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Kelly McCulley spent seven and a half years in the US Army. During his time in the service, he searched for the right knife to meet his needs as a combat tool that could do the duty of a utility knife, too. In all his time in the service, he never quite found the one that would fit what he wanted in a combat knife. Sound familiar? It’s one of the same reasons that TOPS Knives was founded and one of the reasons that TOPS produces such a variety of models. Around 2010, Kelly started designing knives that his fellow servicemen and women could rely on as they were deployed. He has been making those knives since and has some smart designs under his belt.
The Missile Strike is a great combination of combat and utility. Its narrow blade with long swedge allows for great penetrating stabs (the swedge can be sharpened upon request). The 1/4” thickness provides enough weight to add some power in stabbing, slashing, and when smashing using the pointed pommel. There is a very generous finger guard to ensure that your hand will not slip onto the blade.
Given that the knife will likely be used as a utility tool more often than not, there are features that were included to facilitate that use. The comfortable Micarta handle scales will stand up to use and provide excellent grip. There is a choil so you can choke up for finer tasks, and it’s made from 1095 steel, which holds a great edge, and is easy to re-sharpen in the field (a must for those who don’t always have a proper sharpening system handy). It comes with a tan Kydex sheath that has great retention, but still allows for a solid grip from the moment it’s drawn.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Shape||Spear Point|
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Coyote Tan Coating|
|Handle Material||Tan Canvas Micarta|
|Weight w/ Sheath||14.1oz|
|Sheath Material||Coyote Tan Kydex|
|Sheath Clip||Nylon Belt|
- Missiles are awesome!
- I noticed this knife for its name. Why? I worked with nuclear capable missiles while in the US Army, so it was a no-brainer for me to buy one. I'm happy that I did. It has good thickness, but the length of the knife looks thin, which is deceiving. The fit and finish are of excellent quality as TOPS always does. The butt isn't sharp, but it is pointed enough for it to be a good glass breaker or to give a less than lethal thump to a bad guy. I'm torn between sharpening the swedge, but so far have let it ride as it came from the factory. I'm thinking of carrying it horizontally on my belt in the back. I think it would disappear nicely under an untucked shirt. Overall, I think you'd have to be looking for specific qualities that this knife employs before you'd get one for yourself. (Posted on 8/12/2019)