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Tops Apache Dawn Rockies Edition

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 00ChevyScott, May 6, 2018.

  1. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    Picked this up at the NRA Annual Meeting on Saturday on a whim. It's a beautiful looking blade and after some quick searches, it doesn't look like this blade gets much press.

    • Blade Length: 6.75"
    • Cutting Edge: 6.13"
    • Overall Length: 11.88"
    • Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
    • Blade Thickness: 0.25"
    • Blade Hardness: 56-58HRC



    First impressions; man this knife is a tank. The blade stock is 1/4" thick, so it's got some heft to it. Almost similar to the feeling you get when you pick up a larger size wrench, but balanced well. The G10 grips are scalloped and shaped reasonably well for a mix of ergonomics and aesthetics. The blade shape reminded me of a SOG Seal Team knife right away, but with a smoother look and feel. The fit and finish of the blade is great considering the cost. I don't find myself in too many situations where I need a fixed blade this large, but I had to pick this one up if only for the way it looks and feels in my hand.

    Great job Tops, and thanks for coming out to the annual meeting.
  2. GrReaper


    Sep 22, 2014
    Congrats on a really nice pickup! I've got it in the regular smooth handle. I couldn't find the Rockies edition at that time. It is a very heavy knife, considering it's just a mid-size knife. But it feels great in hand. Sometimes, with other brands, a knife is heavy and I don't like it. That's never happened to me with a TOPS. I guess TOPS seems to make 'em just right for me.
  3. ReservoirDog707


    Apr 26, 2018
    Ahhh that thing looks like a beast. Love its simplicity and aggresiveness. That red adds just a touch of color too. I love fixed blades, too bad i live in california and when i walk around with anything over 6" i get looked at like im carrying a bazooka
  4. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Nice pickup Scott. The TOPS booth had something for everyone. Very diversified selections. One of my favorite displays that I saw at the show.
  5. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    Yep they definitely had an awesome booth. I was surprised there weren’t more knife companies there. I saw TOPS, Benchmade, Emerson, Kershaw, Buck, and Gerber. I’m sure I missed some since the show floor was HUGE, but TOPS definitely had the best booth since they had such a variety and they were all out on the table to handle. Nothing irks me more than knives/guns/etc behind glass or in a case where you have to ask to handle anything. I understand why, but it’s very inconvenient for the potential customer.
    GB940Rookie likes this.
  6. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Looks cool and ready for work. Simple classic lines. Once you use it more, let us know how it did?
  7. John K Sewell

    John K Sewell

    Jun 28, 2018
    Score! The Tops knives I've had the pleasure of owning are great knives. They feel great in the hand during use with zero hot spots. Actually I never get sick of using them. My hands don't get tired if the constant use or grip like with other knives I've used in the past of comparitive size and weight. The Eagle 107c(I believe) has the same grips and I love'm, they hella grew on me. Anyway way congrats on the score and if it's your first Tops I really think I'll like it!

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