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    Question TOPS BOB Fieldcraft Knife ?


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    I just read pitdog's June 2011 thread on this...

    Anyone tried one yet? TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft Fieldcraft Knife.



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    I bought one but have not tried it out yet, feels really good in hand, certainly worth the money they were/are asking. I think it will make a nice bush blade

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    I like the look of it, but I will need to test one before I buy one. There is too many other knives out there that I know I will like to buy one I may not like in the end.

    Then again, it is a sharp pointy object...

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    I really like the looks of this one but I'm not sold on a 3/16" thick scandi.

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    I've only just started testing mine out. It is a well designed knife, definitely bomb proof. But I think I would like it much better if it were 1/8" stock. It cuts well for how thick it is though, but thinner stock would have made it a mean carver for sure.
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    Some of it is an environmental thing. The farther up the trail, the thicker the underbrush, the harder the wood, the harsher the weather -- the thicker the blade can be. But every hike isn't a battle for survival and 1/8" itself is actually a thick blade in a high carbon steel.

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    I'm sure it's a great knife ... but what distinguishes this from the hundreds of other medium size drop point fixed blades out there?

    This knife design took about as much effort on behalf of TOPS as a gun company coming out with a new 1911.

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    Actually, a gun company would need to do a lot of precision machining to come out with a new 1911. TOPS took a design offered to them by a bushcraft group and ran with it. It is a bit more heavy duty than most knives classified as bushcrafters, which is probably why they call it a Fieldcraft -- a short but sturdy camp knife.

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    I have one (because I helped design it :P) and I love it. Its a thick one, but even though, they got the edge right and it digs into wood just fine.

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    It's a nice, clean design for hard working field-knife.

    It's 3/16"s right?

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    Hey Joe, any help on using the ferro scraper notch on the butt of the knife? I can't seem to get a good scrape with it.
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    It's not a scrape so much as a strike. Hold the knife vertical with the rod angled towards your target and do some controlled "stabs" at the rod with the striker. Hope that helps!


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    It does help, I'll try that. Thanks!
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    Probably the best looking TOPS that I've seen. It may be one of the few knives that I buy on looks alone. I have to say it, I think that TOPS is overpriced for 1095 and Micarta. There are many knives by more than a few custom makers on here that can be had in the same price range as the offerings from TOPS. That's what keeps me from getting more of their stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsey3006 View Post
    There are many knives by more than a few custom makers on here that can be had in the same price range as the offerings from TOPS.
    After my last 2 knives from JK, I don't see going for factory knives in that price range, either!

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    I like it ! Can you get it with different color handles?

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    Bump:

    Any actual use on one of these yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esav Benyamin View Post
    After my last 2 knives from JK, I don't see going for factory knives in that price range, either!
    This is where I am at too. With the sort of customer service and quality I can get from makers here... I have no need to go to a factory knife...

    But - I am glad to see tops making something that looks to be VERY serviceable for people who want to get into bushcrafting and don't have the time or love to research knives like many of us do.

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    Has anyone got one of these and use it quite a bit? Looking to get some idea how well it handles and how tough it is. I have not really used a Scandi before but since this one, like most is a "modified" scandi edge figured it holds up just fine even under baton and hardwood action.

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