TOPS Tanimboca Puukko has been a big success since it was made available in 2017. So, it was only fitting that when Goran approached TOPS about making a mini version. The Mini Tanimboca Puukko is a great tool for making bushcraft items (utensils, kuksa, baskets, blow guns, etc. are all things that Goran had in mind with this), whittling around the fire, and even accomplishing some EDC uses.
This knife is smaller than most and has no guard (so use caution). The knife can be held close to the cutting edge and in multiple grips. If you like making things with your hands especially in the woods, this knife is going to be a must-have. It has the classic Puukko look, but in a much, much smaller package. The spine is ground to 90 degrees for scraping tasks. Well-rounded Black Canvas Micarta handles make the handle comfortable despite its size. The brown leather sheath is set up for a tip-down neck carry, but also has a loop that will fit most belts.
The Mini Tanimboca Puukko was designed by Goran Mihajlovic, who also designed the original one made by TOPS. Goran is originally from Serbia but grew up in Germany. He has lived in Colombia now for many years. He owns a nature reserve called Tanimboca that houses hundreds if not thousands of species of plant, animal, and insect. Throughout his entire life, he has been a knife user and enthusiast. In recent years he has begun making knives at his forge in the Amazon jungle. He prefers Puukkos for their ability to perform well at large variety of cutting tasks.
- Knife Type: Fixed Blade, Neck
- Overall Length: 4.00"
- Blade Length: 1.63"
- Cutting Edge: 1.63"
- Blade Thickness: 0.090"
- Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
- Blade Finish: Tumble Finish
- Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
- Knife Weight: 1.4oz
- Weight w/ Sheath: 2.6oz
- Sheath Included: Yes
- Sheath Material: Brown Leather
- Sheath Clip: none
- Designer: Goran Mihajlovic
- Origin: USA
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I'm making myself a small urban edc kit. This little knife ticks so many boxes. I really like how well it fits in its sheath, the crisp spine, easy to sharpen steel, useable edge length, strong tip for piercing, micarta because it just feels great, lifetime warranty, USA made, Tops whistle, paracord neck knife cord, leather sheath with belt loop. This knife can be your, "when everything else fails, the Mini-Tani won't let you down". Sure, you won't be battoning wood but you will make feather sticks easy, strike your firesteel, metal lashing tubes to make an impressive spear tip. Small enough to not get in the way but with enough handle to get 3 fingers around with my average to larger hands. The micarta feels so good to the touch, grippy without feeling "rough". Sheath is well designed and ergonomically guides your hands to remove or replace the knife more of a natual motion. Because it's 1095 I did give it a good coating of EDCi to ward off corrosion. If you take care of your tools it should be fine but with a steel like this you'll want to wipe it off after using. You can hone this steel on a coffe mug if you need to. I'm really impressed with the fit and finish of all the parts. They machined the tip to enhance its piercing ability. It's phenomenal for opening packages. This is my first Tops knife, I can see why they are so popular. Amazing how even a small knife like this is made in the USA and comes with their lifetime warranty.