Top 25 Best Selling Blades of 2017: #6 Benchmade Proper

TOP 25 BEST SELLING BLADES OF 2017: #6 Benchmade Proper
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The Proper was a welcome surprise from Benchmade this year. Nobody was expecting to see a non-locking folder from the company best known for their proprietary locking system, but the response to – and demand for – the Proper has been huge.

The aptly-named Proper is very much a gentlemanly knife, with a 2.9-inch blade and classy red G-10 or green canvas micarta scales. In a knife market saturated with aggressive tactical gear and expensive flavor-of-the-month brands, the Proper is pure class with worldwide appeal. In fact, for international customers living in areas with restrictions on locking blades, the slipjoint Proper might be the first Benchmade they buy.

Part of its success may be timing: the Proper arrives just as interest in traditional pocket knives is taking off. What these uncomplicated, un-tactical knives lack in modern features like a locking blade and pocket clip, they make up for with heritage, cutting performance, and elegance. And even though it works like a traditional knife, the Proper is still built like a modern Benchmade, with a blade made from high-performance S30V instead of a simple carbon steel, and threaded fasteners instead of old fashioned fixed pins.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #5 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 Proper

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#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