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TOPS BOB Fieldcraft Knife ?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by mckrob, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. mckrob

    mckrob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2007
  2. silverbullets

    silverbullets Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    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
  3. TheGame


    Sep 24, 2008
    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...
  4. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    I really like the looks of this one but I'm not sold on a 3/16" thick scandi.
  5. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    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.
  6. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    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.
  7. canadiantrailman


    Jan 11, 2010
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    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  8. mr.trooper


    Dec 5, 2005
    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.
  9. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    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.
  10. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    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.
  11. fmajor007


    Apr 1, 2010
    It's a nice, clean design for hard working field-knife.

    It's 3/16"s right?
  12. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    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.
  13. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    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!
  14. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    It does help, I'll try that. Thanks!
  15. cramsey3006


    Aug 2, 2010
    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.
  16. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    After my last 2 knives from JK, I don't see going for factory knives in that price range, either!
  17. boness


    Oct 26, 2003
    I like it ! Can you get it with different color handles?
  18. scouter27


    May 27, 2000

    Any actual use on one of these yet?
  19. Diomedes Industries

    Diomedes Industries KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 19, 2007
    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.

  20. RangerR47


    Jan 16, 2006
    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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