Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness
Thick little SOB
I bought this blade for BSA outings with my son. I had been looking for a small fixed blade made to put up with harsh abuse, so naturally I turned to TOPS. Now, intuitively, I know that a .25" blade is thick, but its hard to gauge just how thick the edge will be until you get it. Normally, this thickness of blade spine requires a long, wide blade in order to be ground to a tolerable edge thickness. Since this blade is so short, the edge is left extremely thick. So thick, in fact, that "box cutter" could not be more inappropriate. Now, I like TOPS, but this blade should have been 3/16ths thick and lightly hollow ground to allow for a strong, yet razor sharp edge. I gave this beast a '3' because It will hold up to hard use - its .25" thick afterall - the fit and finish were excellent - though the sheath leaves something to be desired - and it looks slick, but it would be better suited as an unsharpened prybar/shank than the necker it is marketed as.