Knife people seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) design. Some love it for its ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and potentially replace multiple tools. Some hate it for its large size and brute force approach. All I know is that I have seen some very capable people doing a multitude of survival related tasks with them and doing them very effectively. I also know that the new SXB from TOPS Knives is one of the most radical WSKs I have seen yet.
Take TOPS Knives’ well known Tom Brown Tracker, stretch it out by nearly 5″, add TOPS Knives’ Rocky Mountain Tread handle treatment, add an extended pommel and guard, and you have something close to the SXB EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. Interestingly, because the SXB is not quite as tall as the Tracker, it manages to weigh 2 ounces less in spite of all the extra blade length.
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Black Traction Coating|
|Handle Material||Black Linen Micarta|
|Handle Style||Rocky Mountain Tread|
|Knife Weight||26 oz|
|Sheath Material||Black Ballistic Nylon|
|Sheath Clip||Molle Backing|
|Designer||EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder|
Not to take away from TOPS here, but for people like myself not well versed in knives, what are other popular examples of WSKs? Thanks.
Most of them have been custom offerings the original of which was made by Dave Beck (I think). TOPS Knives is the only one I am aware of making production versions. they offer a few versions of the well-known Tracker.
There are indeed many example of a “wsk” TOPS also has the Tahoma field knife and other brands have their own as well but the reality is most are just regular blades repackaged. Few are designed for with survival in mind.
Wilderness survival knife is a blanket term for its capabilities such as game preparation, battoning, chopping, anything that would be needed in a 1knife only, survival situation. This relies heavily on preference. I will say though that TOPS knives are absolute brutes, and take a serious beating. There is nothing easy about sharpening one of these multiple edge knives, but they sure do look mean!
Can you say pure badass knife I will have one
Thx folks!!! I designed this knife out of need and to please only me! My knife on an extreme survival challenge in Tanzania broke on me and that’s not a good feeling. I swore I’d make a knife that was as tough, rugged, durable, and dependable as I am! Extreme situation require an extreme blade…the SXB is that blade, whether surviving the Wild or the Battlefield this Survival Fighting Knife is a Beast!!! Watch it’s final 40 Day test on Naked and Afraid XL starting July 12th on Discovery! Thx for ur support! ~ EJ Snyder
When do the pre orders start shipping out?
When does it come out? I really want one.
It is available now. Follow the link in the post to purchase directly from TOPS or click here: https://www.topsknives.com/sxb
If you open the pouch on the front of the sheath, you will find a coupon code for testosterone replacement therapy, which may be needed for some people to properly use this knife.
At least…in a perfect world that’s what you’d find.