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New from TOPS Knives: Earth Skills Knives

The Earth Skills Knife 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.

In keeping with the same theme as his first design through TOPS (the Little Bugger). It’s thin with TOPS’; modified Scandi grind, a tumble finish and tan canvas Micarta handle scales. This one comes with a deep carry brown leather sheath that Matt designed based off some old Native American styles of sheath. It is meant to ride cross-draw, underneath the belt, towards the back side of the wearer.

Please keep in mind, the stock of this tool is 1/8″ thick. Therefore, uses like batoning are not recommended and bent blades due to that type of use will not be covered under the warranty. It is meant for the types of uses you would normally get from a machete.

Pick up the Earth Skills Knife from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at


  • Overall Length: 14.25”
  • Blade Length: 8.25”
  • Cutting Edge: 8.25”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Tumble
  • Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 11.9oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 16.8oz
  • Sheath Material: Brown Leather
  • Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
  • Designer: Matt Graham
  • MSRP: $225

Pick up the Earth Skills Knife from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at


Greg Moffatt Knives NPE G10 Shiv

Greg Moffatt Knives has introduced a new affordable, non-metalic defensive option – the NPE G10 Shiv. As the name suggests, this tool is hand-ground from G10. It has a very slender form-factor that is easily carried in a number of ways thanks to the included, non-metallic static line sheath.

The NPE G10 Shiv’s handle is very slim fitting with its overall slim form-factor. It features a series of shallow finger grooves to allow the user to establish a secure grip.


Folding Titanium Craft Scalpel from CountyComm

Some people love sharpening their knives. Some don’t. For those who don’t, an EDC knife with a disposable blade can be a great choice. Many knives like this make use of utility blades there are options, like the new Folding Titanium Craft Scalpel, that make use of inexpensive scalpel blades.

CountyComm’s new Folding Titanium Craft Scalpel features a non-locking, slip joint mechanism with half stop. It has titanium scales with a machined dimple texture and a hardened steel blade holder. It uses standard #24 blades and comes with 3 replacement scalpel blades. It also includes a carry pouch.

Given the small size and lack of lock, the Folding Titanium Craft Scalpel should be legal in most jurisdictions.

Lynch Northwest Replacement Pocket Clips

I recently purchased a Spyderco Para 3. It has been a delight to carry and use except for one nagging issue – the factory clip placement sucks. Spyderco designed the Para 3 with the same size lanyard hole as the Paramilitary 2 which means there is less room at the butt end for the clip on the smaller Para 3. This means the clip had to be placed in such a way that the knife carries very high in the pocket and it took up most of the side of the knife. It felt like a strange oversight from the company that invented the pocket clip.

Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem. Lynch Northwest makes a variety of pocket clips for many popular knife brands. Their clips are made in the USA from titanium and feature a looped shape that provides a very deep carry. Their clips are lifetime warrantied against loss of tension or breakage which is impressive considering how many clips I’ve broken over the years by catching them on car doors, door frames, table tops, etc.

Lynch Northwest happens to make a clip specifically for the Para 3 that addresses my issues with the factory clip (it’s nice to know that I’m imagining the problems with the original). I bought one and I’m thrilled with it. It provides a more sensible carry depth and is relieved so that it doesn’t interfere with the lanyard hole. It’s proportions also fit better with the size envelope of the Para 3 which improves how the knife fits in your hand. It’s a simple and elegant solution that makes the Para 3 a much better knife.

Lynch Northwest makes a variety of clips for knives you probably already own. If you’ve ever broken a pocket clip, you’ll appreciate their warranty. Check them out at

TOPS Knives News: New Knives, SHOT Show, and a Podcast

There is a lot of news coming out of TOPS Knives these days including the release of two new knives in advance of SHOT Show where they will have even more knives to show off.

The new Street Spike is similar in design to the venerable Street Scalpel, a knife that has been in the TOPS Knives line up for years. The main difference is the skeletonized handle that keeps weight, bulk, and cost to a minimum.

The XXX Dicer Knife is the latest addition to the TOPS kitchen knife lineup. The designers at TOPS Knives see it as a useful amalgamation of a cleaver and a spatula.

You can see even more new knives in the TOPS Knives booth at SHOT Show. They will be exhibiting booth 20401. This will be the earliest look at most of the 2020 line up.

Finally, TOPS Knives is starting a podcast. They warn that while most of their social media feeds are PG rated, this podcast will not be. Expect some colorful language. Find the podcast here: TOP Knives Podcast

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