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Sneak Peek: TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk Prototype Sheath

TOPS Knives rolled out several new products at SHOT Show and the Hammer Hawk was likely the most talked about. The details of the full-tang tomahawk were mostly ironed out at the time of the show but TOPS did state that they were still working on the sheath for both the tomahawk its companion knife.

Now we have this sneak peek of the prototype sheath set up. Details are likely to change on the production version but this gives us a sold idea of what we can look forward to. It looks like TOPS will have a belt sheath for the companion knife and a bit cover that still allows the user access to the Hammer Hawk’s hammer poll when installed.

TOPS also tells us that the Hammer Hawk is likely not going to make it retail until sometime the last half of 2017 (Q3 or Q4).

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Fresh Take on a TOPS Knives Classic: Apache Dawn Rockies Edition

The Apache Dawn has been in the TOPS Knives line for a long, long time. It’s a classic and its newest iteration might be its best. The Apache Dawn Rockies Edition is now available at TOPS Knives.com.

The new Rockies Edition (RE) features same harpoon blade shape for which the Apache Dawn is known. Unlike the original, the RE has deeply textured, “Rocky Mountain Tread” G-10 handle slabs and a tumble finish.

Check out the Apache Dawn RE at TOPS Knives.

Overall Length 11.88″
Blade Length 6.75″
Cutting Edge 6.13″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Black G10
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 15.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath 21.0oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Olive Drab MIL-SPEC Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing

TOPS Knives 2017 Preview

This is just a taste of the knives (and slingshots) that TOPS Knives has in store for 2017. The names and specs on many of these items may change before they are released. Stay tuned for updated information as it becomes available.


 

TOPS Knives SHOT Show Tease

You won’t have to wait long for the payoff on this TOPS Knives pre-SHOT Show teaser image. If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the TOPS Knives booth to see the 2017 knives in person (#20401).

 

TOPS Knives ICE Dagger – Now Available

We recently profiled the ICE Dagger which is the latest collaboration between Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors and TOPS Knives. You can check out that post for background on the design.

The ICE Dagger has been officially released and is now available through the TOPS Knives website. The knife will also be available to view at the TOPS Knives SHOT Show booth (#20401).

Overall Length 7.75″
Blade Length 3.00″
Cutting Edge 2.88″
Secondary Edge 2.88″
Blade Thickness 0.130″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Cerakote
Handle Material Black G10
Knife Weight 4.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath 6.5oz

Andy Tran produced a video that shows the ICE Dagger in 4K detail (below).

TOPS Knives ICE Dagger

The ICE Dagger is another collaboration between InnerBark Outdoors Head Honcho Andy Tran and TOPS Knives. These two previously collaborated on the Tahoma Field Knife. Andy is a National Park Service Protection Officer and this law enforcement experience is baked into the design of the new knife.

The design features a double edged, spear point blade with a compound grind that creates an obtuse, reinforced tip with edges that still cut aggressively. The knife features textured G-10 scales that can removed and replaced with a cord warp if the user prefers a slimmer profile. It also features a ring at the base of the grip to provide a number of grip options.

The sheath for this knife is an exciting departure for TOPS Knives. All of their current kydex sheaths have been made with a fold-over design and a rotary belt clip. The sheath for the new ICE Dagger is closer to a pancake style sheath with soft loops that can be attached in a variety of ways. The sheath is well suited to the intended use of this knife as a defensive tool.

This knife is expected to be release before the upcoming SHOT Show. Stay tuned for details.

The following is a video from the 2016 SHOT Show where Andy describes the design in detail.

Tahoma Field Knife – New Handle Option

The Tahoma Field Knife, a collaboration between Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors and TOPS Knives, is now available with black canvas micarta handle slabs. The new slabs have all the grip of the original tan canvas micarta with the color being the only difference.

Check out the Tahoma Field Knife at InnerBark Outdoors.

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TOPS Knives – Bartender Defender XL and a Look Back at 2016

TOPS Knives just rolled out their last new knife of 2016 – the Bartender Defender XL. This is a larger (but still very compact) version of their popular Bartender Defender. The new Bartender Defender XL features a comfortable skeletonized handle, a drop point blade shape, and a bottle opener in the spine of the knife.

TOPS also published a photo that shows all of the new knife models they rolled out in 2016. There were several major releases including the Vi Ax, Brakimo, CUT 4.0, and more. Along with this photo, TOPS is dropping hints about an even bigger 2017. A little birdy told me we may finally see the production version of the BOB folder. Visit booth #20401 at SHOT Show to see what’s in store from TOPS Knives.

TOPS Knives Idaho Hunter Snake River Edition

The Idaho Hunter is one of TOPS Knives most popular hunting knives. It is an all-around performer thanks to its full flat grind, sweeping drop point blade, and multiple hand positions.

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The original version of the Idaho Hunter has a gray powder coat blade with gray micarta handles. This new Snake River Edition of the Idaho Hunter sports darkened black linen micarta handles and TOPS’ increasingly popular Black River Wash blade finish. The new linen micarta handle slabs provide plenty of grip but a smoother finish to prevent hot spots (for those marathon sessions when you buddies want you to dress out their deer too). The Black River Wash looks great and shows off the temper line from TOPS Knives’ differential heat treat.

Like the original version, the TOPS Knives Idaho Hunter Snake River Edition is ground from trusted 1095 steel and comes with a kydex sheath. You can view full specs and purchase at an introductory price at TOPSKnives.com.

Customize a TOPS Knives HOG 4.5

The TOPS Knives HOG 4.5 is one of the best all-around field knives that TOPS makes. What if you could choose your own handle color, choose your own sheath design, add cool features like fire steels or pouches, and support a veterans charity when you bought one? That would make a great knife even better.

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That is exactly what Red Hill Sheaths and TOPS Knives have set out to do. You can order a HOG 4.5 through Red Hill Sheaths and choose all the above options. You are basically starting with a bare blade with TOPS Knives great looking Black River Wash finish as your blank canvas! Red Hill Sheaths will then fit the knife with the handles you choose, custom form your sheath, provide any of the add-ons that you choose, and then donate $10 to Hope for the Warriors for each knife sold.

Visit Red Hill Sheaths to learn more.

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