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I have a few of their knives but this one, the TEX CREEK, is an easy one to make it your favorite edc all purpose knife.

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It comes in a leather sheath but I think they also offer a kydex one.

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Another knife I like is the Devil's Elbow, they come in 2 sizes and are pretty handy.

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Perfect for the duty belt or edc in general. Now I'm patiently waiting on the Devil's Anus knife
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I like their Bird and Trout Knife—very handy all around knife.

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I got a Tops 'Alaskan Harpoon' for my birthday earlier this year. It's a rather large knife...came in a kydex sheath with a cool survival whistle.
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Have several, couldnt be happier with a production knife although they dont have every design I want I also have their Crash Axe, cut your way through a car tomahawk and I give that huge Kudo's as a daily carry but its no wood chopper although its a good slitter if you've taken a bow saw to camp.

With list includes 5-10 more of them Im sure although I could spread that round some brands too.
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All very nice and I hear they are great quality knives. I do have the Tops/Buck CSAR folder in my collection which is certainly a rugged made knife with the belt cutter and glass breaker. Made with 154CM steel which holds an edge very well.
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Love this one too. It's got to be a must have for all Safari goers


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TOPS Devil's Elbow XL and MIL SPIE folding knife

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Yes They look and feel very different once you handle them.

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This is a pretty tenuous connection to the thread, but I just bought a knife designed by Brian Griffin, who also designed the TOPS Tibo neck knife.

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The knife is the Schrade SCHF55, intended as a camp knife/beater/all-purpose utility tool, a thick, sturdy blade that will take a lot of abuse and still slice pretty well. I found the designer’s extensive writings about the knife to be pretty interesting, got caught up in the back story, and, as it was not expensive, pulled the trigger the other day.

It feels good in hand, and ought to serve well, something to throw in a motorcycle tank bag, or use to pop open a frozen car door.

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After cutting my finger with this new knife and putting a band aid on, I proceeded to cut this onion. The FMS (Frog Market Special) looks good, feels good and cuts with ease. Definitely my favorite kitchen knife now.

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I'm a Tops fans as well especially the Tex Creek. The Tex Creek is a little big for my EDC taste so I emailed Tops and asked what they would recommend. One of their suggestions was the Blue Otter. If it had the same finish as the Tex Creek I would probably already own it. How do you like it?
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I'm a Tops fans as well especially the Tex Creek. The Tex Creek is a little big for my EDC taste so I emailed Tops and asked what they would recommend. One of their suggestions was the Blue Otter. If it had the same finish as the Tex Creek I would probably already own it. How do you like it?
I love both. But the Tex Creek comes with a leather sheath and it's nice for outdoor stuff but it has no retention and I don't carry it to town. In fact it's in the door pocket of our truck.

The Blue Otter is great, nice size and looks good. The kydex sheath has a belt clip and has a ~45 degree cant. Works nice but limits the position you can carry since you can't adjust it. Some knife sheaths come with an adjustable belt clip (you can rotate it 360 degree) and this gives you way more options. Also, some people don't like the Blue Otter engraving... I think it's cute.

Neither of them is a true fighting knife but rather a great all-purpose edc blade that can of course be used in a SD scenario.

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Another good sized option for edc

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I’m unfamiliar with these but they look like solid knives.
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Snagged this one at an Annual NRA meeting a couple years ago - never heard of them before.
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They are. I used to carry KA-BAR and Kershaw but recently switched to TOPS for edc. Nothing wrong with the other two brands but TOPS is just more solid, higher quality and completely made in the U.S.

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Back Bite, one sick blade.

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TOPS are above my retired-on-Social-Security pay grade. But I wish they made fewer knives with coated blades. I simply believe a coated blade cuts some things, like flesh, a little less efficiently, Ka-Bar's USMC knife notwithstanding. Their coatings don't look very slick.

I await the flames.

I like the fact that TOPS uses 1095 steel a lot. Properly treated, it's my favorite blade material.
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TOPS are above my retired-on-Social-Security pay grade. But I wish they made fewer knives with coated blades. I simply believe a coated blade cuts some things, like flesh, a little less efficiently, Ka-Bar's USMC knife notwithstanding. Their coatings don't look very slick.

I await the flames.

I like the fact that TOPS uses 1095 steel a lot. Properly treated, it's my favorite blade material.
You are not alone in thinking that many blade coatings impair cutting performance. I read a lot of knife reviews where the first step in prepping a knife is to reach for a can of this:
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I have a Topps Outpost Command in a rare tiger stripe finish. Think I even got it here from a member. It's pretty much my zombie, end of days chopper and should excel in that role. I'm also a huge ESEE fan... my granpy always said, "A gentleman should ALWAYS carry a pocket knife..." and gave me a few. Or as Gen. "Maddog" Mattis said, "Always carry a knife with you. Just in case there's cheese cake, or you need to stab someone in the throat.."
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True, they are not cheap. But you can find some good deals here and there. Or you can buy from me

They have some w/o the coating and they range from kitchen- to utility- to fighting knife. They call it Black River Wash and it looks and feels great. Look at the Tex Creek and the Frog Market Special above, both have the BRW finish.
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Another picture of the FMS (Frog Market Special). It' cuts with ease and is by far my favorite kitchen/cutting knife.

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This one is called the Hoffman Harpoon, it's a cute neck knife if you are into that. I'm not and I'll probably will change the sheath as to where it can be worn inside a boot or something. Not sure. But I do like the knife

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I love both. But the Tex Creek comes with a leather sheath and it's nice for outdoor stuff but it has no retention and I don't carry it to town. In fact it's in the door pocket of our truck.

The Blue Otter is great, nice size and looks good. The kydex sheath has a belt clip and has a ~45 degree cant. Works nice but limits the position you can carry since you can't adjust it. Some knife sheaths come with an adjustable belt clip (you can rotate it 360 degree) and this gives you way more options. Also, some people don't like the Blue Otter engraving... I think it's cute.

Neither of them is a true fighting knife but rather a great all-purpose edc blade that can of course be used in a SD scenario.

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Those are very nice knives.
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Those are very nice knives.
Thanks and I couldn't agree more. The TEX CREEK is easily a can-do-it-all edc knife. Just ordered a kydex sheath for it with better retention and optional iwb carry.

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TOPS Quickie. It don't look serious but it actually fits pretty nice in your hand. It's one of their newer models...

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My newest TOPS acquisitions....

Longhorn Bowie

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Mini Scandi Folder 2.0

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I love their products, they just introduced more models at SHOT. Can't wait to give them my money...
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More TOPS beauties....

From left to right: Tundra Trekker, BEST, Longhorn Bowie, Operator 7 Blackout Edition

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A-Klub

Designed by a woman. Very nice blade.

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Camp Creek

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I am of two minds about TOPS. Some of their designs are pretty nice, while others are ridiculous. (I won’t say which for fear of zinging somebody’s favorites.) I think of them as being in a class with ESEE knives and Ethan Becker’s designs made by Ka-Bar. This is an arena I haven’t played in much. I have two Beckers, none of the others,

One feature that unites a lot of these designs is the crinkly finish on the 1095 blades that Snubby referred to. One of the Beckers, the BK14 Eskabar (because it is a cross between the ESEE Izula and the BK11) has this crinkly finish. Rather than dealing with the mess of applying a stripper, I just scraped down the crinkles with my folding Razel, leaving a fairly smooth black finish, not as appealing as bare 1095, but better that I started out with.
BTW, I really like Ethan Becker’s knives and will probably get a couple more. I have not yet been tempted to open my wallet for TOPS or ESEE.
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My edc, Rockies Editions Mini Scandi neck knife.
3 inch blade, aol 6.13.
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My edc, Rockies Editions Mini Scandi neck knife.
3 inch blade, aol 6.13.
Have one and love it. But I don't wear it around my neck, I hate stuff around my neck so I had someone make me a custom sheath.

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Another thing that I like about TOPS is that they are all down to earth. You can connect with the CEO and GM on facebook and Instagram and actually talk to them. Very nice touch. Even earned a 20th Anniversary coin... can't buy them. Love it. Very grateful!

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