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Anybody here into TOPS knives?

rowjimmy

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Looking at many of the Tops knife styles, the one I chose to own was the brothers of bushcraft fieldcraft. It has a scandanavian grind which is very sharp and easy to maintain an edge.

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I too, bought this knife. I have not used it to any significant degree but am impressed with it in terms of feel and finish.
 

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They break easy, surprisingly. I have a BOB in 154CM - looks and feels nice and is thick and heavy. Watched a guy destroy one online doing dumb shit, but a knife designed for chopping and batoning should've taken most of that and it snapped - too brittle.
 

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They break easy, surprisingly. I have a BOB in 154CM - looks and feels nice and is thick and heavy. Watched a guy destroy one online doing dumb shit, but a knife designed for chopping and batoning should've taken most of that and it snapped - too brittle.
You broke yours,or you watched someone else break theirs?
Tops does a good job on their QC,from what I've seen.
 

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I don’t think Tops are anything special.
overpriced maybe. They seem to use 1095 steel on their knives. Same as Kbar or or other knives that cost a lot less. For $200+ I’d expect better steel. Like SV30, D2, even 440c.
 

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I don’t think Tops are anything special.
overpriced maybe. They seem to use 1095 steel on their knives. Same as Kbar or or other knives that cost a lot less. For $200+ I’d expect better steel. Like SV30, D2, even 440c.
1095 is actually less tough than lower carbon steels like 1075, though maintains a better edge. I'd think toughness would be priority for bushcraft focused knives. They use 154CM as stainless, but NOT the CPM variant made of powdered metal that gives better performance.
 

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I have lots of TOPS knives including the Steel Eagle. Have never got around to using it but it does feel good in hand. A very heavy duty knife. I would certainly recommend it as a survival type knife. The design has been around for a very long time and I've only heard good things about it. So I'd choose that.

I just took a look at the SXB. If that's not the ugliest knife I've ever seen .... That's just my opinion, though.
 

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TOPS "Dawn Warrior" here. Picked it up as a *go-to* so's I didn't hafta take a chance on losing my WWII era KaBar "boy scout" type camp knife. Got it back in the day from that NY dealer guy at a gun show, before the prices doubled
Not particularly fond of the plastic shearh and belt clip arrangement; tho, I should do one up in leather.
The flat grind is pretty steep..3/16" to 0 in about 3/4" but, put an edge onnit and hello dolly!
Not likin' the almost flat, pebble grain "coating"; but it keeps the rust off the carbon steel
Grip shape and scales are a perfect fit for me mitts.

Pro/con about even and I know unless I lose it somehow, it'll follow the KaBar into legacy collection.
Would I buy again? Prolly not, given the prices for a cut and grind blade; but as a utility tool....it'just dandy.
 
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