I’m visiting TOPS and ESEE today. Please follow our Instagram feed for the latest.

Idaho Falls. Home of TOPS Knives and Rowen Manufacturing (ESEE). I will be visiting both facilities today.

As I have mentioned, I am in Idaho Falls this week, revisiting my old stomping grounds and doing a bit of flyfishing. I lived in the nearby town of Ririe, ID from 2002-2006, though I was not involved in the knife industry. Consequently, I had not yet heard of the fledgling (at the time) TOPS Knives which was founded in 1998 and is located in Idaho Falls. ESEE Knives has a significant presence here as well via their partner – Rowen Manufacturing. I am a bit sketchy on all of the details of that relationship, though I will seek to clarify this.

I will be visiting both TOPS and Rowen today, but as I am travelling without a laptop, I will not be doing a full write-up until I return home to Tennessee. However, I plan on sharing a ton of photos, which you can check out on our Instagram feed (@knifetruth). Please give us a follow if you are so inclined.

I am excited about these visits for several reasons. First, it is just a great opportunity for me to learn more about larger-scale knife production. More importantly in the long term, I hope these visits solidify the relationships between these companies and TTAK. It isn’t everyday that a blogger travels halfway across the country to visit, and this opportunity to forge a personal connection is invaluable.

This is going to be a fun day. I am looking forward to sharing it with you.


  1. Sam L. says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about this trip.

  2. WilliePfisterbottom says:

    I though ESEE was under the Ontario umbrella?

    1. Used to be. Rowen has had the contract since Ontario’s ran out

  3. cmeat says:

    less than three hundred miles to boise and reeve, just sayin’.

    1. I’m on the road to Ennis MT right now. Headed the wrong way

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