New TOPS Knives At SHOT 2013

We’ve had several request for knife coverage. While I did take a fair amount of pics they weren’t up to par for posting so I used some Tops pictures along with my own. These are new release knives at the Tops booth.So, here are photos of a few of the new release knives now available.At the bottom of the page is a link to all of the new TOPs knives. The featured photo is my favorite of them all.The CUMA TAK-RI designed by a master martial artist Waysun Johnny Tsai.

In the future knife coverage will have complete descriptions, stats history etc.

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TOPS Knives

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • noob

    i would like a blunt trainer of the battle blade before considering the real thing, not just because any cqc knife needs to be trained with, but just to spar and see how easy it is for an opponent who is in grappling range to take the knife from my railed forearm and stab me with it.

    • Um…shoot him, noob.

      • noob

        you will note that at grappling range, the opponent is trained to get inside the arc of the weapon and control the muzzle with a hand on the handguards

        • gallan

          True, which means once you no longer control your rifles movement, how are you going to get to the knife that’s attached to it?
          If your afraid you might be grappled, better to just carry a knife while holding a rifle/pistol,. The only knife I know that allows this is the hideaway knife, perhaps a karambit might work too.

          • I believe the knife mount is meant to be taken advantage of using the mapul over hand style grip on the forend. From there you would already have your hand on the blade and be able to pull back(to un-sheath the knife) and thrust forward.

  • That handguard mount is an epic idea…attn. SOCCOM….

    • I’m not 100% sure where the original idea came from but it’s still new enough that any conclusions now would be a bit premature. Honestly I can see a plus or two and some negatives should an opponent get to close. I’d like to see some martial artist give it a good workout and see what happens.

    • blacksmith26

      ummm, no..

    • kai

      But if you lose your rifle somehow, then you’ve also lost your knife

  • Big Daddy

    Anything that adds weight to your weapon is not good. If it increases the chance of you hitting the target it’s good unless the weight cost is too high. The lighter the weapon the easier it is to shoot when fatigue sets in after a few days humping around stuff out in the field. When it’s for real and people are shooting at you that means a lot.

  • Giolli Joker

    Thanks TFB!
    About Tops knives: the fieldcraft is OK, their version of the common bushcraft knives, still a real knife… the others, tacticoolness at its best…

    • simon_the_brit

      This topic kickstarted my brain into remembering that in the 1980’s whilst in the Army I carried a K-Bar, I traded some kit with 1 of the ‘D’ Boys. Happy days.

      • simon_the_brit

        Whoops,this: “” I traded some kit with 1 of the ‘D’ Boys”” should read: I traded some kit with 1 of the ‘D’ Boys for the knife.

    • Glad you liked it. I imagine we’ll do more knife reviews if the interest is high enough.

  • blacksmith26

    the knife is a tertiary weapon. Why the hell would you want it attached to your primary? Looks awesome- does not work. SOC-P dagger or folders in both pockets…

  • milo

    the only ones that intresting to me were the ZDT and fieldcraft