A Curious Combination of Kiridashi and Karambit
During the time that TOPS’ General Manager Craig Powell has been with the company, he has become more and more interested in everything to do with knives. He has dabbled in making a few knives with a ton of help from Leo (TOPS’ President). One weekend, while he was working on a leather sheath project that he wanted to do, he came up with the idea to make a kiridashi style knife close to the traditional Japanese style (with a sort of chisel ground blade) that he could use specifically for cutting leather for projects and other things around the house. Eventually, he got it done. Around the same time, Craig had also attended a couple of Martial Blades Concepts classes with a local instructor (Adam Boyce of Spartan Mode). So, of course, he realized that it would make a solid self-defense tool if needed also. At this point, the design was tweaked to include the finger ring.
With such a narrow tip and the straight edge, many useful cuts are made easy. Stabbing will give great penetration, EDC tasks that involve pulling cuts will be precise. Even fine, detailed cuts for woodworking will be a breeze. The handle has the perfect radius which makes the knife comfortable to hold in forward or reverse grips. The beta loop that comes included on the Kydex sheath is easy to remove and reposition so that the knife can be carried appendix, scout, horizontal, vertical, IWB, OWB, and even strapped to MOLLE gear or packs. So whatever reason you decide to carry it, you’ll find the Poker will be up to the task.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Acid Rain|
|Handle Material||Tan Canvas/Black Canvas Micarta|
|Weight w/ Sheath||3.6oz|
|Sheath Material||Black Kydex|
|Sheath Clip||Beta Loop|
- Great knife
- This is an amazing blade. Great balance and very sharp. (Posted on 12/11/2020)
- Love it
- Very secure in hand and sharp. Have to say kydex sheath is difficult ie. I just put 4 stitches in my left index finger while withdrawing the Poker from the sheath. Also it can not be taken out of the kydex sheath subtlely. Still it has the high quality Tops’ fit and finish and is a great edc, I’m just looking for a different sheath. (Posted on 10/24/2020)
- Great blade
- Tops Poker, easily the nicest knife I own for its size and quality I have nothing that holds up, carry it every day and barely notice it’s on my belt until I need it, great blade, handle fits amazingly in the hand (Posted on 10/24/2020)