My first reaction when I saw a picture of the new TOPS Knives Yacare was “that looks like a Joe Flowers-designed blade”. I was technically wrong, but I was correct in that it wasn’t primarily one of TOPS President Leo Espinoza’s designs. Leo helped , but it was the brainchild of TOPS’ GM Craig Powell. It was inspired by the machetes Craig saw on his travels in Central America, including a Columbia trip with Bushcraft Global – which just so happened to be led by none other than Joe Flowers. I seem to be getting better at this whole knife recognition thing.
TOPS Knives press release:
An “All Belly” Machete
The Yacare is a barong-like machete with a blade that is all-belly. This knife came about from inspiration that TOPS’ GM Craig Powell got from trips to both Costa Rica and Colombia. In Costa Rica he saw locals carrying machetes with similar looks, and after his Bushcraft Global trip in Colombia, it was time to see if he could design one that he would like. As far as machetes go, it’s made of thicker stock than most (3/16”), but it has a high grind to keep the weight manageable and give a fine edge for chopping or slashing. The Yacare is definitely worthy of jungle, mountainous terrains, and everywhere in between.
Pick yours up today from an authorized TOPS Knives Dealer or at www.topsknives.com/yacare-10-0