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New from TOPS Knives – Yacare 10.0

TOPS Knives’ latest creation, the Yacare 10.0, is a product of many influences. This knife is a direct result of testing and local knowledge gathered in the jungles of Columbia, the influence of traditional knife designs like the Barong, and the TOPS Knives design language.

The Yacare is a barong-like machete with a blade that is all-belly. This knife came about from inspiration that TOPS’ GM Craig Powell got from trips to both Costa Rica and Colombia. In Costa Rica he saw locals carrying machetes with similar looks, and after his Bushcraft Global trip in Colombia, it was time to see if he could design one that he would like. As far as machetes go, it’s made of thicker stock than most (3/16”), but it has a high grind to keep the weight manageable and give a fine edge for chopping or slashing. The Yacare is definitely worthy of jungle, mountainous terrains, and everywhere in between.

You can see some of the vetting and refinement that this knife went through in our previous post about TOPS Knives’ testing process.

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 15.50”
  • Blade Length: 10.25”
  • Cutting Edge: 9.88”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.19”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: New Tumble Finish
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 17.7oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 25.4oz
  • Sheath Material: Ballistic Nylon
  • Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
  • Designer: Craig Powell

Check out the Yacare 10.0 at TOPSKnives.com

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Zulu Bravo Kydex Custom Training Knives

Very few custom and production knife makers offer training versions of the knives they sell. This leaves people who seek edged weapon training stuck with generic training knives that don’t match the actual knives they carry… unless they happen to know about Zulu Bravo Kydex.

Zulu Bravo Kydex can make a training version of any knife even if it isn’t necessarily a self-defense oriented design. They recently made the above trainers for an every day carry classic, the Benchmade 943. If you look closely, you can see that they replicated the shape and even added texture to replicate the jimping found on the live knife.

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TOPS Knives Grandpa’s Ax – Now Available

Apparently cutting tool design runs in the Espinoza family’s blood. TOPS Knives newest tool, Grandpa’s Ax, was designed by Lorenzo Espinoza, father of TOPS Knives President and Chief Designer, Leo Espinoza.

In 2016, a challenge was issued to the employees of TOPS Knives. Whoever can design the best hatchet, tomahawk, or ax will get it approved as a design, be credited as the designer, and TOPS will produce it. This hatchet was the winner of that contest. The winner? Lorenzo Espinoza Sr. Lorenzo is Leo’s father. Leo is the President of TOPS Knives, the main designer, and the guy who approves all outside designs. You know what they say: like father, like son.

Grandpa’s Ax is an excellent mix of size, weight, and chopping capability for a small hatchet. Weighing just under 1.5lbs, this is a tool that can be easily carried long distances, making it excellent for backpackers and minimalist campers. The weight is in the head of the hatchet and its shape leaves it balanced to chop very well for its size.

Specs:

Overall Length: 11.0”

Blade Length: 4.0”

Cutting Edge: 4.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.25”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble Finish

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 22.7oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 27.1oz

Sheath Material: Brown Leather

Sheath Clip: Belt loop

Designer: Lorenzo Espinoza Sr.

Check out Grandpa’s Ax at TOPS Knives.

Signet Ring – Paramilitary Series from Wise Men Company

Wise Men Company has introduced a new version of their Signet Ring, this time for the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 and 3. The Signet Ring attaches to the Paramilitary to provide improved deployment and retention. It is machined from aluminum and has a 1″ diameter loop to fit most hands. There are versions available for both the Paramilitary 2 and Paramilitary 3 so be sure to select the correct version.

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VZ Daggers

You know VZ Grips but it’s time to get acquainted with VZ Daggers. These non-metallic daggers are made from your choice of G-10 and Carbon Fiber. These are designed to be piercing tools with a wedged point, a heavily textured grip, a flared pommel, and a thumb index divot that is reminiscent of the venerable OSS Thumb Daggers.

The VZ Daggers come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. They are called the Discrete, Don, and Executive respectively. All three sizes are available in Black G-10, Grey G-10, or Carbon Fiber. The Executive and Discrete share the same “argyle” grip pattern while the Don features a heavily grooved grip pattern. All three models are fullered and have lanyard holes.

Keep an eye on VZ’s Dagger product page for new additions coming soon: VZGrips.com

The TOPS Knives Tanimboca Puukko is Now Available

The story and man behind the TOPS Knives Tanimboca Puuko is fascinating. The designer, Goran Mihajlovic, was born in Serbia, grew up in Germany, and now lives in Columbia where he owns a nature preserve called Tanimboca. He makes knives there, including Puukos which are his favored design. The Tanimboca Puuko is the brain child of Serbian born, German raised knifemaker who makes traditional Scandinavian knives in Columbia. That is pretty cool in my book.

The Tanimboca Puuko is now one of the only production, full tang Puuko designs on the market. It is sure to be popular among the bushcraft crowd.

According to TOPS:

The TOPS version of his design mixes traditional elements with TOPS’ style. It has the classic Puukko blade with a very slight clip point. The spine is ground to 90 degrees for scraping tasks. Well-rounded Tan Canvas Micarta handles with red liners honor the traditional style. The knife sits deep in the leather sheath. Add a breakaway chain or paracord and it can easily be worn as a neck knife when needed. Once you get your hands on the Tanimboca Puukko, you won’t want to put it down.

Specs:

Knife Type Fixed Blade
Overall Length 7.75″
Blade Length 3.63″
Cutting Edge 3.50″
Blade Thickness 0.130″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Tan Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 5.1oz
Weight w/ Sheath 7.6oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Brown Leather
Sheath Clip Belt Loop
Designer Goran Mihajlovic

Check out the Tanimboca Puuko at TOPS Knives

TOPS Knives to Sell Pre-Production Fieldcraft Folder

The Fieldcraft Folder is perhaps the most anticipated knife that TOPS Knives has ever dreamed up and the pro-production version is about to go on sale. On July 18th, TOPS will offer a special edition of the Fieldcraft Folder that is limited to 50 pieces – the first 50 knives made to production specs. These pre-production models were produced after TOPS spent years dialing the processes that it would take to produce their first in-house production folding knife.

Each of these 50 special editions will come with a serialized box to match the knife, a knife cleaning mat, a bottle of Breakthrough Clean knife oil, and of course a TOPS whistle.

The Pre-Production Fieldcraft Folders go on sale July 18th. Stay tuned for additional details.

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Big Changes at Survive! Knives

Survive! Knives has been hinting toward big changes for a while now and their upcoming SK series of knives hasn’t exactly been a secret though details were sparse. That all changed yesterday when Survive! rolled out new details on the future of the SK and GSO series.

The Survive! GSO series of knives have been in high demand and that is an understatement. The demand has easily outstripped the pace at which the semi-custom line can be produced and the knives are back ordered out more than a year in most cases. Enter the SK series. The SK series of knives will be more of a high end production line. Millit Knives will be handling the production grinding for all of the SURVIVE! knives. The SK Series blades will be completed at Precision Plus. The hope is that the SK series would be able to be kept in stock to meet the demand of most users and the GSO series can continue to be Survive! Knives’ more hand finished line.

The SK series consists initially of 3 different models: SK 3.5, SK 6, and SK 12. Pre-orders are already open on the SK 6 and SK 12. You can read details on all the SK models on their product page: SK product page at SurviveKnives.com

You can read what Survive! Knives has to say about the transition on their blog and view the video below for more details.

Hard Point Equipment Releases Manticuda Trainer

Hard Point Equipment is now offering training drones for their Manicuda knives. These trainers are machined from steel to replicate the full weight of the Manticuda and are designed to fit your existing Manticuda sheath.

Check out FistKnife.com for more details.

RMJ Tactical’s First Sword!

If you are headed to Blade Show, make sure you stop by the RMJ Tactical booth to feast your eyes on their first sword – the Wyvern. It will be one of several new items that RMJ Tactical is exhibiting at the show.

Specs:

Steel: CPM-3V
Heat Treat: Cryo HRC 58-60
Weight: Sword – 20.8oz.
Sword and scabbard – 33oz.
Length: Overall – 21.2″
Blade – 14.25″
Thickness: Oversized 3/16″
Scabbard: Leather
Carry options: MOLLE & belt

RMJTactical.com

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