Strong, sturdy, and sharp
The Baja 3.0’s big brother has arrived. Based on customer feedback we decided to stretch the popular 3 inch model. In place of the Coyote Tan powder coat, we’ve upgraded the finish with our famous Black River Wash, which gives each knife its own unique look. Green Canvas Micarta handle scales and a high-quality leather dangler sheath (available in black or brown) make this a must-buy for users and collectors alike.
Unlike TOPS’ other models in the 4 to 4.5 inch range, this one is 5/32” thick. That thickness along with a full flat grind gives it strength over 1/8” blades, but allows it to maintain superb cutting capabilities since it’s slightly thinner than 3/16”. Our professional heat treat gives a long lasting edge that is easy to re-sharpen once it is eventually needed. The jimping on the spine and along the finger guard is ideal for a solid grip in hard use or slippery conditions. Due to the thinner blade, it gives you better precision and greater range from making delicate cuts to cutting thick branches with ease. These same qualities make the BAJA 4.5 great for food prep as well.
The inspiration for the name and design comes from Baja California. From the high point of Devil’s Peak at 10,157 feet, to the low Sonoran Desert, to the beautiful beaches, Baja is known for its contrasts. It is recognized worldwide for some of the most rugged, “bad ass” terrain.
And of course, TOPS are made in the USA!
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Black River Wash|
|Handle Material||Green Canvas Micarta|
|Knife Weight||6.2 oz|
|Weight w/ Sheath||12 oz|
|Sheath Material||Black Leather|
- I Originally got this knife for camping at a campground type of use, thinking it’s not quite large or thick enough for real bushcraft applications. Shortly after I got it I was out hiking and needed a long pointed staff. With a shrug and hoping the knife was really as good as TOPS said it was I batoned through the base of a 3-inch sapling, chopped all the branches off, then batoned through the other end at angle to make a tip. I cleaned with knife off - the coating looked untouched and it was still shaving sharp! (Posted on 3/6/2021)
- Poor Spine
- The spine is NOT sharp on this knife !! It will NOT throw a spark with the ferro rod that comes with the sheath . Very disappointed.... (Posted on 1/21/2021)
- The spine...
The spine of this knife is not 90 degrees sharp, and even covered with coating. But if ordered with a sheath, a fire steel comes with it. Of no use... unless you sharpen the spine.
I don't get why TOPS cannot provide 90 degrees spine on all their survival/outdoor knives. ESEE managed to provide this on the PR6, with 1095 steel.
The fire steel capability is essential to a survival/outdoor knife. (Posted on 9/3/2020)
- Great Blade, good handle sharp edges
Love the knife, perfect thickness and shape, nice fine point. Came very Sharp and even though it did have a slight re-curve near the sharpening notch. Nice sheath, good retention and rides well.
However, between the sharp jimping on the spine and finger guard the knife is not nearly as comfortable as it could be. The finger guard also needs to have its edges rounded. The micarta could also use some rounding near the blade. (Posted on 12/27/2016)