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Hello friends of TOPS. It is with respect that we notify you all of a decision made by Mr. Joseph Teti regarding our Survival Tactical 7 and Survival Tactical 5 models. Per Mr. Joseph Teti's request, we have chosen to stop production of those models:

14 October 2014

To: Mike Fuller, President / CEO TOPS Knives




I am writing you this letter to inform you and TOPS Knives to stop production of my SURVTAC 7 and SURVTAC 5 knives until further notice. I am doing this based off of our conversations over the past few days. I have read the posts made on your companies Facebook page in regards to certain individuals who have threatened a boycott of your company if you continue to make my knives. This I cannot allow to happen. You have been a friend and mentor to me over the past few years, and I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen to you and TOPS. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but I feel it is in the best interest of both parties that I do this. Perhaps in the future we can do business again. Thank you Mike for all that you have done for me, and the friendship you have shown me.


Joseph N. Teti




Tex Creek Hunter

“when its time to go and get some!”

Tex creek 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 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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Terrill Hoffman is an International Hunter, Photographer, outdoor writer and Founder of "PWYP" Practice What You Preach, the Outdoor Survival Outings.

Terrill has been a good friend to TOPS for some 12 years, always with a good word or deed and inevitably with great photographs. For a number of years TOPS has been fortunate enough to work with Terrill on his now famous Hoffman Harpoon in an assortment of practical sizes. In June of this year, at the Blade Show, we unveiled his latest hard use, good looking project called "THE HOFFMAN HIGH DESERT HARPOON XL". The size and specs are virtually the same, however, the newest innovation has affixed to the Harpoon a beautiful set of Micarta handles with easy access brass screws which make the handles removable. Although it is very pleasing to the eye, the strong sharp features stand out. Numerous tests have shown that this is truly a workhorse of a tool. It is coated with a very durable powder coat, the color being Coyote Tan, over a 1095 High Carbon Steel tool. Whether you are into short treks, long trips, or any other outdoor activity, this could be the perfect highly dependable companion and operates equally well with or without gloves on.

Dateline: Survival author Dan Shectman Tactical Knives Magazine.

"The New 'TOPS/Hoffman harpoon 'offers a unique multi purpose survival tool much like those carried by the stone age hunters."

"The Hoffman harpoon is a useful piece of survival cutlery, worn in its neck sheath, it is always with you. Crafted from quality steel and comfortable to use, it fills the niche the small knife occupies in the woodsman's kit. The Hoffman harpoon is reminiscent of that earlier time when every tool had to be a multi tool"

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When Its Time To Even Out The Odds... Airborne


Air Wolfe

You don't have to be the “TOP Gun” to know that the air crews work hard to complete their missions. Every person on the air crew has great responsibility and is as important as a spoke on the wheel. Having the right tool at their side or in their bag is an important part of their personal responsibility. The Air Wolfe fits the bill perfectly for years. It is a personal carry choice, in case of work or an emergency, on the ground or in the air. Cutting straps, rope or even building an emergency shelter it is a perfect tool.

Have it with you just in case you’re having a “down” day.

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F.A.X. FAST AXE 2***


For many years our good friend, Allen “The Axe man” Jensen, has designed and developed tools for his outdoor ventures. He is a Scout leader, knife and axe designer, and has spent a great deal of time in the outdoors working with members of the BLM, Forest Service, and Hot Shot crews (highly trained wild land firefighters). With his practical engineering background (AKA MacGyver), he uses the information he gathers, digests and analyzes it, to perfect his field tools.

His creation known as the F.A.X. or FAST AXE is a lightweight alternative for campers, hikers, or trekkers. The FAST AXE’s head, with its wide cutting edge made of 1095 High Carbon alloy, takes a good deep bite when taking down light wood, taking an animal apart, making tent poles, firewood, or doing a host of other camp chores.

It has a Chrome-Molly alloy (4130) tubular handle and the head is pressed and pinned deeply into this handle. The combination exhibits strength and ductility.

An 8” long EEZER foam grip ensures a solid nonslip grip for the most rugged situations. This is manufactured through a patented proprietary process and is unmatched in quality and durability.

A Kydex “snap on cover” protects the edge of the blade and has a steel spring clip for easy belt attachment.


***Allen Jensen is also known for creating the ‘FIREMAN’S BACKUP’ which was featured on the cover of Blade Magazine SEPT 2007, and for designing a multitude of other great tools.

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The Original TOPS Machete, now available in a smaller size.





For hundreds of years in various tropical countries, in some distinctive style, the Machete has long been a knife of choice for the "Outdoor Working People." The Machete is used to cut through rain forest and undergrowth, harvest crops, and for many household chores...It is also a popular weapon of choice is rural uprisings.

At TOPS, we have had numerous requests from clientele to produce a light, fast, practical and general use blade in conjunction with an enlarged comfortable working handle...A Machete...made entirely in the USA.

Our good friend and well-known designer, outdoorsman and writer, Joe "Shangoman" Flowers, collaborated with TOPS shop manager, Leo "The Lion" Espinoza on the design for a new machete. After much deliberation, they finally came to a positive agreement with the design and practical field ability. The MACHETE .230 was born, and now by very popular request, a smaller version to use with virtually the same capabilities the same handle and a 10”inch blade, the Machete .170.

Vigorous testing in a wide variety of terrains has proved the Machete's superior field performance.

To complement the unique point on the blade and handle design, we custom built a ballistic nylon sheath with 1 separate (flap and buckle closure) accessory pocket. This pocket can hold an array of small tools--sharpener, compass, etc.--easily accessible.

Whether you are a SURVIVOR, CAMPER, KAYAKER, EXPLORER, or just a "JUNGLE KIND OF GUY,” the MACHETE .170 will be a powerful and useful companion.

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The TOPS C.U.B Knife is HERE!

Leather Sheath option now available ONLY $30.00! 




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!

-Reuben Bolieu

Outstanding characteristics:

-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.

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New Leather Sheath Available!
Add-on for only $39.95



The Designer:

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

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