20th Anniversary Tex Creek
Hunt, Fish, Camp
Availability: Honorably Discharged
TOPS Knives turned 20 years old in October 2018 and to commemorate the accomplishment, we released a limited run of the Tom Brown Tracker #3 made with special steel, handles, and sheath. The success of that model led us to make this next 20th-anniversary edition model.
The Tex Creek is an excellent all-around knife design. It's perfect around the campsite, if you're out on a hike, fishing for the day, and makes a great hunting knife as well. The original was designed by Leo Espinoza to be his personal hunting knife for deer season in Idaho a few years back. Tex Creek is the name of the unit where he grew up hunting in Idaho.
This will be a one-time run made with CPM154 steel hardened to between 58-60 on the Rockwell C scale. It has thick, well-rounded handles with a white liner sandwiched between black canvas Micarta and a gorgeous red/black carbon fiber on top. The sheath is red Kydex with black Kydex on top and a burgundy leather dangler to finish off the package.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Steel||CPM 154|
|Blade Finish||Tumble Finish|
|Handle Material||Black Canvas Micarta/Red-Black Carbon Fiber|
|Weight w/ Sheath||12.1oz|
- Fantastic Blade
I have the 1095 version that I've carried for a couple of years now and it is the best EDC blade available(out of 5 starts, its an absolute 10)...IMHO. The 20th anniversary model in CPM 154 is a wonderful knife as well. Since I got it I haven't been able to put it down. A couple things I like more about the 20th anniv model more are the perfectly sculpted and more ergonomic scales...they feel amazing in hand, allowing for a much tighter/better grip. The kydex sheath with dangler is one of the best ever offered by TOPS. As for the steel, CPM154 is a great choice for stainless! The only thing I would liked TOPS to have done differently is making the blade a bit thicker instead of thinner than the original. While CPM154 is a great stainless steel, that holds an edge longer than 1095, it's not close to being even nearly as tough as 1095. Though I understand that many people like thinner blades cause they feel they are better slicers,I always want a blade that is easy to sharpen in the field and with no chance of the blade breaking in case you're forced to do something stupid like prying. I would just feel more confident if the 20th anniv model was .20in thick instead of .17... even if they could have kept it at .19, I would feel better. That said, this is still a terrific knife that I plan on using for many many years to come. TOPS hit a homerun with the Tex Creek!
(Posted on 5/15/2019)