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Description
TOCUT40: C.U.T. 4.0 Combat Utility Tool
Tops Knives
 
Having a martial arts background, Joshua Swanagon has done some training with the karambit and is a fan of ring style knives and their prowess in combative applications. However, also being an avid outdoorsman, he has found them to be less than ideal as field utility blades. So he set out to make a knife that could combine those disciplines and decided to call it the C.U.T. 4.0 (Combat Utility Tool).

It is a combative, ring-knife with a utility style blade for field use. The curved handle and ring of a karambit provide superior comfort during combative use, and a traditional drop point blade profile is ideal in the field. The aggressive tip provides for maximum penetration during combat, allowing the C.U.T. 4.0 to penetrate body armor and heavy clothing much easier while also being useful for drilling chores during fieldcraft tasks.

The C.U.T. 4.0 was designed with professional personnel in mind, but will also make a great EDC for civilians and martial artists who like the diversity of a dual purpose knife.

Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combative training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 4.25"
  • Cutting Edge: 4"
  • Overall Length: 8.5"
  • Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.19"
  • Blade Hardness: 56-58 HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Weight: 6.3 oz.
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 9.0 oz.
  • Designer: Joshua Swanagon
  • Made in the USA
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel (it will rust) and most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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Christian
Hattingen, Other
Jun 08, 2016
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Solid field tool
This knife is as robust as a knife can get. Its not a lightweight, but handles pretty well. Ring gives good grip but grip is also good with no finger through the ring, so knife can be drawn very quick. The edge is extremely sharp, as I expected from 1095 steel. Carbon Steel is the only steel I want in my knifes, because Stainless can never really compare to a good tool steel in my experience. Add the superb TOPS heat treatment to this and you get a knife with a rather thick and solid blade, that can still slice tomatoes thin like a chefs knife! Sheath is also top notch, very solid retention. The only drawback I found is that this knife can only be comfortably hold in reverse grip with the edge facing away from you, but thats not a big deal and had to be expected from the geometry.