TOPS Knives is known for spreading their releases out throughout the year as opposed to dropping them all at once. This week they dropped 2 new knives which made their debut at SHOT. The El Chappo cleaver, and their Mini Scandi Folder, which is a departure from their typical fixed-blade offerings.
It Chops and… Chops
El Chappo is a cleaver that is as useful in the kitchen as it is in the field. Leo Espinoza, TOPS’ President, has played with a few cleaver designs in the past, and decided that with the success of the FMS knives and since TOPS is debuting a chef’s knife this year, it was time to make El Chappo happen. With a cutting edge of just under 6” and a blade thickness of 3/16”, this cleaver is more than capable. So whether you are in the kitchen making dinner or in the hunting camp processing your latest harvest, El Chappo might be exactly what you need.
Pick up El Chappo from a TOPS authorized dealer or directly from TOPS at www.topsknives.com/el-chappo
- Overall Length: 11.0”
- Blade Length: 6.0”
- Cutting Edge: 5.88”
- Blade Thickness: 0.19”
- Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
- Blade Finish: Acid Rain
- Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
- Knife Weight: 15.9oz
- Weight w/ Sheath: 16.6oz
- Sheath Material: Black Kydex
- Sheath Clip: None (Blade Cover only)
- Designer: Leo Espinoza
- MSRP: $180
Leo Espinoza, TOPS’ President, has played with a few cleaver designs in the past and decided that with the success of the FMS knives and since TOPS is debuting a chef’s knife this year, it was time to make El Chappo happen.
While this cleaver can be used for heavier veggie chopping tasks, it’s primarily made to cut meat. With a blade length of 6” and a thickness of 3/16”, this cleaver has the weight and capability to help you take care of whatever meat processing you may encounter. It’s made of 1095 high carbon steel and has TOPS’ new Acid Rain finish. It comes with a Kydex Blade cover that is held in place with an elastic shock cord.
El Chappo is a cleaver that is as useful in the kitchen as it is in the field. So whether you are in the kitchen making dinner or in the hunting camp processing your latest harvest, El Chappo might be exactly what you need.
Also from TOPS:
Mini Scandi Folder 4.0
- Overall Length: 7.38”
- Blade Length: 3.25”
- Cutting Edge: 3.13”
- Closed Length: 4.25”
- Blade Thickness: 0.12”
- Blade Steel: N690Co RC 58-60
- Blade Finish: Tumble
- Handle Material: Tan Canvas
- Knife Weight: 3.5oz
- Pocket Clip: Reversible tip up
- Designer: Leo Espinoza
- MSRP: $150
- Note: Made in Italy by Maserin
When you have a knife that is as popular and useful as the Mini Scandi Knife, other versions of it are bound to make sense too. That’s the reason the Scandi Trekker exists, and now it’s also the reason for the Mini Scandi Folder or MSF 4.0.
The MSF is a flipper style folder (non-assisted) that boasts a full Scandi grind that is great for slicing and perfect for EDC. The blade steel is N690Co, which is a very stain resistant steel that holds an edge well and is fairly easy to re-sharpen when needed. The frames are also stainless steel with tan canvas Micarta handle scales for a smooth, comfortable grip. Ball bearing washers on the pivot point ensure a smooth action opening and closing, and it has a reversible pocket clip for all you lefty’s out there. For a great EDC with a touch of class, check out the new Mini Scandi Folder.
Note: The MSF is a collaboration piece. It was designed by Leo Espinoza, but TOPS has teamed up with Maserin Knives to have the MSF made in Italy.
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