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Designed by Andy Tran



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*This model ships with Tan Canvas handles. Images of grey scales are from the Prototype or B&W product shots*

The Tahoma Field Knife is designed to provide anything the outdoor professional would need in a knife.

“My load out for my camera is sometimes 45 lbs, and that’s not including any food or equipment for my-self to keep me alive. Designing a knife that would keep my weight down to a minimum and comfortable for all day use was really the goal.” said Andy.

His background in tinkering, and fundamental knowledge of physics, and human movement was the foundation and basis of development for the Tahoma Field Knife.

The tip has a double edge, used as a backup blade in the event the main edge should become dull during an extended period of time without a means to sharpen. The notch on the spine of the blade is used for scoring materials to create a weak point to break, as well as break wire by work hardening it, and pulling pots and similar items out of a fire. The thumb ramp has a hole in it for a forward wrist lanyard popular in cutting contests as well as aid in lashing the knife to the end of a stick to make a spear. The finger choil makes bringing the hand closer to the blade possible for fine carving tasks. The choil also creates a secondary “tip” for carving or notching etc. The overall shape of the handle is made for ergonomics, and to give the user a better grasp like on a machete. Dual spindle sockets for a bow drill make it safe to use left or right hand operation. On the pommel of the knife is a pry bar, shaped and positioned so that if given a “backseat” grip on the knife during chopping, it would not cut, or wear into your hand. Every feature is integrated into the knife to work with each other, as well as be instinctual to the user so that it feels like an extension of the body.

Whether you’re in the field collecting specimens, or in the field defending freedom, the Tahoma Field Knife is a reliable companion in an uncertain world.

For a short bio on Andy Tran click HERE

For a great article on the Tahoma Field knife click HERE

Where does the name black river wash come from?: According to wiki...
The Black River is a 125 mile long (201 km) ‘Black-water River’ that empties into the Eastern end of Lake Ontario. The river’s source is various locations in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The origin of the name is not clear, but it may stem from the natural Tannic Acid that darkens the water in various places.

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Some of you asked us if we were going to sell the wallet that came with the Trekker Pack, so this is our way of saying YES. Buy yours today before they are gone.

The wallet is made of a high density vinyl. It measures 5 inches by 9 inches, and has our Logo on the front. For more information or if you have questions you can e-mail us at

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...He's A "Rolling Stone" And Its Bred In The Bone... ...The Men That Don't Fit In... Green handle is a Discontinued version...VERY LIMITED STOCK


Dakota Drifter Green Scales

101% made in the USA and hand-finished by TOPS Custom Shop.

Each blade is individually hand ground by a TOPS craftsman here in the USA.

Blue scale version here

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HOG 4.5 HOG 4.5

Hunter Of Gunmen
Designed by: GySgt Dave (Norseman) Williams


HOG 4.5

The History of the TOPS HOG 4.5 HOG is a name earned by a certified US Marine Scout Sniper. HOG means Hunter Of Gunmen, because we hunt men with guns. We HOGs are a force multiplier for any commander that chooses to employ us. The design for this blade started somewhere in my history that I cannot fully trace. It began in the early years of my career as a young Marine Infantryman. After spending days or weeks at a time in a field environment it seemed that my hands would always ache. I eventually traced this pain back to the blades that I was carrying and using. The Tacti-cool handles on those blades all had rough edges and sharp corners. Sure they were mean to look at and gripped like a gator but they didn’t have the comfort that I needed for sustained field use. After this realization I set out to design the best knife handle that I could in my limited experience. Little did I know at the time, this would take the better part of my career to complete.

I started with a piece of wooden closet rod and carved in the features that I most liked in many of the knives that I have used. I kept this in my pack for a long time and modified it with a piece of sandpaper as I discovered new ways to use a knife. Whenever one of my field knives earned me a hot spot I grabbed that little handle mock up and made a subtle change so that it did not irritate that hot spot. This went on for many years and many times this piece was over worked and restarted new. Eventually I had the handle shape that worked wonderful in my hand. So I looked to buy a knife that had a handle close to the one that I had designed. I found one and set out on the next phase of simply using the blade as much as possible while making subtle changes to the handle. This also led to my developing a greater understanding of how to use a knife to accomplish field tasks while also conserving energy. With the handle done I realized that there was another problem brewing. The blade designs were just not up to the task that I needed them for.

Some of the better shapes were too thick and some too flimsy. Some had bad edge geometry that would just not hold the keen edge needed for a good field knife. This continued through out many years and on to my instructor position at the 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School. I was fortunate in that I was the primary instructor for survival, fieldcraft and combat tracking. This gave me the opportunity to sample many, many knives that my students had in their kit. Believe me, Snipers love knives like coyotes love meat. In doing this I developed an attraction to wide blades with keen edge geometry. The problem was that there were not any available that I could find that would meet both my blade and handle requirement. Not that I was the expert but I knew what I needed and that was good enough for me. So now, I was armed with this Ideal field knife that does not exist. So I set out to make this knife exist.

I made a wooden knife from start to finish and carried that in my pack everywhere so every time that I had an issue with whatever knife I was carrying, I could sand my wooden blank to remedy it. Some Marines thought that I was crazy being a Marine Sniper in the field with a wooden knife in my pack. I just claimed that I was doing research and development, that usually quieted the cries of wanna-be and mall ninja. Never the less I continued to refine the design. Occasionally I would over work the handle and have to start again with a fresh model. Fast forward a few deployments and I landed a job at the Mountain Warfare Training Center as the SNCOIC of Mountain Survival and Mountain Scout Sniper Courses. Of course that meant lots of field time. In order to be a qualified red hat you have to complete winter and summer mountain leader courses and that means practically living on the mountain. I continued to refine the design until I could think of no more refinements. Then, one time on the mountain while skinning a rabbit I set my knife in the snow and the knife disappeared. Already half starved there was no way that I was going to dig down and retrieve it so I went back to the drawing board with my knife design. I wanted a way to retain my blade and not have to have six feet of dummy cord attached to it. That is when the hole was born.

I made the hole big enough to handle a standard issue carabineer so that it could be clipped to my gear rather than set on the ground when working. It is a bad ideal to put a bloody blade back in the case while skinning game, if you do, you will only do it once after you learn that lesson. This worked well and eventually I discovered many uses for that hole. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.

When I thought that I had the design about as good as I could make it I sent it, and a larger version of it, to my good friend and mentor Ron Hood. I had asked for his opinion on the overall design, and I asked him if he could find any obvious flaws in the design that I may have overlooked. Ron never got back to me as he was busy with his new magazine and all the other projects that he had going on. So I let the issue rest. At first I figured that Ron must not have liked it, but then I realized that if he didn’t then he would say so. I have never known Ron Hood to sugar coat anything, perhaps that’s why we got along so well, it is comforting to know people that can handle the truth. Well much to my surprise I soon received a package in the mail. The package was from Ron and it contained two complete knives of my design, rendered exactly as I had designed them. I immediately called Ron to thank him and scold him for such a wonderful gift. He told me that since I designed theses knives over many years for how I use a knife then his opinion was irrelevant. So he had them made by Luke Swenson so I could take them to the International SERE Instructors course winter portion in Elverum Norway. So I did just that. For three weeks in that portion of the course I traveled all over the Norwegian country side, on skiis and homemade snowshoes. The knives provided me with shelter, fire, water, food, and the ability to craft practically anything that I needed to survive. Most importantly, they did not create hot spots or blisters on my overworked hands. My instructors and fellow students admired the blade and my ability to use it effectively for survival tasks. Back home on the mountain it served me well for the remainder of my tour. It is still to this day my favorite blade and you will rarely ever find me without some version of it on my belt.

The beautiful lines of this knife were an unintended quality that verifies the saying “form follows function.” Another important feature that I build into the knife is that the tip of the blade is lined directly in the center of the handle. This is important because it provides the user with tip awareness similar to an ice pick. For some reason the brain seems to be able to calculate exactly where that tip is even when working blind inside of an animal carcass. This tip awareness is valuable in any combatants’ kit because you never know when you may have to transition between opening an MRE and ventilating insurgents. The carabineer hole in the back was never intended to be a gimmick and I don’t believe that it is. It was born out of necessity and has proved many times over that it is well worth the small patch of real estate that it occupies in the handle. I discovered many uses for that little hole over the years. It makes a great lever for almost any task requiring a little more leverage, like braking up kindling and fire straightening expedient arrow shafts when they are hot. I have broken the bones of small game to expose the marrow for soups. I have used it to strip small branches clear of twigs and even as a gauge to make a split piece of wood round enough to use for a bow drill. A carabineer clipped in the hole makes a stout handle extension to aid in the blades chopping power when used in conjunction with a rear pinch grip. I have used it as a pot lifter and even to pull stuck tent stakes from the frozen ground. The truth is that the hole is limitless in its possibilities and the more you carry and use this blade the more uses that you will find for it. It is, much like the Marine Scout Sniper, a force multiplier and you will be glad to have it by your side when it matters.

Walk with Honor. GySgt Dave (Norseman) Williams

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Tex Creek Hunter XL

“when its time to go and get some!”

Tex creek XL (2" more of blade)a tribute to the men and women who hunt and fish in the Tex creek area in Southeast, Idaho.

The wildlife management area which includes 2 national forests, is home to an abundance of diverse wildlife and is accessible starting about 10 miles from the TOPS shop facility. Open range, high rugged mountains, waterways and large forests provide the hunter and fisherman a variety of diverse terrain to acquire: elk, bear, mountain lion, wolf, moose, pheasant, turkey, quail, rabbit, duck, goose, steelhead and salmon.

The fact that this Tex creek area is so close to us, enables our designers and makers the ability to field test in their own backyard. Since many of our staff grew up in this setting, they have ample opportunity to evaluate the use of our knives/tools under the most adverse conditions.
The Tex Creek Hunter XL is a fine example of a high quality, good looking “working knife.”

The designer, Leo Espinoza, created a new look on this specific blade. At tops, we call it “Black River Wash’. The uncoated finish clearly shows the heat treat line along the blade edge. The darkened-steel pattern is unique on every blade. This creates that “broken in, rustic look” and feels just like an old pair of comfortable boots. The darkened Micarta scales are screwed onto the handle and a large cord holder is accentuated at the back of the handle. The handles are designed and built for a positive grip and for extended periods of use. A simple and useable design is reinforced by a sturdy 3/16” thick blade and full tang handle.

"This is a knife that performs with excellence in the field and looks and feels like an old trusted friend, anywhere that you go."

Where does the name black river wash come from?: According to wiki...
The Black River is a 125 mile long (201 km) ‘Black-water River’ that empties into the Eastern end of Lake Ontario. The river’s source is various locations in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The origin of the name is not clear, but it may stem from the natural Tannic Acid that darkens the water in various places.

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BAJA 3.0 BAJA 3.0

Muy Calliente!


BAJA 3.0

The area known as Baja, California or just “Baja”... is acknowledged as a place of extreme contrasts. From the high point of Devil’s Peak at 10,157 feet, to the low Sonoran Desert, to the beautiful beaches-alpine to arid. Baja has become known worldwide for some of the most rugged “bad ass” testing and competition for “off road” vehicles and “off grid” trekkers or survivalists. This peninsula abounds with diverse wildlife and vegetation, including mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, rattlesnakes and date palms, cacti and ponderosa pine.

The “Baja 3.0 knife” is a compilation of simple design and fine execution. The lines are simple yet effective. The 3.0 inch blade can adequately handle a wide variety of tasks, such as fashioning wooden implements, building fire and shelter, or taking an animal apart. The 1/8” thick, 1095 high carbon steel bites deep and can take a long slice. The simple handle design with its grooved green canvas Micarta scales, enables the user excellent traction in most circumstances.

TOPS has taken the time to develop a high quality steer hide sheath, which can be worn horizontally or vertically on your belt or easily tied to your pack. This is a knife/tool which has seen hands-on practical applications in a wide variety of circumstances and conditions and has proven itself to be a worthwhile, trusted, and reliable companion...and of courseit is made in the USA!


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Ships with an Amish-crafted, brown leather sheath.
101% American Made!



TOPS Knives started many years ago in the heart of the Rocky Mountains: living, playing, and working in this incredible outdoor paradise.

TOPS’ earlier years were specifically oriented toward tools for Special Operations (both military and law enforcement) or for Survival.

Our growing clientele has requested that we develop a lighter and functional series of knives oriented to Hunters, Backpackers, Campers, Trekkers, Hikers, Bikers, and Preppers.
Their needs led to new designs with thinner but often wider blades to keep inherent strength and with unique handle configurations to assist with a secure grip in all situations.

This is the story behind the design and development of the Viper Scout. Don’t be fooled by its abundant good looks. This knife performs proficiently in the field...just like it was born and raised there!

The 1/8” thick 1095 blade is wider than your average knife, ensuring inherent strength. “Leo,” the designer, incorporated his newest version of the now, well-known Rocky Mountain Tread.

The knife sits comfortably in most hands. A 100% leather sheath, made right here in Idaho Falls, carries the knife close to the body with an easily accessible draw.


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FDX 66 FDX 66



FDX 66

The popular class of FDX (Field Duty Xtreme) Knives manufactured by TOPS has stimulated requests that we have received on numerous occasions to develop a smaller tool, with a wide blade, good cutting edge and the capability to pierce. This engaging tool was named after the very popular “Route 66” one of the first primary highways cutting its way across the USA, the subject of several songs, and the “Route 66” T.V. program, with a wide variety of adventures in the series.

The tool itself was designed to have an enhanced cutting edge (lots of surface edge) and a solid piercing point.

The fact that the tool is designed out of 1095 high carbon steel that is 1/8” thick, enables the carrier of the FDX 66 to keep it placed close to the body for concealment, if necessary, and yet easily available. It has a skeletonized handle to keep the weight minimal, but provides excellent traction. The index finger cutout ensures a safe and secure grip while being used. The blade and handle are covered with a coyote tan finish to protect the steel from the elements.

The high quality leather sheath (100% US Steer hide), keeps the tool in a position that enables the user to draw it from either the vertical or horizontal positions.

The combination of a quality designed and well-executed tool, provides the user with a variety of utilitarian options as an EDC or should the situation warrant it, the ability for a close-in personal protection tool, (highly concealable).

The FDX 66 is versatile-rugged-simple-and-good-lookin’

"This tool is definitely a highly qualified silent companion, ever ready."

...Special OPS ...Trust TOPS...Cause They're Hard To The Core...

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