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TOPS Mini Scandi Folding Knife

TOPS Mini Scandi Folding Knife

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How handfilling is the handle if at all? Would the handle be a similarly handfilling as a Benchmade Mini Griptilian for example? And what is the angle of the grind?
j0lee
definitely thicker than a minigrip. It’s thicker than I had expected but it fits my large hands nicely.
So uh... paying for the "Made in the USA" mark? Seems a bit overpriced otherwise.
MaxwellDemonic
Not really overpriced. N690 is a great steel, and micarta handles are excellent for use. What exactly is overpriced about this? There's production N690 knives that go for well over $50 more.
pyrobunny
N690 isn't that significantly different from other steels in the budget range. It's around the same edge retention and corrosion resistance as 440C. Micarta, G10, and FRN are all around the same cost to produce. So the question is, why is the cost of this knife higher than knives that are made with equivalent material types? There are knives posted here that are equivalent or better quality at a cheaper rate and the only difference is country of origin. It doesn't matter much to me where the blade comes from so long as it's competently made and affordable.
I don't own any Tops knives never even held one. I think I'm going to give this one a try
I’ve had one for a few months now. A bit disappointed in the finish work. Mine does not have that two tone micarta look ( solid reddish color) and the blade also is all shiny unlike all the photos I see. I traded it for another but got the same thing in return. Came very sharp but the first time I tried whittling a piece of seasoned pine, it destroyed the edge in minutes. Worked my way up to a 20 deg. micro before it would hold an edge reasonably.
just got my knife, cant be any happier, razor sharp smooth action, #love it
Like the knife's design, but not crazy about the fiberboard appearance of the scales. Is this desirable to others? Kind of gives it a cheap Home Depot kind of feel.
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glennac
I'm a big fan of micarta. If you're unfamiliar, it has an interesting, clothlike texture but its still hard plastic. But yeah, the color's a little cardboardy. I think the material changes color a bit when it's handled a lot. I wonder how the colors change?
blendergasket
Put a drop of vegetable oil on the handle and rub it in. The handle darkens and shows what looks to be 5 years of patina. The oil soaks in or evaporates and.... The micaeta returns to normal after a few hours.
This Tops knife is turning out to be one of my favorite EDC knives. I switch out every few days but this knife seems to get in my rotation more than others. Right size , Right weight and just all around great Top's knife!
UPDATE: I've had this knife for about 5 months and I still love it, HOWEVER... It took me three tries before I got one that didn't have a bent blade or liners. Apparently there was/is an issue at the factory which I suspect might be behind the last drop not making. But I worked with TOPS directly and they were very helpful and eventually made things right. So check your blade and liners carefully for any deviations.
That said, this is one of the sharpest knives I own. As it has already been pointed out, this is not a 'true' scandi grind because of a micro bevel, but that doesn't effect the performance one bit. I wonder if smaller folding knives with thinner blade stocks just have inherent issues with that particular grind. It's the same story with my Spyderco Nilakka and there's an interesting thread on their forum where Sal himself explains why it was necessary to halt production and add a micro bevel to prevent rolling.
All said, this is a unique combination of materials and design that would make a nice addition for casual collectors. There are far too few folders with micarta scales, in my opinion.
I was always lead to believe that a frame lock was superior to a liner lock. If that's the case, its an interesting choice for a scandi grind which are primarily used for bush crafting
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This isn't a true Scandi, it has a microbevel.
pyrobunny
not relevant
Soooooo. This drop actually gonna ship this time around?
I just received the following very frustrating update:
Hello,We are reaching out regarding your order for the TOPS Mini Scandi Folding Knife.It has been brought to our attention that the item you ordered has become backordered, and we do not know if more inventory will become available. Since we are unable to guarantee that we will receive this item from the vendor, we had to cancel your order and issue a full refund to your original payment method.
At least MD offered a $10 credit, but the situation is nonetheless quite frustrating. Is this a common occurrence?
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One on Amazon for $140... Gonna pass on that price.
namhod
Yeah same, thank you very much though for responding.
I just bought this a few weeks ago and love it save for a few things:
First the lock is terrible. So much so that it doesn't lock Everytime the knife is open and is BARELY keeping the blade locked at any given time. It is also very stiff/difficult to disengage.
The only other complaint is the clip. It sits in front of the lanyard hole on one side and even though it is tight as it can go it jingles and sounds like its moving when you touch it or shake the knife. More of annoyance than anything. Otherwise I LOVE this knife. Love the blade (sharpest knife I have out of the box) and scales and action on it and despite it's flaws it might be my favorite knife I currently own. Ive loved the scandi trekkers for awhile so to get one as a folder is just awesome.
Crap! I just paid over $100 on Amazon—at least it comes in today. It sure is nice to see someone using micarta for a change—makes sense it would be TOPS since fixed blades are where we see most of it. I don't understand its rarity and the wide range of price points it shows up at—I just bought a Kershaw Crown in 8cr and micarta for $12. /rant
I love the choices TOPS made with this one. The rough-n-tumble stonewash matches well with the linen micarta to create a no-nonsense utilitarian aesthetic. A manual bearing flipper in N690Co/Cobalt Vanadium and tip-up carry seals the deal. At $90 it beats any of the prices I've seen... and paid, dammit.
Nice-looking, apparently robust knife and seems like a decent price at $92.74 including US postage; you can preorder on SMKW with a 10% off coupon that totals $92.48. I wonder whether the complaints I've heard about their fixed-blades (TOPS BOB) apply here as well? Those being: 1. Not a true Scandi? 2. Not a flat 90º grind on the spine? Not crazy about the clip, doesn't seem quite like a match for the overall aesthetic. Also, NB, unlike with most MD knife drops that fail to state the country of origin, this knife appears to be made in Italy (Maserin), not China.
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Thank you, checking it out now. Much obliged.
sudeva
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