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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
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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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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).

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