KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice Awards to Recognize the Best of 2017

Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

KnifeNews is thrilled to announce our second annual Dealers’ Choice Awards to recognize the best new production knives of 2017. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners, tomorrow KnifeNews will begin announcing the best knives of 2017 according to the leading knife dealers in North America.

Situated between manufacturers and end-users, knife dealers are in the best position to evaluate the hundreds of new products offered this year. They attend the shows, they decide what to carry on their shelves, and they closely monitor what sells and what’s being returned. To be a great knife dealer you have to have an intimate understanding of and passion for knives. Since there is no one better qualified than knife dealers to determine the best of the best, knife makers and designers tell us winning a Dealers’ Choice Award is already among the greatest honors in the industry.

Like in 2016, this year’s Dealers’ Choice Awards will recognize achievement across 10 different categories to cover as much of the new production knives as possible. With that goal in mind, two changes have been made over last year’s awards. The “Best New Fixed Blade for EDC” and “Best New Assisted-Opening Folder” categories are replaced with “Best New Multitool” and “Best New High-End Production Knife.”

If you’ve been wondering what the very best knives of 2017 are, visit KnifeNews starting tomorrow, Monday, November 13th. We’re kicking things off by announcing the Winner of the Best New Tactical Fixed Blade of 2017 (see nominees below).

2016’s Best New Tactical Fixed Blade was the CRKT Clever Girl.

Böker Kwaiken Fixed Blade: Lucas Burnley took his famous Kwaiken pattern back to its fixed blade roots with this release.

Böker Kwaiken Fixed Blade

CRKT Rakkasan: Austin McGlaun went bigger and bolder with his follow-up to the Clever Girl.

CRKT Rakkasan

SOG Pillar: A clean, professional fixed blade design, the Pillar was part of the vanguard of SOG’s new USA-made line.

SOG Pillar

Spartan Blades Hybris: This distinctive knife leveraged a reverse tanto-style blade shape to be equally adept in utility and combat roles.

Spartan Blades Hybris

TOPS Missile Strike: An aggressive, overbuilt fixed blade designed by a veteran for fellow soldiers.

TOPS Missile Strike


Monday, November 13: Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2017

Tuesday, November 14: Best New Outdoor Fixed Blade 2017

Wednesday, November 15: Best New Multitool 2017

Thursday, November 16: Best Knife Upgrade 2017

Friday, November 17: Best New Automatic Knife 2017

Saturday, November 18: Best New High-End Knife 2017 (MSRP of $300 or more)

Sunday, November 19: Best New Value Folder 2017 (MSRP of $100 or less)

Monday, November 20: Best New Manual Folder 2017

Tuesday, November 21: Most Innovative New Knife 2017

Wednesday, November 22: Best Overall New for 2017 Lineup