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Thoughts on the TOPS Tom Brown Tracker?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Grayman1984, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    Hey Bladeforums!
    So I’m a huge fan of everything TOPS, I find that their 1095 and heat treat is far superior to most other companies. I’ve always had my eye on the Tom Brown Tracker, but was never able to justify the price. But here lately I’ve been considering one to use for outdoor activities since I’m getting ready to get out in the woods and teach my oldest son some of the things I learned in Scouting now that he’s old enough. Anyone here have any extensive use with one? Are they worth the price or is it all hype?
  2. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    It's a cool outdoor knife for anyone who doesn't know a lot about outdoor knives.

    Get it if you're a real fan of the movie. Don't get it if you want to use it.
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  3. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    I do think it’s a little thick for most outdoor tasks, and it’s marketed as a “one tool option” (which doesn’t exist) I was just wondering if it performed reasonably enough to justify the cost. I can tell it’s definitely a polarizing design.
  4. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    It's been pretty thoroughly dissected here a few times. It's all sizzle, no steak.
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  5. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    I tried to find info on it here but I’m not that great at navigating the forums yet. It’s looking like something I may want to shy away from though. The Silent Hero is probably gonna be my next purchase.
  6. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    The Tracker has a huge following - just not here.
    Personally, I dont get it. At all.
  7. NapalmCheese


    Aug 24, 2006
    I'll bet when you were a scout you probably had a Buck 110, Buck 112, or a some form of Swiss Army knife. Why not start your son off with one of those?
  8. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    A friend had one. I tried it out in the woods. I was not impressed. I don't like the blade design.

    I don't think it performs well enough to justify the cost.

    For $200, I'd get a TOPs BOB in G10 $130 + Corona folding saw (Lowes $20) + Mora Kansbol Green $34 for the son. $ leftover to get a saw for the son too if you want. Bahco and Silky make a good saw too and they might be a little smaller too if the Corona is too big.

    I purposely picked TOPs as the fixed blade choice since you said you were a fan. You could go Buck, Kabar, Terava Jaakaripukko, or Ontario and save some $.

    Check out the Corona vids on utube, they give Silky and Bahco a run for the $.

    I have a Corona, great saw for the $.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
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  9. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    I’ve got a Backpacker’s Bowie on the way and a folding Sthil saw I’ve had for years. Interested to see how the Bowie performs in the woods. But yeah, I don’t think I’ll be dropping over $200 for the Tracker though.
  10. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    Lol the Tracker wouldn’t be for him. He’s getting a SAK for Christmas.
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  11. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    If you can deal with the blurry Photobucket photos, here's a review:


    It's an okay knife...not great, but it works fine.
    I brought another one along in case the Tracker wouldn't perform, and didn't need to use it at all. :)

    Don't believe the hype.
    Don't believe the hate.
    Both sides often base it on nothing at all, never having used the knife. ;)
  12. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    Thanks for that link, Stab. Seems like something I would eventually want to try out, if I can ever find one at a reasonable price.

    Also, I cringe at the TOPS naysayers.
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  13. Grayman1984


    May 5, 2017
    In fact, EVERY TOPS I’ve owned has been razor sharp out of the box. Even my Lion’s Toothpick is hair shaving sharp, despite being designed for piercing and not slashing. And that tip is like a hypodermic needle, even a hard red oak stump won’t dull it.
  14. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    You may want to look at the Tops SXB. It’s looks like a Tracker on steroids but fixes some of the problems with the knife. It is still an acquired taste, just a little more functional.

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  15. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    If it wasn’t a Tom Brown branded knife it would probably be $75-$100 less. Ive seen people use them for fire wood processing, to make feather sticks and chop wood.
    Ive contemplated getting the smallest version for the feather sticking aspect. But I dont need it. Its a cool looking design. If the price was more in line with other knives I would have it.
  16. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Plenty of other makers out there making iterations of these, should one want to try out a WSK/Tracker-like knife.
  17. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    -Caleb Cox
    -Dave Beck
    -Ed Martin

    Plenty on the second hand market as well.
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  18. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I had never seen one in the wild until I stopped in at SMKW. While I think the idea was cool in theory, it just seems like a hodgepodge of ideas glued together.

    I would buy one if I had some extra money. I think I could press it into service on a camp site. However, I dont think i would tout it as a be-all-end-all survival tool.
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  19. bobobama


    Jan 15, 2017
    Do a search here and on google/youtube to see the history of the Tom Brown Tracker. Seems like a bit of stolen valor going on.
  20. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Zero results.

    Any chance you're talking about the guy who says that's he's the son of the guy that invented the knife and thinks he should get a piece of the action?

    If his revamp of the design did one thing it made the TOPS version look reasonable. The top is is his and the bottom is something a forum member did to tone it down.

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