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The Wait is Over: TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder

The TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder might be one of the most important knives TOPS Knives has ever produced. It is modeled after their best selling fixed blade, it has been teased for years and hotly anticipated for just as long, and it is the first folding knife they they are producing in house. It had to be just right before they let it out the door.

From TOPS Knives:

The Fieldcraft by Brothers of Bushcraft fixed blade knife has been a #1 selling knife for TOPS since it was released and it continues to be a top seller even a few years later. Its ergonomics, modified Scandi grind, and heft have made sure that it finds its way into bug-out-bags, daily carry, and camp kits for guys all around the world. There have even been a few used in military trainings and overseas.

The folding version promises to be every bit as popular for the same reasons. While it’s larger than many folders out there right now, it carries well with a reversible tip up pocket clip. We know you’ll appreciate a blade longer than 4” in a lot of cases. The blade is made from 1095 high carbon steel. The handles are tan canvas Micarta on top of stainless steel liners. It has nearly all of the usefulness of the fixed blade, now in a folding version.

This knife is a bit of a throwback… thoroughly modern, but still a throwback. Their aren’t many modern folding knives that feature carbon steel any more (which is a shame) and check out that leather pouch sheath! How cool is that?

You can check out the new TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder at TOPSKnives.com.

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Sagewood Gear Universal Axe Sheath

There are a number of universal axe sheaths/masks on the market but many of them leave a lot to be desired. They often fit poorly which is dangerous with a sharp axe or they are difficult to install/remove which is also dangerous with a sharp axe.

Sagewood Gear’s Universal Axe Sheath is different. It is not as universal as some axe masks since it is actually available in sizes for many common axe bits. The various available sizes, coupled with the unique adjustable paracord retention strap and closure allow the end user to fine tune the fit to their specific axe.

The Universal Axe Sheath is made from 9-10oz Wickett and Craig Leather. The paracord retention strap can be protected from wear with a piece of included heat shrink wrap.

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TOPS Knives High Impact Axe – It’s Not Small

The High Impact Axe was one of TOPS Knives’ most talked about new deigns coming out of the SHOT Show this year. Just seeing this axe in hand doesn’t really convey its size. You need to see it compared to some of TOPS Knives’ other axe/hatchet offerings. It is not small!

Stay tuned for release dates and details.

TOPSKnives.com

TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk

This is the new release a lot of TOPS Knives fans have been waiting for… The Hammer Hawk has arrived just in time for SHOT Show 2018. The Hammer Hawk was first shown at last year’s SHOT Show, now it is finally available.

From TOPS Knives:

Power and aesthetics combine to make an epic tomahawk. The Hammer Hawk is anything but a normal tomahawk. Each feature was carefully thought out. It’s a full-tang, 3/8” thick piece of 1075 with a sharp, 4.5 inch cutting edge and a hammer on the back. The handles go most of the way up the tang to provide for multiple grip options. The blade cover is separate from the belt frog so that it can be carried on the belt or in a pack. The frog also includes a pocket to fit the optional TOPS Backup knife or small skeletonized knife of your choice.

Pick up the Hammer Hawk from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/hammer-hawk

Sneak Peek: RMJ Tactical Kestrel Trail

Photo Credit: Rob Orlando

RMJ Tactical will display a prototype of the upcoming Kestrel Trail, a hammer poll version of the Kestrel, at SHOT Show 2018. While most of RMJ Tactical’s tomahawks are designed for breaching, people have been pressing them into use as woodsman tools for years and the demand for hammer poll models has always been strong in spite of the relatively few of them offered in the RMJ Tactical line.

Visit booth 2231 at SHOT Show to see the Kestrel Trail in person.

RMJTactical.com

Classic Al Mar Design Now Made in the USA – Al Mar Mini SERE Operator by TOPS Knives

The SERE® Operator by Al Mar® is perhaps one of the most well-known tactical knife designs out there, and for good reason. It’s a classic design with great lines, ergonomics and usefulness. In 2016, TOPS and Al Mar® began discussions to make the Mini SERE® Operator fixed blade under the TOPS brand. TOPS is extremely excited to announce their version of the Mini SERE® Operator using 154cm stainless steel with Black G10 handles and a Kydex sheath. This is the same great design that everyone knows and loves, made in America, by TOPS. You can’t go wrong with that.

Pick yours up from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/al-mar-mini-sere-operator

Specs

Overall Length: 8.75”

Blade Length: 4.00”

Cutting Edge: 3.88”

Blade Thickness: 0.13”

Blade Steel: 154CM RC 58-60

Blade Finish: Tumble Finish

Handle Material: Black G10

Knife Weight: 4.5oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 7.1oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

Designer: Al Mar

MSRP: $210

Flagrant Beard – Flagrant Templar Tomahawk

Flagrant Beard’s latest creation, the Flagrant Templar Tomahawk, is now available to pre-order. It was created in collaboration with Exit Edgeworks and will start shipping earl next year.

The Flagrant Templar is a full tang construction tomahawk as opposed to a friction fit steel head on a wood haft. It is ground from 1/4″ thick 1095HC steel with Black or Tan micarta slab handles that span the entire haft to allow for a variety of grips. The head has a 2.63″ cutting edge with a sharpened beard and an interesting reverse-tanto, knife-like spike. The Flagrant Templar is 12.75″ in overall length.

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Frontier Axe & Tool

I have a confession to make. I like axes, hatchets, and tomahawks (maybe too much) and I am fortunate to live in a place that lets me put them to good use. I even started an Instagram feed (@thedailyaxe) that shares pictures of them which is how I cope with my vice. It is also how I came across Frontier Axe & Tool.

Frontier Axe & Tool sells axes, hatchets, and tomahawks. There are tons of shops selling new axes and tons selling restored vintage axes but Frontier Axe & Tool sells both. Their site has a variety of restored vintage American axes right along side a line of quality, USA-made, newly manufactured axes.

Those new axes, hatchets, and tomahawks are pretty unique and worth a look. The heads are hand forged by H&B Forge. Then Frontier Axe & Tool hangs each one with their own handles, sharpens them, and fits them with a leather axe mask. The quality appears to be excellent. They even go so far as to coat the leather masks with multiple coats of Sno-Seal. The prices on these axes are lower than their high quality imported counterparts and you are getting some solid value for the price considering the included leather mask and hand worked hafts.

Check out Frontier Axe & Tool.

Flat Face Knives Brewhawks

You’ve seen tomahawks with hammer poles and you’ve seen them with spikes. Flat Face Knives makes tomahawks with something even more useful on the opposite side from the cutting bit… a bottle opener. The Brewhawk is a hand forged tomahawk with a very traditional appearance until you notice the bottle opener.

Flat Face Knives makes these in various sizes and they are most easily available directly from the maker on Instagram. You can also check out their work at Arizona Custom Knives.

Bargain or Just Cheap? – Kershaw CQC-6K and E-Train

Welcome to Bargain or Just Cheap? This series reviews budget friendly knives for a variety of uses in a short format. All of the knives will cost less than $50 (in most cases, much less) and will be purchased out of my own pocket. I’ll buy them, carry them, and use them in an attempt to determine if the knife is a bargain or just cheap.


The line of collaboration knives by Emerson Knives and Kershaw is extensive and affordable. However, not all of them are bargains (see our CQC-4K review). The CQC-6K is the subject of today’s installment of Bargain or Just Cheap? and it has something impressive that no other folder in this category has.

Specs:

Lock: Frame Lock

Pocket Clip: Reversible, Tip up only

Steel: 8Cr14MoV

Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 stainless steel back

Blade length: 3.25 in.

Closed length: 4.5 in.

Open length: 7.75 in.

Weight: 5 oz.

Observations from Use

So what does the CQC-6K have that no other knife in this category has? It has the E-Train – a fully functional training drone version of the CQC-6K. That is a huge value added over other knives if you are interested in training but still operating on a budget. Kershaw and Emerson should get major props for creating a budget-minded live blade and drone combo. Even if you aren’t interested in the CQC-6K, you may want to pick up an E-Train to add to your training tools.

The CQC-6K has a lot going for it on its own. It has the Emerson Wave Opening Feature which is a hooked protrusion that can made to catch the edge of your pocket (or other materials), deploying the knife blade as you remove it from your pocket. Once you get used to the Wave Opener, it is hard to live without.

The knife also has a useful clipped point blade shape with plenty of belly and straight edge for a variety of cuts. The knife has a roughly half-height, hollow primary ground and a clipped point. It is relatively thick for a folder at .11″ thick but the hollow grind does a good enough job of thinning the edge that it cuts well. Overall, the blade shape and profile are very useful for a variety of tasks.

The ergonomics are very good. The knife is comfortable in all 4 grips – tip up and down, edge in and out. The G-10 scale offers excellent traction and the deep finger choil serves to lock the hand in place. It feels good in the hand and has a handle heavy balance.

The lock-up the CQC-6K and E-Train that I purchased are both quite good. They lock up early on the lock bar so they should have room to wear in over time. The detent on my CQC-6K is a little light but adequate but the E-Train has an excellent detent.

Bargain or Just Cheap?

The CQC-6K does a few things better than the not-so-positively reviewed CQC-4K. First, it has a higher primary grind which improves cutting performance and the ergos are spot on. It is a better knife in every way.

I can’t stress how cool it is to see an affordable knife offered with an affordable and readily available training drone. I don’t know of another knife in this price category that offers a drone. It is especially impressive when you consider that both the CQC-6K and E-Train can be purchased for less than $50 total.

When you consider things like a useful blade shape, G-10 scale, Emerson Wave Opener, and the availability of a training drone, you have to conclude that this knife is a BARGAIN.

I will be using Amazon as the price base line for this series. All knives were purchased by me from Amazon:

Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K

Kershaw Emerson E-Train


Our goal is to represent knives for a variety of uses from EDC, to outdoor, to tactical knives. Do you have a favorite affordable knife? Let us know about it in the comments!

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