The TOPS C.U.B Knife is HERE!
Leather Sheath option now available ONLY $29.00!
...REUBEN’S... GO ANYWHERE VERSATILITY...
C.U.B. (Compact Utility Blade) was designed to be a compact, lightweight sidekick to a machete/bolo/parang in the jungle or a tomahawk/axe in North America, capable of performing all the important utility duties of camp craft and food preparation, while leaving the heavy work for the chopping tools. With an emphasis on compact, keeping the total blade length under 4” makes it legal to enter most countries internationally without attracting too much attention. I designed the C.U.B. with two of my favorite styles of knives in mind, a Finish Puukko (with a Scandinavian grind) and Kephart style knife. Put them in a blender and you have the TOPS C.U.B.-rugged simplicity!
-Natural tan micarta scales with divot for bow drill
-A TOPS modified Scandinavian grind for exceptional wood carving ability
-Thin 1/8” stock for optimal slicing and weight reduction
-Chicago screws for easy field removal (for cord wrapping or pounding on the butt without damaging the scales) with a flat head screwdriver or small washer
-Wide blade gives more surface area to pound on, allowing the blade to sink in deeper while cross-grain battoning into green wood
-Thumb notch cut into the scales for a secure, comfortable chest lever grip. Sheath is the simple Nylon
This particular knife was designed by and used by Reuben Bolieu. For more than a decade, we have watched Reuben as he has criss-crossed the world, going to wild and wonderful places. We are very proud to see a good friend starting to get the recognition he certainly deserves, his stories and photos are super.....Keep On Travelin'....Reuben!
Reuben Bolieu Bio: Writer, photographer, adventurer, martial arts trainer (Muay Thai), and instructor for Randall’s Adventure & Training Survival School, Reuben has spent 30 years hiking and backpacking through the wildernesses of California, Nevada, and Arizona: often with an air of extreme discipline towards his super Ultra light gear. He has traveled abroad in extreme environments, from the cold climate of Alaska and New Zealand to the desert heat of Egypt. He continues studying primitive techniques in survival and the construction and uses of knives and edged tools from places such as the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and numerous countries in Asia. Reuben has published many articles on knife use, Bushcraft, shelters, and remains a lifetime student of survival.
...STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS...
Caleb Musgrave is a wilderness skills instructor of the Mississauga Ojibway Nation in Ontario Canada. Caleb has traveled across much of Canada and the eastern United States and has received training from some of Canada’s best survival instructors, including countless Native elders. Caleb has spent three-quarters of his life enveloped in bushcraft. Caleb currently lives in his home community, the Mississaugas of Rice Lake, where he has run the wilderness school Canadian Bushcraft since 2008. His straight-shooting style of education, mixed with his wry sense of humor has made him a fan favorite amongst his students and colleagues.
The Dragonfly 4.5 Knife:
In Canada, carrying a combination of axe, saw, and knife is far more common than carrying just one large blade. This frees the knife to be much smaller and far more nimble since the large chopping and processing jobs are left to the other tools. A bushcraft knife must be light enough for fine detailed carving tasks (making netting needles, friction fire kits, and the like), while being functional enough to be able to skin and process both small and large game animals, from mouse to moose so to speak. However that nimbleness must be matched against unfailing strength. Fall through the ice of a frozen lake with no one around? The knife must be strong enough to be an anchor for you while you save yourself.
With all of these requirements, it's great to know that the Dragonfly 4.5 Knife fits the bill! Caleb spent the last seven years slowly breaking (literally) down every knife he owned and deciding what he did and did not like. The Dragonfly 4.5 Knife is an amalgamation of everything that has passed Mr. Musgrave's scrutiny. Though the blade may bear some resemblance to other bushcraft knives (he wasn't trying to reinvent the wheel) it is the numerous, subtle, tactile differences that in concert set this blade apart.
With a 4 1/2” long 1/8” thick bead-blasted blade, the knife is definitely not too long, nor weak. In fact, with an overall length of 9 3/4”, this knife is sleek and sturdy. With no epoxy coating on the blade, the 1095 high carbon steel is fully exposed to allow the woods wanderer the ability to strike a spark effortlessly- whether with a ferro-rod, or a shard of flint. With its contoured handle made of black canvas micarta and white liners, the Dragonfly 4.5 matches comfort and utility with beauty and art. The handle is very slim (3/4” at the palm swell), but fits perfectly in a big meaty hand or in the mitt of a youth first learning woodskills. These little points of detail, borne of experience and calloused hands, qualify the Dragonfly 4.5 as the long-awaited Official Canadian Bushcraft Knife. Carried in its rugged TOPS’-quality Ballistic Nylon sheath, the Dragonfly 4.5 Knife is a great bushcraft companion and will be by your side even after years of use and abuse, that is, until it is passed down as an heirloom to the next generation of buscrafters.
Check out a review in: Arizona Bushman
HKT ( Hunter Killer Tracker )
C Despins and TOPS Knives are proud to introduce the Official Knife of Mobius Training Solutions.
In early 2011, during an unseasonably cold week in Lamesa Texas, a group of men gathered for a week long course in the method of Combat/Tactical Man Tracking led by Clent Schoonover, Director of the MTS Advanced Tactics Division.
Clent Schoonover is a former CIA Officer/GRS Agent and DHS FLETC Lead Instructor. However, during the course of training, Despins learned that Clent was highly proficient at the craft of hand-to-hand combat and is an edged weapons enthusiast.
Long sessions of training each day flowed into intense discussions each evening and the discussions turned form talk of theory into hard contact hand-to-hand combat sessions. Despins was impressed and gifted Schoonover with one of his Back Bite knives. Clent became so fond of the Back Bite, that he became a great promoter of it to the Law Enforcement and Military persons that he trains.
Despins drafted an article in regards to his experience in Combat Tactical Man Tracking with Mobius Training Solutions that would later be published in the July 2012 Issue of SWAT Magazine.
Also his experience with Clent’s distinctly Southeast Asian style, edged weapons method, inspired Despins to explore designing a knife that would both facilitate the method, and be suitable for the purpose of field craft. When Despins introduced Schoonover to the design, he was instantly sold. Clent offered to make it the official knife of Mobius Training Solutions and to lend his company logo to it.
HKT is an acronym for Hunter Killer Tracker. The acronym is borrowed, with all due respect, from the Military acronym for Hunter Killer Teams. Mobius Training Solutions has trained Military and Law Enforcement personnel in tactical application of many kinds, from basic to advanced handgun and carbine and more, but the real specialty of Mobius Training Solutions is training Hunter Killer Trackers.
The HKT design incorporates a broad cutting surface and an offset grip angle in order to better facilitate the forward thrust style of attack, in addition to slashing. The wide bodied blade of the HKT is complimented by the signature concave strike face of the Back Bite fighting knife to facilitate supreme combative application.
The HKT is as recognizable as the design craft of C Despins as are the hackles on a Rhodesian Ridgeback!
Get yours TODAY!
HKT by TOPS Knives USA
|PIT STOP 3
New TOPS "PIT STOP 3"
PIT STOP 3
In the motorsports world a “pit stop” is where a racing vehicles stop in the pits during a race for refueling, repairs adjustment and nowadays it is considered a break, some quiet time or just getting out in the wilds for the weekend.
Tops’ pit stop 3’ was designed as a multi use little tool. A trusty blade, married to a comfortable handle with a cleverly designed built in bottle opener. Your “pit stop” maybe a weekend of hunting, fishing, backpacking, or just getting out.
It is easily carried as a neck knife or clips on to your belt or pack. Whether you use it as a bird and trout knife, or for small game this is quite a handy little extra and makes a perfect gift for just about any guy or gal.
The “pit stop 3” is a sturdy little companion, with lots of backbone!
|MINI SCANDI KNIFE 2.5
*The Perfect Companion*
MINI SCANDI KNIFE
Originally designed from the Finnish sami knife, used by the Laplanders for all their hunting and bushcraeft tasks. These knives have traditionally been flat ground, single or double sided, with a "zero-ground" edge--ground to the edge.
It occurred to TOPS that a good idea is still a good idea in a smaller package. The "Mini Scandi" was a result of the very popular, original Brothers of Bushcraft (BROS-01) knife.
All of the cutting ability of a larger Scandi that can also fit in your pocket or pack.
"A PERFECT PARTNER AT HOME OR IN THE FIELD"
|WOLFHAWK BELT SHEATH
NEW Sheath Option for the Popular WOLFHAWK Models.
FITS ALL STYLES, Hunter, Tanto, Micarta, or Cord-wrapped handles.
|OFF DUTY TACTICAL "T"
"OFF DUTY BUT STILL HARD TO THE CORE"
OFF DUTY TACTICAL "T"
Many of the “real operators” out there in the mix enjoy showing off a bit of their participation or admiration for specialized tradecraft. Either when they are ‘off duty’ or at a friendly gathering, or during their workouts. This new style t-shirt gives the wearer a good sense of pride for whatever he does.
This hi speed, low drag t- shirt, will add to your conversation and give you a sense of pride in your knives and that they are “hard to the core” and made in the Rocky Mountains USA.
Operators and friends we salute you!
***TIME TO TURN UP THE HEAT***
"With honor and respect for the men and women of the US Border Patrol"
History: since its inception in 1924, the Border Patrol has been protecting our country and interdicting illegal aliens, potential terrorists, as well as drugs.
In 1984 they formed BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) to respond to escalating threats as a result of the scope of situations they deal with.
Their training includes tactical tracking, various types of rappelling CQB and other mission specific skills. Whether serving a high risk warrant here or abroad, executing counter narcotic ops or involved with counter-terrorism... this is the heart and soul of the Border Patrol’s special operations group.
This knife / tool was designed with substantial input from several "in the field" border patrol agents, at different stations along our borders.
A strong, “hard-to-the-core,” combination of real field operator’s input, functional design, and a hands-on manufacturing system.
...SPECIAL OPS...TRUST TOPS...’CAUSE THEY’RE HARD TO THE CORE...
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