Top 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017: #12 TOPS El Chete

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When TOPS Knives President Leo Espinoza was tasked with designing the ultimate chopping knife, El Chete sprung from his mind practically fully formed. “Leo knew as soon as he drew this thing up that people were going to love it,” TOPS Knives’ Craig Powell tells us. “As soon as they look at it, people just know that it’s going to chop like no other.”

El Chete definitely lives up to the billing. Like the mutant child of a machete and a cleaver, the knife is nearly two pounds of ¼ inch thick 1095 steel. The broad blade is given a high saber grind to carry that stock thickness towards the tip, making the cutting geometry strong without being too wedge-like.

All that blade weight, coupled with the keenness of the edge, means that El Chete has a generous ‘sweet spot’ for chopping that bites deep into wood with little effort. The El Chete is also the first TOPS knife to be offered in their new “Acid Rain” finish, which both protects the 1095 carbon steel from corrosion and varies slightly from knife to knife, giving each blade a unique look.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #11 on our countdown of the Top 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017.

The TOP 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017 is based on a ranking of year-to-date dollar sales per day of all non-kitchen cutlery at The Virginia-based dealer stocks the largest catalog of cutlery in the world and serves the most diverse customer base of any knife retailer.

We chose to remove knives available only at from consideration. Exclusives that would have otherwise made the list include:
the HAP40 Spyderco Delica in Mahogany Pakkawood
the HAP40 Spyderco Endura in Mahogany Pakkawood
the s35vn Orange Southard Positron
the s35vn Tanto Andre De Villiers Beast Flipper
the Svord Peasant Knife Exclusives

Certain knives available for pre-order, namely the ZT 0055, Benchmade 87, and DPx HEST/F Urban were also purposefully excluded even though based on pre-orders it’s clear they are among the year’s most popular.

Knife featured in image: TOPS El Chete

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#22 Condor Primitive Bush Knife
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#19 Steel Will Cutjack
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#17 Spyderco Polestar
#16 Microtech Tachyon III
#15 CRKT Snap Lock
#14 Cold Steel Knives Steel Tiger Karambit
#13 Spyderco Chaparral Raffir Noble
#12 TOPS El Chete
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#09 SOG Baton Q2
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#07 CRKT Pilar
#06 Benchmade Proper
#05 Zero Tolerance 0850
#04 BRS Replicant
#03 Buck 110 Auto
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