Top 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017: #24 ESEE-CL1 Cleaver

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Back in December, ESEE surprised everyone with the announcement of the CL1, a knife unlike anything in their line-up. When we reported the news, Co-Founder Mike Perrin told us the CL1 would be at home at large campsites or as a knife you’d keep in the truck for “those times when you need something heavy duty.”

Tipping the scales at a pound and a half and made of coated and tumble finished 1095, the hefty cleaver is the kind of tool built to shrug off abuse that would overwhelm a more delicate blade.

In a tip of the hat to their Idaho-based partner (Rowen Manufacturing), Georgia-based ESEE chose to substitute the circular hole, made to hang a cleaver on a butcher’s hook, with a cut-out in the shape of the State of Idaho.

The popular cleaver turned out to be an encouraging way for ESEE to kick-off its ‘Expat Knives’ series which consist of collaborations with ‘Expat’, an active member of the ESEE forums.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #23 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: ESEE-CL1 Cleaver

#25 Benchmade Freek
#24 ESEE-CL1 Cleaver
#23 Kershaw Reverb
#22 Condor Primitive Bush Knife
#21 We Knife Co. 708 Karambit Flipper
#20 Gerber Center-Drive
#19 Steel Will Cutjack
#18 Mora Companion
#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
#11 Schrade Manilla Balisong
#10 Spyderco Lil’ Nilakka
#09 SOG Baton Q2
#08 Olamic Wayfarer 247
#07 CRKT Pilar
#06 Benchmade Proper
#05 Zero Tolerance 0850
#04 BRS Replicant
#03 Buck 110 Auto
#02 Kershaw Al Mar AM-4
#01 Spyderco Para 3