TOPS Earth Skills Knife TPESK01, 8.25" 1095 RC 56-58 Tumble Finish Plain Blade, Tan Canvas Micarta Handle
The Earth Skills Knife was designed by Matt Graham, who is much more than just a "survivalist". He is an athlete - ultra-marathons, triathlons, rock climbing, etc., a martial artist - several styles, and an expert in primitive weapons, hunting, and shelters. He has more "dirt time" than almost anyone else out there.
In keeping with the same theme as his first design through TOPS (the Little Bugger). It's thin with TOPS'; modified Scandi grind, a tumble finish and tan canvas Micarta handle scales. This one comes with a deep carry brown leather sheath that Matt designed based off some old Native American styles of sheath. It is meant to ride cross-draw, underneath the belt, towards the back side of the wearer.
Please keep in mind, the stock of this tool is 1/8" thick. Therefore, uses like batoning are not recommended and bent blades due to that type of use will not be covered under the warranty. It is meant for the types of uses you would normally get from a machete.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Overall Length (in)||14.25|
|Blade Length (in)||8.25|
|Blade Thickness (in)||0.130|
|Blade Finish||Tumble Finish|
|Sheath Material||Brown Leather|
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Tops Earth Skills
Let me start with this... it's a good knife. Not bad, not great, just good. The handle is a bit too tall to be as thin as it is and unless you've got some bear paws for hands it's a bit too long as well. The sheath is also a bit annoying at times. I like the cross-draw carry position but the closed loop makes sitting down kinda awkward because i can't just move the thing out of the way. The sheath also has a somewhat loose grip on the knife but once it's tucked under your belt it's at least adequate. All that said though... the blade is good and does most tasks quite well and the fit and finish is excellent. Overall if you're just looking for a weird knife to add to your collection it's great but if you intend to actually use it I would highly recommend getting the Condor version instead