Knives Illustrated - - News - STORY AND PHOTO BY JOSHUA SWANAGON

Alot can hap­pen in a year. As we close the books on an­other great year at Knives Il­lus­trated, I can’t help but look back with fond­ness at the mem­o­ries that we’ve cre­ated in a rel­a­tively short time. Some­times it is hard to be­lieve how much we can pack into a year—it re­ally doesn’t seem like much while we are in the thick of it, but when we look back at it all in one lump sum, it’s quite pro­found.

Over the past year, we have trav­eled to the SHOT Show to­gether, gone be­hind the scenes of BLADE Show, and even taken a 4,000-mile mo­tor­cy­cle trip to Idaho to bring you this is­sue’s “Be­hind the Scenes” ar­ti­cle, straight from the TOPS Knives fac­tory.

We have seen many changes in knife leg­is­la­tion over this past year that have ex­panded the choices of hon­est, knife-lov­ing Amer­i­cans, al­low­ing us to carry more of the knives we love with­out risk of pros­e­cu­tion.

We have also had the priv­i­lege of test­ing some great knives from ev­ery cor­ner of the knife in­dus­try, in an ef­fort to bring you the best in many cat­e­gories, so you aren’t left guess­ing which knife might be right for you. As we fin­ish out an amaz­ing year here at Knives Il­lus­trated, I can’t help but also pon­der the great friends I have made along the way and the amaz­ing read­ers we have. It is you that help to make this mag­a­zine what it is. We have an out­stand­ing team here at Knives Il­lus­trated who work hard to bring you the best con­tent pos­si­ble, but with­out you it would all be for noth­ing.

But now, as we wind down an­other great year, it is time to stop look­ing back, be­cause we are not go­ing that di­rec­tion. It is time to start look­ing for­ward. 2018 is shap­ing up to be a great year for Knives Il­lus­trated and our read­ers. We look for­ward to you stay­ing with us on this jour­ney, as we strive to con­tinue bring­ing you the best knives on the planet. See you next year.

Stay sharp and keep it real.


The Spy­derco Pro­fi­cient lies in wait in its nat­u­ral habi­tat.

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