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TOPS Knives B.O.B. Fieldcraft Series Knives

TOPS Knives B.O.B. Fieldcraft Series Knives

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I would have liked to see more blade finish options for 1095. I really want a stonewashed with black/grey handle.
$130 with free, immediate shipping from BladeHQ - https://www.bladehq.com/item--TOPS-Knives-BOB-Brothers-of--12302
I don’t get the comments arguing for BattlBox. You have to pay 150 PLUS shipping and handling (this drop has free shipping). For B.B., You have to sign up for a revolving monthly subscription (which you’d have to cancel later if you’re comparing apples to apples here- read, more work). Just give me my Massdrop deal please! I’m here for a deal, not a subscription. This is the best price for this knife anywhere I could find, including Amazon. Even with the 35 extra for different steel.
$25 more gets you the BattlBox welcome kit, which has this knife (in exclusive natural scales) and a hord of survival gear. Just sayin’....
I got dropped off in a state park last year and survived 3 days with nothing but this knife and the cloths on my back. The bow drill divot works great (as long as you lube it somehow). The knife stayed sharp enough and was robust enough to baton through enough wood to make a waterproof shelter. Its a beast of a bushcraft knife. Its definitly not the flashiest blade, but it beat the hell out of my fallkniven A1. Im still always on the lookout for the next best thing, but new knives I buy never leave the backyard. My BOB is the knife that goes into the sticks with me.
Guys check Amazon, You looking at hardly a difference in price if any. Some models even cheaper on amazon.
This does look nice. Wonder if it's legal for EDC without a CC.
Bombenhagel
Check your state knife laws: https://knifeup.com/knife-laws/
Where I am, I can EDC any blade that I want, as long as it's primary use isn't maiming or killing.
Cheaper online and some with free shipping. Not much mass is dropping here.
I bought a BOB knife from Tops at the NRA annual meeting 2 years ago. I really like it. Robust construction, comfortable handle design, and tough steel made this the perfect choice for my camping and bushcraft adventures. I have not yet used the bow drill divot for starting fires but I feel better knowing it is there if I need it.
Interesting - I didn't know that TOPS offered anything in stainless. For the price though, I think I'd go with the ESEE 4 in 440C.
Having bowdrill dimples in the handle is an interesting option. Given a little time though, its easier to just whittle a little mouthbit with a dimple and then you can push down with your mouth and have both hands free for the drill.
bookworm13
Careful, my mom always says, "teeth are jewels, not tools."
tomolo
Lol I've never heard that saying, but it gave me a good chuckle. Smart woman
You can get the welcome box from Battlbox and it’s $150. Includesthis knife and a bunch of gear. Ijs
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Benzo
Lol, had literally just joined Battlbox 3 minutes ago, then saw this here.
Would be great to see a drop for the new folding version of this.
Aotearoan
They make a folding version of this? Seems counter intuitive to me. Why make a knife designed and marketed towards Bushcraft that folds? All they've done is add an additional point of failure. Not something I would trust for an extended period of survival use.
planb10113
Yep, everything you say is true; I see it as filling that "the best knife you have is the one you are carrying" niche. A fixed blade will always be better, but I will only be carrying one when I know I will need it. I envision the folder sitting in the vehicle glove box, ready to be grabbed and slipped in a pocket on inpromptu/unplanned adventures. Something that won't take up too much space on weekend backpacking trips where I might not need it. It would also be a great addition to a compact survival kit or go bag where it might function as a back up to your primary knife. In 'PC' NZ it is a knife you could discretely carry through public areas without getting arrested.
Are the belt clip and ferro rod holder reversible on the sheath for proper left hand carry?
maskedferret
No- Ive seen vids of some people who drill out the hardware and convert it to left hand, but it was not easy. best bet it have someone who works in kydex make a new sheath
A very cool looking knife. Almost makes me want to go outside or something. Almost..
Since kitchen knives are the current buzz and tactical is tacticool. The Frog Market Special from Tops fills a nice niche from kitchen prep to urban prep. My apologies for the deviation from the BOB.
I looked forward to buying this one for a while and that review done by Dutch Bushcraft Knifes got me hooked. Love those guys. Ordered the cm154 version of the knife and could not wait for it to arrive. But...
1. You cannot get enough sparks if any at all with the spine of the knife or with the scraper on the handle to get usable sparks at all. (only part that will throw sparks is the tip where the scandivex meets the spine of the knife.)
2. Their magnesium bars and ferro rod are really bad...terrible...way too soft ferro rod. Scrapp it and use whatever else.
3. If you think this knife carves or even cuts like scandi you will be very dissapointed. This is the worst wood cutting knife I own. And I have quite a few. Mora Black and Fallkniven F1 blow this out of the water. Even my pocket knifes cut wood better. Edge is terribly convexed which makes it to glide on the wood. I might change my opinion on it once I "FIX" that grind and make it true scandi...but...
4. After using it for just one evening...light battoning, wood cutting and painfully terrible feathersticking...was really upset to find out that the edge rolls...a lot..
So unless you guys know how to regrind this to zero scandi like DBK guys do...I would not suggest this knife as your bushcraft or survival knife. Fit and finish of the knife is great, sheath is good, but the grind, ferro rod, weight of the knife and heat treatment make it money not well spent. Just my honest opinion, dont want to hurt anyones feelings. If anyone has similar experience please let everyone know. Tops needs to get it right...
peterson
Don't forget the whistle.
BoxBlade
Oh lol, true 👍 forgot about that 😜
Awesome knife! One of my most used.
Can you throw sparks of the spine on any of the versions? I know the coated ones won't but what about the tumbled or satin finish blades?
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It's 2 magnesium rods and one ferro rod glue together. It's pretty convenient.
As for the knife, it has a notch on the pommel to scrape fire steel. Once you learn how to use it, it's extremely easy and better in my opinion than using the back of a blade.
Tpickles
No, tops does not do a sharp spine on their knives
How much were these dropping for?
Jonastan
There were two versions available... I bought the stainless version for +$35 at $149.00.
The 1095 version was $114.00
I wanted this knife for about 3 years. This is the best price I ever saw aside from used on ebay once or twice. Glad I waited because getting to choose my color combo was a big plus to me.
I have this knife, It's a great knife. also, this is the cheapest 154CM version you may find anywhere.
If you get the 1095, I would suggest buying Sentry Solutions TUF-CLOTH as a rust inhibitor. I have it and it's outstanding.
Illinois_knife_guy
I don't know anything about this knife, but +1 on the TUF-CLOTH recommendation. I use it on all my carbon steel blades including my LT Wright baby.
5mm thick blade, Isn't that way to thick? To me bushcraft is primarily carving green wood.
A great looking knife, ... hope my wife will let me buy this.
it-man
Better to ask for forgiveness...
alcemistU235
That's what I did :-). Sent her the link and she said "Oh, that's nice" but I heard "you really should buy it"
Any thoughts on 154CM vs 1095?
I have two of the brown handled 1095 knives and, yes, they are great knives.
I live in a wet environment, and it seems like a stainless might be better. But I don't use my knife for an extended period, so 1095 has held up well for me.
I wonder if anyone has used both, and has a clear preference for the performance of one steel over the other.
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K.T.N
These guys are a couple of eggs, but if you can get past this it is actually a very good review/test on the 154cm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VKWtmyaqpM
Tasselhoff
I love the DBK reviews, goofy and informative.
If I am not mistaken, this might be the best price ever for the CPM154 versions. I might need a couple!
looks sharp.
Another huge thumbs up for this knife from me. I have two, one I use and the other I keep as a backup. This price appears to be decent, I paid a little more for mine awhile back with one of em being used from EBay. The only criticisms I have is that the sheathe is kinda fiddley, and it's a somewhat heavy knife. They definitely shouldn't be deal breakers. The steel holds up well to abuse and returns to a scary sharp edge with several swipes on my SharpMaker. Typical TOPS quality all around.
KnifeGuy
It's heavy due to being way over built. Just like most TOPS knives, they are tanks.
namhod
Absolutely. I don't disagree with you. I will say that in the case of this knife, it's a feature. I used the but of the knife to hammer in tent-stakes on a recent camping trip with no problems.
Hands down one of the best all around bushcraft knives out there. I already have the 154cm version, debating buying another!
...aaaaaand I'm broke and can't afford it LOL. This one is on my wish list.