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TOPS Tibo

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by mistwalker, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Well...I have a new neck knife to wear when I am out and about. It's made by TOPS and named the Tibo (which is filipino for "Stinger"). I won't get to review this one here because it's my design of what I wanted in a neck knife after four years of carrying other small knives in the field. Knives I happen to have liked certain aspects of very much. I'm sure certain features of the design give away the primary influences. Obviously the Izula and the BK-11, both of which I've carried extensively, were influential. Personally I wanted something with a good point for penetration purposes and still enough belly to be functional in skinning, with more grip texture in use with muddy, bloody, or oily hands. I wanted something that had comfortable ergos but also had texture on the rounded pommel to keep a baton from glancing as easily when using the knife in chisel fashion. I also really wanted something lighter than what I had available for use as a neck knife back up system because I am usually carrying a lot of weight as it is. So one day after a long day at work I sat down and drew out what I wanted, and a few weeks later got to see the finished product. It has an over-all of 6 1/2-inches and a blade length of 2 1/2-inches and is made from 1/8-inch thick 1095 steel and a weight of 1.9 ounces. The cord wrap isn't the greatest because that was exactly how much cord I had and it was about 6-inches too short to do the job right so I'll wrap it again later.

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    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  2. Varg Lobos

    Varg Lobos

    May 20, 2007
    I think it looks great!

    Well done. I'd get one for sure. I'm a sucker for "neck" knives although I never wear them around my neck.

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  3. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man! Yeah I know what you mean, half the time I just carry them in my pocket anyway. I like pocket knives that don't fold too :)
     
  4. TheGame

    TheGame

    Sep 24, 2008
    The blade shape reminds me of the Izula a bit. Looks like a good little knife. I love knives that I can pocket carry. Definitely some of my favorite types of fixed blades. Hopefully I can get a hold of one of these in the future. :thumbup:
     
  5. Dan57

    Dan57

    Apr 8, 2012
    Looks great... probably the best neck knife design I've ever seen! I really like the (relatively) long handle and the blade design. I just wish there were some scales for it... bare skeletonized handles don't do it for me, and a paracord wrap isn't a whole lot better.
     
  6. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man, yeah the Izula design influenced the blade shape. I like knives I can easily pocket carry too. They should be available soon after Blade and they shouldn't be too expensive.


    Thanks man. I know, the skeletonizing makes for lighter carry, but isn't comfortable for some. The cord wrap adds comfort and an extra useful component to the knife. There may be some after market scales at some point in the future, I'll have to look into it and check into the costs of producing them.
     
  7. schmittie

    schmittie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Looks good. I have often wished the Izula had more of a tip. Your design looks more up my alley.

    What kind of sheath comes with it and will the Tibo be available soon if not already?
     
  8. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man. I like a pointy tip too, but still like some belly. I'm pretty sure they will come with similary sheaths to other neck sized knives from TOPS like the Travelin' Man 2 and the Trail Mate, but I haven't gotten a sheath yet. The sheaths weren't done yet when they sent me a sample of the knife. I think some will be available by Blade and other shortly after. I'm not sure how many they do in each run of their knives or how many they did in this one.
     
  9. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    Looks very nice Brian.......Remember sharing is caring.....Bring it up and we'il do lunch and some "testing".....See ya at BLADE.....

    all best

    Ethan
     
  10. Seanifred

    Seanifred

    627
    Sep 3, 2010
    i want one please.
     
  11. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks Ethan, I'll definitely look forward to that lunch! But it'll probably be after Blade. I was hoping for a couple of them right off but only have one so far. Will definitely be picking up a few more.


    Cool, thanks man, they'll be available soon.
     
  12. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Looks great! Good job! :thumbup:
     
  13. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks Man!
     
  14. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    I love that design, Mist. Nice work!
    The BK11 was a big influence on my designs as well.

    -Daizee
     
  15. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    That's a very cool little knife. Nice design :thumbup:
     
  16. Chameleonbear

    Chameleonbear

    Aug 14, 2008
    I just realized, this is a Chicago legal knife. It's only a 2.5" blade which is legal to carry in downtown Chicago (ironically one of the strictest knife laws I know of). Brian if you could keep me apprised of the status of this knife I'd GREATLY appreciate it! It would fill the role I been lacking filling. I was thinking of getting a 14 and grinding it down to a 2.5" blade length. But this would fit the bill better.
     
  17. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man!

    I imagine the BK-11 has influenced several designs.


    Thanks Tknife!


    Cool, and sure I'll keep you updated. It should be available after Blade, which is next weekend.
     
  18. 6shooter

    6shooter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Love it, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for this one. An izula blade(ish), with a full length handle, and 1/8" stock sounds like the perfect necker to me. Nicely done man.

    Keep the updates in this thread, I wanna know then they're available too :thumbup:
     
  19. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Can you say---"SWEET"????

    That is Sweet Bro!!!
     
  20. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man. I thought when I drew it that it was the perfect necker for me. I wanted something light with a big enough, and textured, handle that I could keep a grip on even when slick (my hands always get slick when I clean fish and game), that had a high grind I could get scalpel sharp, that was still pretty tough for it's size. I haven't had a chance to beat on it any yet, that'll come soon enough, but as for size and weight I'm still thinking it's the perfect necker for me.

    There may be some available at Blade, and should be more soon after. I'm sure they had several models to get in stock for Blade so not sure how many are available. I'm wanting a couple more for myself :)


    Thanks Bill, I think so too :D
     

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