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By the time Laci designed the Express he had been carrying large folders for self-defense in his waist band for years, sometimes overseas for security details, where firearms were not allowed. His goal was to bridge the gap between a large folder and a small fixed blade. In his words: “After attempting to use my folder in several emergencies, and having to use both hands to open the blade, even though I could open it with a flick of the wrist at home… I realized I needed to design a fixed blade. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to bring everybody down to my martial arts level. I’m sure there are badasses out there that can flip open a butterfly knife in a life-or-death situation… not me. I need to rely on gross motor skills every time. A fixed blade knife is inherently stronger and more reliable than a folder, especially for combat. It does not require fine motor skills to be deployed. This is with that state of mind that I designed the Szabo Express.”
The Express was designed as a fighter, not as a utility knife. It is not meant to pry a door open, or to dig a trench. The width of the blade is necessary to provide adequate wound cavity from a thrust. The ergonomic handle ensures proper grip retention in both saber and reverse grip, and the thickness of the blade, 5/32”, makes the Express extremely sharp while maintaining its strength.
“I had been carrying the Express on and off duty for years until I showed it to Leo at TOPS Knives who immediately liked it. TOPS did a great job with the Express, it is safe to say the TOPS Express is at least as good as the custom version.”
DISCLAIMER: This knife is primarily for use by military, law enforcement, and executive protection specialists. It is incumbent upon the purchaser to be over 18 years of age and to check with local law enforcement personnel regarding legalities of double-edged weapons in his/her area. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Black Cerakote|
|Handle Material||Black Canvas Micarta|
|Weight w/ Sheath||10.4|
|Sheath Material||Black Kydex|
- Wow! One heck of a CCW SD knife!
- I'm 75 years old and have owned hundreds of fixed blade self defense knives over those years, military, custom, and production. The Laci Szabo Express is the best easy to conceal (with IWB J hook) medium size production blade I'e ever owned. 10 out of 10 for blade and sheath with J hook mount. (Posted on 2/6/2023)
- Laci Szabo and tops sure knows how to make great knives and this one follows the tradition. It arrived very sharp and after a fast diamond rod and stropping it is scary sharp and having the two edges slightly different really sets it apart from a dagger and makes it more of a fighter or self defense design. It feels great in any grip and can be carried easily in the sheath on a belt or IWB on jeans etc. I like it in a deep pocket. I already owned their combat knife and the uuk vampire which are both fantastic too, so this one really rounds things out the for most any need. A definite home run! (Posted on 1/17/2023)