El Chete

How does TOPS define destruction?

El Chete was designed to demolish wood as a chopper thanks to its heft and thick tang.

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How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete.

This blade was designed with one thought in mind... chopping. With a 1/4" thick blade that is a full foot long, it will do that very well. Even though it's so large, the knife still weighs in under 2 pounds.

El Chete is the first TOPS knife to be released with our wicked new finish called Acid Rain. Because of the process we use, the finish varies slightly from knife to knife so that each person gets something unique. We wanted the handles to be thick enough to fill each user's hand like a hatchet or small ax handle would, so we decided to use sandwiched Micarta. It's well rounded for comfort and the black canvas Micarta underneath the green canvas Micarta adds even more to the aesthetics of this piece.

The sheath is an out-the-front design with all the bells and whistles. You just pull up slightly then out the front so that you don't have to strain to pull the knife all the way up through the sheath. There is a strap that when snapped into place, helps immensely with the retention of the blade. We've also made it available with our rotating spring steel clip or a leather dangler attachment so that each user picks the right fit for him or her.

If you're in the market for a large knife, you've definitely found it.

Note: The process used to create the Acid Rain finish produces a unique look on each blade. No two knives with this finish will look exactly alike.

Knife Type Fixed Blade
Overall Length 17.50"
Blade Length 12.00"
Cutting Edge 11.38"
Blade Thickness 0.250"
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Acid Rain
Handle Material Green Canvas/Black Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight 29.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath 37.5oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Kydex
Designer Leo Espinoza
Customer Reviews (3)
Oh this thing is a Butcher
I really just instantly think BUTCHER whenever I so much as see this thing. It's so brutal and simple (by which I mean that this thing is probably the Simplest solution to most obstacles you can come across in a yard).

I used my Chete and a mallet to baton through the wood of an old playset that needed to be cleared. It cleaved through everything I put it up against like a champ.
The ONLY thing that I would ever change about it is to give it a slightly longer handle, but even then I usually forget about it once I've gotten a lanyard on to help with my grip.
Review by Mark (Posted on 9/8/2022)
Amazing Chopper
Saw this Chopper had to buy one. Cleared my backyard in one night, it destroyed the underbrush and chopped small trees and medium trees down with ease. Great for splitting and chopping firewood. Absolutely makes the hard chopping and clearing....FUN Review by ScoutmasterRobNC (Posted on 8/27/2020)
A video link to my test video and my conclusion on this fine built chopping blade

Above is a link to my video. Would like to thank Tops knives for such a sweet creation as the El Chete. It's a tough , well made, one of the best chopping knives I've used. It's a beast indeed. I'd recommend this blade to anyone looking for a Cleaver like blade that can do all your chopping & Batoning Camp chores. 2 thumbs way up High !!!
Review by Joshua (Posted on 3/17/2018)
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