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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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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.

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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TOPS Sling is Now Available

TOPS Knives just released their TOPS Sling and, if you are being honest with yourself, you want one as bad as I do.

From TOPS Knives:

Feel like a kid again with the TOPS Sling

If you were fortunate enough to grow up in a small town before every household in America had multiple TVs and several touch screen gadgets, then you likely knew the joy of playing with a slingshot as a kid. While these tools have their place in hunting some small game and/or birds, the vast majority of slingshots out there are for fun, not survival. The TOPS version honors that. Leo Espinoza, President of TOPS Knives said, “Childhood memories. That’s why I designed it. I was just thinking back to when I was a kid and I used to make my own and wanted to do that again.” So the next time you’re looking for ways to get your kid away from his smart phone, grab your TOPS Sling, head out of town, and make some memories.

Pick yours up today from an authorized TOPS Knives Dealer or at www.topsknives.com/tops-sling

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 6.25”
  • Fork Length: 3.5”
  • Fork Gap: 2.13”
  • Thickness: 0.19”
  • Steel: 1095
  • Finish: Tumble Finish
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
  • Weight: 6.7oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 9oz
  • Sheath Material: Brown Leather
  • Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza
  • MSRP: $130

TOPS Knives Frog Market Special XL – Now Shipping

When you think TOPS Knives, you probably don’t think of kitchen knives but you probably should. Their Frog Market Special (FMS) has been in their line up for years and it is right at home in the kitchen. Now, the FMS has a big brother – the Frog Market Special XL.

From TOPS Knives:

The highly anticipated release of the Frog Market Special XL is here. It has all of the aesthetics and function of the original in a larger package. Many users out there have this knife in their kitchen, camp kit, and some have even carried the FMS as an EDC knife. The longer blade and handle, and the slightly thicker steel give the XL an advantage in certain food prep tasks. “The Frog Market special and XL are both great knives. Almost every TOPS employee has the original in their kitchen and the XL will quickly follow suit,” said Craig Powell, General Manager of TOPS Knives. The Frog Market Special XL can be purchased by itself or as a combo with the smaller Frog Market Special.

Specs:

Overall Length: 12.75”

Blade Length: 7.5”

Cutting Edge: 7.5”

Blade Thickness: 0.09”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Black River Wash

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 9.4oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 13.3oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

Designer: Steven Dick

MSRP: $200

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TOPS Knives – Amazon Rain Forest Proving Grounds

TOPS Knives may not send every prototype to the Amazon rain forest for testing but they do send more than a few. Joe Flowers, who has designed a number of knives for TOPS, also happens to run a venture called Bushcraft Global – a survival/bushcraft training business that gives students the opportunity to train along side locals in the Amazon rain forest. TOPS Knives has been closely aligned with Bushcraft Global and that partnership has produced opportunities for real world testing of prototype products.

If you have ever wondered what kind of testing TOPS does before bringing a knife to market, this video about TOPS Knives Yacare prototype can give you a taste.

TOPS Knives El Chete

TOPS previewed a number of new products this year at SHOT Show and their no holds barred chopper, El Chete, was among the most popular. This absolute brute of a knife isn’t for ultralight hikers. El Chete is now available directly from TOPS Knives and their dealers.

From TOPS Knives:

How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete. It has a wicked new blade finish called Acid Rain. The sandwiched Micarta handles fill the hand well and look outstanding too. The sheath is a clever out-the-back design that comes with either a spring steel clip or a leather dangler. On top of the aesthetics, TOPS president Leo Espinoza designed it to demolish wood as a chopper thanks to its heft and thick tang. If you’re in the market for a large knife, you’ve definitely found it.

El Chete at TOPSKnives.com

  • Overall Length: 17.5”
  • Blade Length: 12.0”
  • Cutting Edge: 11.38”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.25”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Sandwiched Black Canvas and Green Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 29.5oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 37.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Spring Steel or Leather Dangler
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza
  • MSRP: $300

TOPS Knives Tracker Digger

What happens when you cross the venerable Smatchet with the iconic Tracker knife design? Well, you get something that probably looks a lot like TOPS Knives new Tracker Digger.

Those of us who use knives usually take care to ensure the knife stays out of the dirt and rocks where it will inevitably be dulled or even chipped. The Tracker Digger is designed to be plunged into the earth beneath your feet and shrug it off. Feel free to chop a stubborn weed out of your garden, limb a pole close to the ground, or dig a fire pit. It wants to chop, dig, and root around. It might even like it.

Check out the new TOPS Tracker Digger at TOPSKnives.com

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 10.5”
  • Blade Length: 4.75”
  • Cutting Edge: 4.75”
  • Secondary Cutting Edge: 4.75”
  • Blade Thickness: 1/4″
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 18oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 24.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Ballistic Nylon
  • Sheath Clip: Molle Backing
  • Designer: TOPS Team

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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