Top 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017: #25 Benchmade Freek

TOP 25 BEST SELLING BLADES OF 2017: #25 Benchmade Freek
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Benchmade deepened their more-affordable offerings this year with the Freek, a classic axis lock folder with modern materials. The Freek’s simple drop point blade and ergonomic handle have many comparing the knife to Benchmade’s popular Griptilian series. In some ways, they share much of the same DNA. Both knives are unpretentious, practical, sturdy, and (relatively) affordable.

Despite the similarities, the Freek is a unique design in its own right. The handles are over-molded with a rubber compound, giving it a grippy, tactile hold even with wet or greasy hands. The material is also available on the new for 2017 Benchmade Boost, for those who prefer an assisted opening knife.

The Freek’s pocket clip was thoughtfully given a smooth place to hold onto so as not to wear away your pants’ fabric. Its 3.6-inch blade is relatively broad – good for slicing while still retaining the strength of a saber grind. Finally, the Freek’s blade steel has been upgraded from 154CM, Benchmade’s standard entry-level steel, to CPM-S30V for better edge retention. It’s easy to see why the versatile Freek would be a popular new addition to Benchmade’s lineup.

The Freek is available in four configurations that include a Satin Plain Edge, Satin Combo Edge, Black Plain Edge, and Black Combo Edge.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #24 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: Benchmade Freek

#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