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|
- Love this Camp Knife
Bought this knife for the amazing look. Great camp knife. The Red Carbon fiber makes this knife surprisingly light, and looks absolutely amazing.
The knife gets stuck in the Kydex sheath, but after a lot of use this resolves itself. Some of the red of the Kydex wears off onto the carbon fiber of the knife, discolors it a little. Great knife if you can find one. (Posted on 8/6/2020)
- 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)