TOPS Knives Limited Lifetime Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

TOPS Fixed Blade Knives

TOPS Fixed Blade Knives are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for life. * Please continue to read information on terms and conditions of this warranty.

TOPS Folding Knives are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the date of original purchase.

TOPS Knives Sheaths are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of original purchase.

A copy of the original certificate of authenticity may be requested for warranty repair / replacement service for all fixed blade and folding knives. This is to verify you have a genuine TOPS Knife.

This warranty becomes null and void if the knife is abused.

TOPS Warranty Does Not Cover:

  • Loss or theft
  • Broken knife tips, chipped edges
  • Damage caused by throwing, prying, misuse, abuse, alterations, improper handling, neglect, accident, improper sharpening or normal wear.
  • Scratched / chipped / worn coatings from use or contact with sheath
  • Oxidation of the steel (rust)
  • Natural irregularities in genuine leather sheaths, or variations in the patterning/coloring of our Black River Wash or tumble finished knives.
  • Factory Seconds or Refurbished Blades.
  • In some cases, use of a hard baton to split wood, will qualify as misuse. We do not warranty use of any 1/8" or thinner knife for chopping / batoning.

Knives are high quality tools and as such are able to withstand rugged field use and conditions. However, it is incumbent upon the owner to ensure that the knife is secure in its sheath and that the use of the knife is restricted to prudent and applicable functions. The steel must be cared for to keep it free from contaminants or corrosive substances.

Any misuse of this knife other than to fulfill normal "knife-like" functions will result in voiding of this warranty. The Company reserves the right to make the final decision as to what is considered "fair use" or "abuse". Please contact us if you have any questions.

To receive warranty service, TOPS Knives requires proof of purchase or a copy of the original certificate of authenticity.

Please email to make a warranty claim or call our office at 208-542-0113.

TOPS will review your claim and provide an initial reply within 3 business days after receipt of the knife. Photos sent by email will expedite the claim process.

  • If approved, warranty coverage includes repair labor or, when applicable, a replacement product. Warranty will also cover return shipping charges for US Customers Only within the first 60 days after the purchase date (must provide proof of purchase date).
  • All International customers or claims are subject to shipping charges to and from TOPS.

Many TOPS Knives are made from a well known, and well used steel known as 1095 High Carbon Alloy. As a military choice its success for hard use field knives has been recorded for over a half century. For added toughness, we differentially heat treat all of our High Carbon Alloy Knives. The edge is hardened to 56-58 Rockwell, but the spine is left softer to prevent breakage. If misused, these knives may bend.

It is worthy of note that 1095 may stain and oxidize if intelligent and generally proper care are not used. Like any good tool it needs to be taken care of, in this care a good oil should be applied on any exposed (non powder coated areas), ie. around the laser engraving and the cutting edge and serrations or saw teeth, as it applies to your knife, regular maintenance is encouraged.

On models which are camouflaged by request, it is important to oil the entire blade area.

It is of course incumbent upon the user of the knife to be responsible to keep the blade clean and lubricated in which case a good quality rust inhibitor/oil may be used.

Blade Coating On TOPS Knives:

TOPS uses only the finest grade of hybrid epoxy / poly-powdercoating on its blades... this coating is baked on and the integrity of the coating will last for the lifetime of the blade... aggressive wear against very hard surface like metal will cause some scratching or marring of the surface as will some chemical agents. However, basically keeping it clean and using it for knife life functions, will insure continual use.

Our coating has independently been tested and has passed the:

  1. 1300 Hours of Salt Water Spray (Result: BEST)
  2. Solvent and Adhesion Tests (Result: BEST)
  3. Impact Resistance Test (Result: BEST)

TOPS Knives are not designed for throwing and will void warranty


Sharpening and Refinishing Service

A free sharpening service is offered by the manufacturer which includes the blade edge, serrations and chain saw teeth, for the Original Purchaser ONLY. Should the working surface of your knife become marred or scored from heavy usage we will refinish it for you for a minimal charge. However, all shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the owner.

Proper and reasonable care will ensure that your knife will last you a life-time... and then some!


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Regarding all TOPS e-mail requiring a response:

We respectfully wish to advise any and all concerned parties that it is virtually impractical and in some cases impossible to answer all incoming e-mails within 24-36 hours. Please remember we are a small company experiencing sustained exponential growth. We also travel extensively on a weekly basis. We have to therefore prioritize our response communication thusly and we trust you will empathize with our position:

  1. Active Duty Military presently deployed or alert status
  2. SWAT and Special Police/ Emergency Response Units
  3. Air and Sea Rescue / Security groups
  4. Any warranty issues or general questions from TOPS Knives owners
  5. General questions and catalog requests

If this policy does not satisfy your needs expeditiously then you may call for faster service.