How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete.
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 the wicked new finish called Acid Rain. Because of the process TOPS uses, the finish varies slightly from knife to knife so that each person gets something unique. They wanted the handles to be thick enough to fill each user's hand like a hatchet or small ax handle would, so they 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. They've also made it available with their 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.
|Product Name||El Chete|
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Overall Length (in)||17.50|
|Blade Length (in)||12.00|
|Blade Thickness (in)||0.250|
|Blade Finish||Acid Rain / Camo|
|Handle Finish||Green Canvas / Black Canvas Micarta|
|Sheath Material||Black Kydex|