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New from TOPS Knives: The 3 Bros

TOPS Knives just rolled out the 3 Bros – a trio of compact fixed blade knives that they have shown at trade shows. These knives feature really interesting handles that you have to hold to understand. The thick micarta disks on the handles add enough swell to anchor these minimalist knives in your grip.

From TOPS Knives:

These tiny fixed blade knives pack a lot of use into a very small package. With an overall length of less than four and a half inches, they’re also very easy to carry every day. Each blade is about two inches long and TOPS has decided to offer it with three different styles: Hunter, Tanto, and Sheep’s Foot. They may be small, but TOPS didn’t skimp on the quality. When you need the functionality of a utility knife with the strength of a fixed-blade, the 3 Bros are what you’re looking for.

Pick up the 3 Bros from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/3-bros

Details:

Overall Length: 4.27”

Blade Length: 2.0”

Cutting Edge: 2.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.13”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 1.9oz (per knife)

Weight w/ Sheath: 2.8oz (per knife)

Sheath Material: Kydex

Sheath Clip: Injection molded nylon

Designer: TOPS Team

MSRP: $90 each or $180 for all 3

Happy 20th Birthday TOPS Knives

TOPS Knives turns 20 years old today! That represents 20 years of continued relevance in a fickle market, 20 years of American (Idaho to be specific) manufacturing, and 20 years of great knives.

New from TOPS Knives: Camp Creek Knife

TOPS Knives just released the Camp Creek, their first production knife to use S35VN stainless steel. This knife appears to have a lot of great features including being ground from thin 1/8″ steel stock, a bull-nose skinner profile, and a kydex dangler sheath. The combination of tough S35VN steel, thin stock, and a tall flat primary grind should make this knife an excellent cutter.

From TOPS Knives:

Every year, TOPS’ President Leo Espinoza makes himself a knife for hunting season. Sometimes that knife ends up being a TOPS model. The Camp Creek is one of those. The goal with this model was to make a super high quality hunting/camp knife using materials that are uncommon for TOPS. Hence the use of CPM S35VN steel, 3 color camo G10 handles, and a stylish Kydex sheath with a leather dangler. The superior design, fit and finish, and material selection combine to form one of the best hunting knives ever to grace TOPS’ lineup.

Pick up the Camp Creek from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/camp-creek

Specs:

Knife Type Fixed Blade
Overall Length 9.00″
Blade Length 4.38″
Cutting Edge 4.25″
Blade Thickness 0.130″
Blade Steel CPM S35Vn
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Camo G10
Knife Weight 6.2oz
Weight w/ Sheath 10.3oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Coyote Tan Kydex
Sheath Clip Dangler
Designer Leo Espinoza

 

 

Tom Brown Tracker #3 20th Anniversary Edition – TOPS Knives

TOPS Knives will celebrate their 20th year of operation in October of this year. It is only fitting that they release a special version of what is perhaps their most recognizable design…

The Tom Brown Tracker is one of the most iconic survival knife designs on the planet. It has also been one of the highest selling TOPS models in the 20 years that we’ve been in business. So it only makes sense that one of the TOPS’ 20th anniversary limited edition knives be a Tom Brown Tracker. We decided to use the Tracker #3 specifically. It has been upgraded from 154cm to S35Vn steel, Black Linen to Brown Burlap Micarta, and standard Kydex to custom quality burgundy leather. This is one that will definitely become a collector’s piece for many.

Pick up the Tracker #3 20th Anniversary Edition from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/20th-anniversary-tracker

 

Specs:

Overall Length: 10.75”

Blade Length: 5.75”

Cutting Edge: 5.5”

Blade Thickness: 0.19”

Blade Steel: CPM S35VN

Blade Finish: Tumble Finish

Handle Material: Burlap Micarta

Knife Weight: 14.4oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 22.3oz

Sheath Material: Burgundy Leather

Sheath Clip: Belt Loops

MSRP: $400

TOPS Knives Tundra Trekker

The Tundra Trekker is the newest knife from TOPS Knives and if you love big choppers, you’re going to love this. It has Kukri bloodlines with dose of TOPS style and it is clearly made to wreck whatever you put in front of it.

The Tundra Trekker is a Kukri-esque design that has the blade heavy balance and general shape of a standard kukri with TOPS unique style. It has a robust powder coat finish, comfortable handles, opposing pitch saw teeth, and a forward curved blade all designed to excel in several uses. Anything from chopping wood, to making traps and tent pegs, clearing brush, and whatever else you might decide to throw its way. The open backed Kydex sheath comes equipped with a dangler to make it easy to carry through thick brush and trees. This is a great option for those looking for something in the 9” blade range.

Pick up the Tundra Trekker from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/tundra-trekker

Specs:

Overall Length: 14.25”

Blade Length: 9.0”

Cutting Edge: 9.0”

Blade Thickness: 0.19”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tactical Stone

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 16.6oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 23.8oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Dangler

Designer: Leo Espinoza

MSRP: $230

TOPS Knives Backpacker’s Bowie

TOPS Knives has released their new Backpacker’s Bowie and it scores some major nostalgia points with me. When I was a teen, a good friend of mine had a Jet Pilot Survival Knife that I thought must have been the coolest knife in the world. The blade shape and grind of the new Backpacker’s Bowie bears a strong resemblance to that iconic knife.

When I am backpacking, I want a knife that is stout but not dead weight. The Backpacker’s Bowie weighs in at just over 7 ounces. It is stout enough to help with emergency tasks like wood processing and shelter building. It is also useful in camp with its built in pot lifter notch so you won’t have to wait for an emergency to use it.

From TOPS Knives:

Bowie knives have long been popular among knife enthusiasts. They are versatile in a wide range of uses. Most Bowies are larger knives, however. TOPS set out to make a shorter version that even a backpacker would carry (every ounce counts). The result is a 4” blade that could be the most important piece of kit that goes on the backpacking trip. Aside from the normal uses a knife affords, the notch on the spine is for breaking wire or pulling a pot out of the fire and the swedge can be sharpened upon request. The Backpacker’s Bowie, because you should always carry a knife.

Pick up the Backpacker’s Bowie from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/backpacker-s-bowie

Specs:

Overall Length: 8.25”

Blade Length: 4.5”

Cutting Edge: 4.13”

Blade Thickness: 0.16”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 7.2oz

Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

TOPS Knives Operator 7

Everything about the new Operator 7 from TOPS Knives is overbuilt. It is ground from .31″ blade stock which is far thicker than most knives. It has double layered micarta slabs on the handle for a hand filling grip and a striking appearance. It is a tank of a knife.

Here’s how TOPS Knives describes it:

Classic American “fighting” knife aesthetics create the basis for the Operator 7. TOPS went big with thick steel and handles to make a hefty, well-balanced knife that will excel as a workhorse tool. Because it is a tool, it’s also got to be comfortable. The rounded handles and hand guard make it a joy to use and the finger choil allows the user to get great precision for finer cuts. The included Kydex sheath with dangler attachment makes it easy to carry on the job site, in the woods, or in whatever scenario you find yourself.

Pick up the Operator 7 from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/operator-7

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 12.5”
  • Blade Length: 7.25”
  • Cutting Edge: 6.50”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.31”
  • Blade Steel: 1075 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta/Black G10
  • Knife Weight: 18.9oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 24.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Dangler
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza
  • MSRP: $240

New from TOPS Knives – The Little Bugger

TOPS Knives offers more compact fixed blade knives than just about anyone and they just released their newest, the Matt Graham designed Little Bugger. There are a lot of big features packed into this little knife – ferro rod notch, palm swell micarta grips, thin blade stock, and the list goes on…

Here is what TOPS Knives has to say about the Little Bugger:

The Little Bugger was designed by Matt Graham, who is much more than just a “survivalist”. He is an athlete – ultra marathons, triathlons, rock climbing, etc., a martial artist – several styles, and an expert in primitive weapons, hunting, and shelters. He has more “dirt time” than almost anyone else out there.

The reason he designed the little bugger was to have a sharp, full-tang fixed blade that can be carried when everything else is left behind. Imagine running an ultra-marathon with a backpack full of gear and this starts to make sense. In order to meet that need, he designed the little bugger.

It’s made of 3/32” 1095 steel with thin tan canvas Micarta handles and black liners. The knife weighs in at about 2.4oz. The sheath, also lightweight and minimal weighs les.s than two, giving you a total package of less than 4oz. The narrow j-clip on the sheath is great for wearing this on a belt or on a pack. It can also be worn with most shorts without falling off. The thin, straight blade is complimented with TOPS’ modified Scandi grind, making this knife razor sharp with a proven utility-style blade. This might just be your next EDC.

Check out the Little Bugger at TOPSKnives.com

Overall Length: 5.75”

Blade Length: 2.38”

Cutting Edge: 2.38”

Blade Thickness: 0.09”

Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58

Blade Finish: Tumble

Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta

Knife Weight: 2.4oz

Weight w/ Sheath: 3.7oz

Sheath Material: Tan Kydex

Sheath Clip: Injection molded nylon

Designer: Matt Graham

MSRP: $120

TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk Updates

TOPS Knives let us in on a couple of upgrades that have been implemented on their Hammer Hawk. They are now applying an improved radius to the upper steel portions of the tomahawk. These areas are meant to be gripped by the user when they are choking up to perform finer tasks. The new radius ensures that the Hammer Hawk is more comfortable to hold.

They have also applied the same radius to the corners of the hammer. This helps reduce cosmetic deformation when striking hard objects.

TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk

New from TOPS Knives: Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 and El Chappo

TOPS Knives just rolled out two new knives – the Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 and the El Chappo Cleaver.

Mini Scandi Folder 4.0

The Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 is a folding version of the popular Mini Scandi Knife: Mini Scandi Folder 4.0 at TOPSKnives.com

When you have a knife that is as popular and useful as the Mini Scandi Knife, other versions of it are bound to make sense too. That’s the reason the Scandi Trekker exists, and now it’s also the reason for the Mini Scandi Folder or MSF 4.0.

The MSF is a flipper style folder (non-assisted) that boasts a full Scandi grind that is great for slicing and perfect for EDC. The blade steel is N690Co, which is a very stain resistant steel that holds an edge well and is fairly easy to resharpen when needed. The frames are also stainless steel with tan canvas Micarta handle scales for a smooth, comfortable grip. Ball bearing washers on the pivot point ensure a smooth action opening and closing, and it has a reversible pocket clip for all you lefty’s out there. For a great EDC with a touch of class, check out the new Mini Scandi Folder.

Note: The MSF is a collaboration piece. It was designed by Leo Espinoza, but TOPS has teamed up with Maserin Knives to have the MSF made in Italy.

Overall Length 7.38″
Blade Length 3.25″
Cutting Edge 3.13″
Closed Length 4.25
Blade Thickness 0.120″
Blade Steel N690Co / Cobalt Vanadium
Blade Finish Tumble Finish
Handle Material Tan Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 3.5oz
Designer Leo Espinoza

El Chappo

El Chappo chops in the kitchen. El Chappo chops in the woods. El Chappo doesn’t care where it chops… It just chops: El Chappo at TOPSKnives.com

Leo Espinoza, TOPS’ President, has played with a few cleaver designs in the past and decided that with the success of the FMS knives and since TOPS is debuting a chef’s knife this year, it was time to make El Chappo happen.

While this cleaver can be used for heavier veggie chopping tasks, it’s primarily made to cut meat. With a blade length of 6” and a thickness of 3/16”, this cleaver has the weight and capability to help you take care of whatever meat processing you may encounter. It’s made of 1095 high carbon steel and has TOPS’ new Acid Rain finish. It comes with a Kydex Blade cover that is held in place with an elastic shock cord.

El Chappo is a cleaver that is as useful in the kitchen as it is in the field. So whether you are in the kitchen making dinner or in the hunting camp processing your latest harvest, El Chappo might be exactly what you need.

Overall Length 11.00″
Blade Length 6.00″
Cutting Edge 5.88″
Blade Thickness 0.190″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Acid Rain
Handle Material Black Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 15.9oz
Weight w/ Sheath 16.6oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Kydex
Designer Leo Espinoza

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