steel Will’s new blades to ship sometime in the spring.
Knife featured in image: Steel Will Gekko