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Terävä Skrama 200

The original Terävä Skrama is a remarkable large knife in terms of its functionality and its affordable price. The Skrama chops, splits, carves, and generally just makes itself handy in the backcountry. It is a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it. But, maybe you’ve looked at the Skrama before and thought that you would prefer something just a bit smaller. The new Skrama 200 may be just the ticket.

The original Skrama 240, with its hand-and-a-half grip and impressive 240mm (about 9.4″) long blade, comes in at 17.93″ overall length. As you might guess from the name, the new Skrama 200 has a 200mm long (7.87″) blade, with a more traditional one-hand grip, has a 13.77″ overall length. It weighs 150 grams less than the original at 320 grams. Both are ground from super tough 80CrV2 steel, feature a 2″ portion of the blade near the handle with a finer 25-degree edge for finer work, and have an overmolded grip.

The Skrama 200 should be easier to pack while still offering a lot of capability and, like the original Skrama 240, it does it all without the high price. The Skrama 200 and the rest of the excellent Terävä line of knives is available at Varusteleka.com.

New from TOPS Knives: Baja 4.5 Reserve Edition

The TOPS Baja 3.0 and Baja 4.5 are my all-time favorite TOPS knives. To me, they stand out in TOPS’ line for their excellent full flat primary grinds, simple but comfortable handles, and they are relatively thin behind the edge making them great all-around cutters. Now there is a new addition to the Baja line – the Baja 4.5 Reserve Edition.

The Baja 4.5 Reserve Edition is very much like the original Baja 4.5 except executed with colors and finishes typical of TOPS’ other bushcraft knives for a classic and classy look. It has a new black traction coating, tan micarta handle slabs, and better-looking handle hardware. Other than that, everything that makes the original Baja 4.5 great is still there like 5/32″ 1095 steel with the excellent TOPS heat treat, a very nice leather dangler sheath, bow drill divet in the handle slabs, well-executed jimping, and more.

Pick up the Baja 4.5 Reserve Edition from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/baja-4-5-reserve-edition

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 9.25”
  • Blade Length: 4.88”
  • Cutting Edge: 4.5”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction
  • Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 6.4oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 12.2oz
  • Sheath Material: Brown Leather
  • Sheath Clip: Belt LoopDesigner: TOPS Team

Sneak Peek: Ultralight Saw from Knife Point Gear

I’ve been following Alex Garland, OUTDOORS55, on Youtube for quite a while. He has some of the most practical knife sharpening information I have found which is what originally brought me to his channel. He’s also a knife maker and is going to be releasing a very interesting ultralight saw in the next week.

The saw consists of a carbon fiber tube handle with metal reinforcing ferrules at the ends. This handle can accept any standard reciprocating saw blade which is extremely clever considering how inexpensive and plentiful pruning/clean wood blades are. These blades are also made for use in power tools and tend to be very durable compared to some higher performance folding saws.

The saw comes with a 12″ carbide tipped pruning recip blade, a blade cover, and the handle itself. The whole package including the blade cover weighs in at 3.95 ounces. That is extremely impressive when you consider that most 7-8″ folding saws weigh almost twice that (6.6 ounces for something like a Bahco Laplander).

The stats on this saw are impressive but when you consider that it breaks down into two compact parts and doesn’t use expensive replacement blades, it looks like a real winner. Pricing and the exact release date are not available at this time. You can keep your eye on Alex’s Instagram feed and KnifePointGear.com for more information.

Resolute X-1: Ultralight Titanium Knife

What happens when engineers with an aerospace manufacturing background set their minds to designing a disposable utility blade based, EDC knife to be as slim, light, and simple as possible? The Resolute X-1 happens.

Resolute Tools is a new company that seeks to bring aerospace engineering principles to bear on the EDC market. The potential for such an approach is clear when you take a look at their first tool, the Resolute X-1, with its clever use of material properties and extreme simplicity of design.

The Resolute X-1 has three main components: a standard utility blade, a bronze blade holder, and a titanium frame. The blade rides in the blade holder which is machined from naturally low friction allowing to slide in the titanium frame. The titanium frame has an integral leaf spring that provides detent action for the blade holder so it snaps into the open and closed positions. It’s a very clever design that keeps the entire package slim and simple.

The titanium frame is radically skeletonized to reduce weight and bulk. It fully encapsulates the sharp edges of the utility blade when it is retracted and has an integral pocket clip. The result is an EDC knife that is just .282″ thick and weighs less than half of an ounce! If you carry a larger knife regularly, this may be the perfect companion to it.

Resolute Tools is currently launching the Resolute X-1 on Kickstarter. You can learn a lot more about the design and its creators on their campaign page: Resolute X-1 on Kickstarter

TOPS Knives: Tac-Raze 2

TOPS first friction folder design now has a second blade shape available. Leo wanted the Tac-Raze to fill two purposes specifically. It had to be a good-looking gentleman’s EDC that could be carried and used in public, and it had to be a functional tool. To accomplish those needs, he started with simple shapes and added curves in all the right places. Even the sheath is stylish, but also gives the wearer a variety of carry options.

It’s not just about looks though. This knife will perform everyday tasks quickly and easily, such as opening packages, cutting down boxes, cutting rope, etc. The Tac-Raze is also a devastating slasher. It never hurts to have that last line of defense. It comes with good-looking Green Canvas Micarta handles, TOPS’ famous Black River Wash finished 1095 with TOPS’ “signature” differential heat treat. The strong brown leather sheath can be worn vertically or horizontally on a belt for ease of carry whether open or concealed.

Pick up the Tac-Raze 2 from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/tac-raze-2

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 7.5”
  • Blade Length: 3.13”
  • Cutting Edge: 2.75”
  • Closed Length: 6.0”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black River Wash
  • Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 2.9oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 4.0oz
  • Sheath Material: Brown Leather
  • Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
  • Designer: Leo Espinoza

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