MNKF: New Knifeness from TOPS
TOPS Knives is releasing tools with great rapidity. We’re gonna give you a quick rundown of the most recent two: El Chete and the Frog Market Special. Read on. The following descriptions are in the manufacturer’s own words.
How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete. It has a wicked new blade finish called Acid Rain. The sandwiched Micarta handles fill the hand well and look outstanding too. The sheath is a clever out-the-back design that comes with either a spring steel clip or a leather dangler. On top of the aesthetics, TOPS president Leo Espinoza designed it to demolish wood as a chopper thanks to its heft and thick tang. If you’re in the market for a large knife, you’ve definitely found it.
El Chete Specs:
Overall Length: 17.5”
Blade Length: 12.0”
Cutting Edge: 11.38”
Blade Thickness: 0.25”
Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish: Acid Rain
Handle Material: Sandwiched Black Canvas and Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight: 29.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath: 37.5oz
Sheath Material: Black Kydex
Sheath Clip: Spring Steel or Leather Dangler
Designer: Leo Espinoza
This blade was designed with one thought in mind… chopping. With a 1/4″ thick blade that is a full foot long, it will do that very well. Even though it’s so large, the knife still weighs in under 2 pounds.
El Chete is the first TOPS knife to be released with our wicked new finish called Acid Rain. Because of the process we use, the finish varies slightly from knife to knife so that each person gets something unique. We wanted the handles to be thick enough to fill each user’s hand like a hatchet or small ax handle would, so we decided to use sandwiched Micarta. It’s well rounded for comfort and the black canvas Micarta underneath the green canvas Micarta adds even more to the aesthetics of this piece.
The sheath is an out-the-front design with all the bells and whistles. You just pull up slightly then out the front so that you don’t have to strain to pull the knife all the way up through the sheath. There is a strap that when snapped into place, helps immensely with the retention of the blade. We’ve also made it available with our rotating spring steel clip or a leather dangler attachment so that each user picks the right fit for him or her.
If you’re in the market for a large knife, you’ve definitely found it.
Frog Market Special XL
The Frog Market Special XL is available today. It will be sold by itself or as a combo with both knives piggybacked together.
The highly anticipated release of the Frog Market Special XL is here. It has all of the aesthetics and function of the original in a larger package. Many users out there have this knife in their kitchen, camp kit, and some have even carried the FMS as an EDC knife. The longer blade and handle, and the slightly thicker steel give the XL an advantage in certain food prep tasks. “The Frog Market special and XL are both great knives. Almost every TOPS employee has the original in their kitchen and the XL will quickly follow suit,” said Craig Powell, General Manager of TOPS Knives. The Frog Market Special XL can be purchased by itself or as a combo with the smaller Frog Market Special.
Pick yours up today from an authorized TOPS Knives Dealer or at www.topsknives.com/frog-market-special-xl
Frog Market Special XL Specs:
Overall Length: 12.75”
Blade Length: 7.5”
Cutting Edge: 7.5”
Blade Thickness: 0.09”
Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish: Black River Wash
Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight: 9.4oz
Weight w/ Sheath: 13.3oz
Sheath Material: Black Kydex
Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel
Designer: Steven Dick
The Frog Market Special XL was designed by Steven Dick based on a style of knife that he saw during a trip to Vietnam. He saw butchers and fish mongers using knives with a pattern he’d never seen before. They were able to prepare meats and fish of many varieties easily using their unique blades.
The first design based off of those knives is the original Frog Market Special. This XL version adds some heft and length to an already proven excellent design. It has all of the aesthetics and function of the original in a larger package. Many TOPS users have this knife in their kitchen, camp kit, and some have even carried the FMS as an EDC knife.
It is 3/32” thick 1095 steel with our famous Black River Wash. Comfortable, thick green canvas Micarta handles keep their grip even when wet, and it comes with a Kydex sheath for storage, especially for those venturing outside of the kitchen with it. Whether you’re slicing, dicing, or chopping meat and veggies, this blade will make food prep easy. “The Frog Market special and XL are both great knives. Almost every TOPS employee has the original in their kitchen and the XL will quickly follow suit,” said Craig Powell, General Manager of TOPS Knives.
Learn more at the TOPS Knives website.
Read up on other TOPS Knives, and our report on how some of ’em hold up in the field, right here.
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