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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

Two New Knives from TOPS Knives – The A-Klub and Poker

TOPS Knives just released their two newest knives for 2019. Both have interesting stories behind their designers. The Poker is designed by TOPS Knives’ General Manager and the A-Klub is the first TOPS knife designed by a woman.

A Curious Combination of Kiridashi and Karambit

Loosely based on a kiridashi, TOPS’ GM Craig designed the TOPS Poker as a sort of last-resort self-defense knife that will also excel as a general-purpose EDC knife. Craig came up with the idea after making a kiridashi by hand in his spare time. Holding the finished knife, it became apparent it would also make an excellent tool for self-defense, so the design was modified to include a finger ring. You’ll find regardless of the reason you choose to carry the Poker, it will be up to the task.

Pick up the TOPS Poker from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/tops-poker

TOPS Poker

  • Overall Length: 6.88”
  • Blade Length: 2.5”
  • Cutting Edge: 2.25”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas/Tan Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 2.7oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 3.6oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Beta Loop
  • Designer: Craig Powell
  • MSRP: $120

First Female Designed TOPS Knife

TOPS is known for a few things: differentially heat treated 1095 blades, over-built unique designs, and working with outside designers (among other things). This knife hits all of those categories, and is also the first to be released by TOPS that was actually designed by a woman. Amanda Kaye is probably best known for having appeared on Naked and Afraid. She is no stranger to hard work having grown up hunting and learning Native American survival skills. The A-Klub was even designed based off of influences from Native American war clubs.

Pick up the A-Klub from a TOPS authorized dealer or from https://www.topsknives.com/a-klub

A-Klub

  • Overall Length: 17.88”
  • Blade Length: 12.38”
  • Cutting Edge: 12.13”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.19”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Acid Rain
  • Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 23.8oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 33oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Dangler
  • Designer: Amanda Kaye
  • MSRP: $300.00

New from TOPS Knives: Street Scalpel 2 and Devil’s Claw 2

TOPS Knives just refreshed two of its classic knife offerings, the Street Scalpel and the Devil’s Claw. Both of these knives have served as popular, compact, self-defense oriented fixed blade knives in the TOPS line up for years.

Street Scalpel 2

The Street Scalpel has been around for quite a few years now. LEOs, active duty military, and everyday citizens love it because it’s narrow, easy to conceal, stout and strong, and looks great too. The Street Scalpel 2.0 has all the great features of the original, with some changes to offer variety (the original is not being retired). The handle has been slightly redesigned to offer more of a finger guard and the blade steel was thinned to 3/16” to offer a finer edge.

Pick up the Street Scalpel 2.0 from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/street-scalpel-2-0

Devil’s Claw 2

The Original Devil’s Claw was designed to be a deep conceal knife with a handle that is short on purpose for concealment in almost any outfit. Of course, the design was so reminiscent of karambits that it was only a matter of time before it got a makeover to become one. The hawk bill blade shape is a proven design for utility and defense tactics. The longer handle with the ring on the end provides the user with options that aren’t available with the original version (just remember the trade-off is that the new version is slightly more difficult to conceal).

Pick up the Devil’s Claw 2 from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/devil-s-claw-2

New from TOPS Knives: Bull Trout and Nata

TOPS Knives just released two new designs. The Bull Trout and Nata are both knives that we’ve seen before at trade shows but they are finally available for purchase.

Bull Trout

The Bull Trout is a result of TOPS 3rd annual contest where employees are encouraged to design a knife that will be put into production if chosen. This year the winner was Martin Murillo for his EDC fixed-blade design. Martin is an avid fisherman, so the Bull Trout had to excel at that. It’s got comfortable burlap Micarta handles with a stainless 154cm blade and a simple, classic chocolate leather sheath. But you don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy this knife. It’s just a great all-around EDC blade.

Pick up the Bull Trout from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/bull-trout

Nata

Many useful tools have come from the Japanese over the years. The Nata (hatchet) is one that hasn’t received as much attention as some others, but is an excellent tool nonetheless. The TOPS Nata is Leo Espinoza’s take on a very old gardening tool. The handle and grind have been changed from traditional designs to fit TOPS/Leo’s style. It’s also full tang with grippy burlap Micarta handles and a nice leather belt sheath. Have brush that needs cleared, branches that need pruned, or are you just in the market for a small chopper with an interesting design? The Nata might just be your next tool.

Pick up the TOPS Nata from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/tops-nata

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