A collaborative effort unveils a rugged new design.
The first results from the new collaboration Buck Knives has forged with Tops Knives blends the talents of two Idaho knifemakers. The two companies have set out to produce a new series of knives designed to be reliable tools for those who protect and serve our country and her residents.
The collaborators have combined features and benefits for which these two firms have long been known. The first knife is the Model TBT-001. It is a liner-lock folder with a .065-inch liner, and has a G10 handle—a variation based on those from Buck’s Bravo and Bravo Rescue models. It’s planned for a September launch.
The Tops-designed blade is a 3 1/2-inch modified tanto blade made of .175-inch-thick ATS 34 stainless steel. The blades are heat-treated by Paul Bos and finished with Buck’s Edge2xTM. There are several carrying options, with a reversible steel clip for pocket or belt, and a sheath is also available. Suggested retail is to be between $125 and $150.
Adding versatility to the Buck/Tops TBT-101 is an optional tool kit. This kit includes a hex driver, which attaches securely to the compatible socket on the end of the knife handle, along with multiple bits and screwdrivers. “We view this as another healthy step toward fulfilling our American commitment, bringing together two companies in the USA to meet knife needs of…of people who protect and serve our country,” says CJ Buck, president and CEO of the Post Falls, Idaho company. “It’s especially satisfying to team up with a quality firm like Tops.”
Mike Fuller, owner and president of Idaho Falls–based Tops Knives, agreed. Fuller says, “In this ever-changing world we live in, we are looking forward to this partnership that allows us to bring to market the best tools possible for the people who protect us on a daily basis. With many companies going overseas for production, we are pleased to join with Buck in a mutual dedication to staying right here in the USA.”
By KI Staff
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