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Dear TOPS Knives, Please hire someone who knows English to describe your products.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by retzius, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. retzius


    Sep 17, 2009
    So, TOPS Knives.

    They tout they are made in America to exacting specs.

    However, if you read the descriptions of the knives on their website, they appear to have been written by a foreign special needs child failing ESL.

    Here is a good description of their typical product blurb:

    "It is made if micarta which actually improves the grip when wet and is designed to be fatter in the middle to give maximum human hand grip, no matter how slippery from water or blood."

    or this:

    "To this end, Hawke's Hellion is designed to wreak havoc on both sets of needs specifically for the Survivor to have 2020 vision for jobs big and small."

    or this:

    "Likewise, it's good practice to pull a knife from the wood by rocking it forward and backwards in line with the blade edges and not sideways or "wide ways" which is left and right of the blade edges; basically, move in the direction of edges, not the flat of the blade."

    I would buy one of their products but based on these I conclude they make their knives in America but leave their marketing to Chinese school children, or, they just dont care about the product which makes me want to buy them even less.

    TOPS. Take some advice, what you put on your website reflects on your product.

    Step it up!
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  2. jwh


    Apr 23, 2010
    Maybe they spent all of their time in shop class instead of English. I just got their latest catalog and while it's not impressive I do like the TOPs knives that I own.

  3. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    Whatever the case may be, let's leave specific nationalities out of it (unless you have proof said writers are in fact from that country).
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  4. rookie4real


    Aug 15, 2007
    LMAO sounds not too terrible to me besides "if micarta" part, but my English sucks, so I'm not for hire. You should post this in W&C imo :)
  5. CWL


    Sep 15, 2002

    I seem to recall that the people at TOPS come from Special Operations and LEO backgrounds. Perhaps they were too busy keeping America safe than in getting their 3-Rs down to your satisfaction.

    So what are your qualifications? An English degree? :rolleyes:
  6. twid


    Apr 7, 2009
    Sal spells stuff like "Spyder" and "Thanx". I'm not buying that crap anymore. :rolleyes:
  7. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I thought the first and third examples were just fine.
    I thought the insulting descriptions of the writers was unnecessary and pretty obviously inaccurate.
  8. Ken44

    Ken44 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Good grief, what could you not understand man???

    I'm not a fan of the knives, but that wording sure wouldn't keep me from buying one.
  9. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Must be nice to be perfect. Maybe it's a sign that you should apply for the job and set the record straight? Step up ;)
  10. trevytrev


    May 4, 2010
    I dont sea any problems with there wording.
  11. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    I see what you did there! :p
  12. nickortizzle1035


    Dec 30, 2009
    I have only owned one TOPS knife. It was nice, but it came as dull as dull can be. It took me hours to put a working edge on it. Other than that small hiccup, I have been very pleased with their knives.
  13. squints


    Sep 17, 2011
    I find it rather amusing that you automatically equate poor grammar to foreign-written material. I'm Chinese, and I daresay my grammar is better than most "Americans'."
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  14. EricV

    EricV Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    There is far worse grammar to be found with many other brands, so who cares...

    "How its made" on discovery channel is covering shotguns right now FYI. Much more interesting than grammar BS.
  15. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Spec Opz pefer TOPS cuz de is hard to da core.:D
  16. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    This was part of the quotes that you gave: "To this end, Hawke's Hellion is designed to wreak havoc..."
    A foreign-born person that doesn't have a decent knowledge of the English language is not likely to have written that. It is just as likely that we have a high-school graduate that was better in gym class than in English class. I was once a teacher in a big city.
    Did you ever watch a guy in a burger place try to make change for you?
  17. harkamus


    Apr 23, 2007
    Didn't wanna say it, but yea. I'm the same way.
  18. Bill1170


    Dec 20, 2007
    Agree. The blurbs look like they were written by native English speakers who were never English majors. A lot of very intelligent people make up in practical ability what they lack in language skills.
  19. uyotg

    uyotg Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Apostrophe before the period :p
  20. scotchleaf


    Oct 23, 2006
    Apparently they do the opposite of most companies: their products are made by Americans, marketed by foreigners.

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