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New from TOPS Knives: The Trail Seeker and Storm Vector

TOPS Knives has released two new models – The Trail Seeker and the Storm Vector. Both of these knives have interesting backstories. The Trail Seeker is the latest knife to come out of their employee design competition, a competition that has already produced other successful designs. The Storm Vector is based on the history-rich, Viking Seax with a dash of modern reinterpretation.

Trail Seeker

The Trail Seeker is a product of TOPS’ 4th employee contest to design a knife to be put into production. This year, it was Luis Murillo, who is the Kydex manager at TOPS. His inspiration for the design was as simple as it gets. Make sure it has a comfortable handle – with a bit of a guard and a nice swell – a simple, effective blade design with a good pointy tip, and a Kydex sheath that makes it easy to wear the knife on your hip every day. Get yours today and you’ll see that he nailed it.

Pick up the Trail Seeker from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/trail-seeker

Storm Vector

Just like Grandpa always had his trusty pocketknife handy, the same can be said for the Vikings and their Seax. With a blade that is over a foot long and a ¼ inch thick, the Storm Vector is capable of handling anything from small tasks around camp, to clearing brush on the back 40. This “broken back” style Seax is sure to make light work of whatever you bring it up against.

Although not very practical for EDC nowadays, during the Viking Age you never would have left home without it.

Pick up the Storm Vector from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/storm-vector

New Knives and Gear from TOPS Knives

TOPS Knives has been busy cranking out new knives and gear in spite of everything 2020 has thrown at us. You’ll find details below for new knives from the Dicer line of kitchen knives, a new way to cause Dennis the Menace style trouble, and new merch.

Dicer Knives

The Dicer line of kitchen knives is now complete with the introduction of several new knives. You can learn more from the image below.

Mini Sling

Somethings are cool just for the sake of being cool. The TOPS Mini Sling is one of those things. It’s small enough to EDC and big enough to get into trouble.

Swag

TOPS has also rolled out several new hats, tees, stickers, a mug, and other merch that is worth checking out.

New Knives at TOPSKnives.com

New Gear at TOPSKnives.com

2 New Tools from TOPS Knives: Mini Tanimboca Puukko and Ucon Hawk

TOPS Knives just released two new cutting tools at two different ends of the size spectrum. Both are additions to two lines for which TOPS is becoming very well known. The Mini Tanimboca Puuko fits well into the bushcraft lineup and the Ucon Hawk is a great addition to their line of hatchets.

Mini Tanimboca Puukko

TOPS Tanimboca Puukko has been a big success since it was made available in 2017. So, it was only fitting that when Goran approached TOPS about making a mini version, we were interested. The Mini Tanimboca Puukko is a great tool for making bushcraft items (utensils, kuksa, baskets, blow guns, etc. are all things that Goran had in mind with this), whittling around the fire, and even accomplishing some EDC uses.

This knife is smaller than most and has no guard (so use caution). The knife can be held close to the cutting edge and in multiple grips. If you like making things with your hands especially in the woods, this knife is going to be a must-have. It has the classic Puukko look, but in a much, much smaller package. The spine is ground to 90 degrees for scraping tasks. Well-rounded Black Canvas Micarta handles make the handle comfortable despite its size. The brown leather sheath is set up for a tip-down neck carry, but also has a loop that will fit most belts.

The Mini Tanimboca Puukko was designed by Goran Mihajlovic, who also designed the original one made by TOPS. Goran is originally from Serbia but grew up in Germany. He has lived in Colombia now for many years. He owns a nature reserve called Tanimboca that houses hundreds if not thousands of species of plant, animal, and insect. Throughout his entire life, he has been a knife user and enthusiast. In recent years he has begun making knives at his forge in the Amazon jungle. He prefers Puukkos for their ability to perform well at large variety of cutting tasks.

Overall Length4.00″
Blade Length1.63″
Cutting Edge1.63″
Blade Thickness0.090″
Blade Steel1095 RC 56-58
Blade FinishTumble Finish
Handle MaterialBlack Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight1.4oz
Weight w/ Sheath2.6oz
Sheath IncludedYes
Sheath MaterialBrown Leather
Sheath ClipNeck – none
DesignerGoran Mihajlovic

Mini Tanimboca Puuko at TOPSKnives.com

Ucon Hawk

Hatchets have proven their usefulness over the years, time and time again. They are great for splitting smaller pieces of wood, chopping branches, limbs, and even small trees when necessary. They’re helpful when you need to clear a country road of debris and you forgot your chainsaw again. Some people even prefer them to large chopping knives. That’s why the Ucon Hawk was made.

This tool is similar in dimension to the Hammer Hawk, but it is a little lighter and made with 1095 instead of 1075. TOPS famous differential heat treat gives a tool that will be strong and hold its edge very well. The handles are made from a new material that mixes layers of G10 and rubber to provide maximum grip. The portion of the tang between the handle and the bit is rounded allowing the user to choke up for detailed cuts. So this can do all of the jobs of a hatchet and some of the jobs of a knife. It comes with a 2-piece leather sheath so that it can be carried multiple ways with safety in mind. It’s sure to become the go-to hatchet in your collection.

Overall Length15.00″
Blade Length4.87″
Cutting Edge4.87″
Blade Thickness0.250″
Blade Steel1095 RC 56-58
Blade FinishTumble Finish
Handle MaterialOrange/Black SureTouch G10
Knife Weight31.1oz
Weight w/ Sheath35.6oz
Sheath IncludedYes
Sheath MaterialBlack Leather
Sheath ClipBelt Loop
DesignerLeo Espinoza

Ucon Hawk at TOPSKnives.com

Still to Come in 2020 from TOPS Knives

TOPS Knives has plenty of new knives to look forward to this year. They have a little bit of everything in the works from concealable defensive options to the full-size field knives. Check out the video below for a sneak peek of what is yet to come in 2020.

2 New Knives from TOPS Knives – CUMA Kage and Tidal Force

TOPS Knives just released two new knives, the CUMA Kage and Tidal Force. Both are definitely big and bold.

CUMA Kage

The KAGE (Pronounced KU-MA KA-GAY), means “Shadow” in Japanese. The name is drawn from one of the designer’s lifelong passions, GI JOE: the Arashikage (Storm Shadow) Clan.

SIJO Waysun Johnny Tsai is a lifelong martial artist and world-renowned self-defense instructor. Riding off the success of his wildly popular TOPS Knives release, the C.U.M.A. TAK-RI, and its connection to the GI JOE Ninja Commando Snake Eyes, Sijo wanted to create something that he has sought after since his childhood, a functional Snake Eyes Sword.

Wanting to show influence, but not wanting to make an identical sword to the comics, Sijo drew the sword to his favorite Escrima stick length, 24″. Through years of training Sijo has found that 24″ is a perfect length for close range combat with an edged weapon or stick.

He then changed the tip and added a striking Punyo tip to the handle. Sijo didn’t just want a short tactical sword, he wanted to create a bush sword that could replace an axe, one that could fell a tree as well as remove an enemy’s limb in combat. Once satisfied with his initial hand drawings, he sent the sketches to his good friend Roland III of FOX KNIVES USA fame to transfer the hand sketch to a digital format.

Once the artwork was complete, Sijo landed back with his family at TOPS KNIVES. Over the next two years, Sijo and TOPS created a prototype and at the suggestion of Leo Espinoza and Craig Powell, TOPS added some fullers and holes to the handle to lighten the weight of the sword, Outside of the new fullers and holes in the handle, the sword’s CAD file was created from the original hand and digital drawings provided by Waysun Johnny Tsai and Roland Hinojosa III.

During the prototype stage, IDW comic book / GI Joe artist Robert Atkins agreed to upgrade the official Snake Eye’s sword in the comic book with The C.U.M.A. KAGE. That story arc written by GI JOE legend Larry Hama, is GI JOE: SNAKE HUNT and runs in GI JOE: A Real American Hero issues numbered 266-276.

The C.U.M.A. KAGE is finally here and Sijo could not be prouder of the final product that TOPS KNIVES has delivered.

https://www.topsknives.com/knives/cuma-kage

Tidal Force

Let’s face it. Cleavers are awesome. So are Karambits. Put them together the right way, and you end up with an interesting tool. The Tidal Force is that tool. Use it for daily tasks. Use it for food prep. Use it for self-defense. Whatever you decide to use it for, you’ll look good doing it. It has TOPS famous differential heat treated 1095, Some classy burlap Micarta handles and a solid Kydex sheath with a leather dangler.

https://www.topsknives.com/knives/tidal-force

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