TOPS Knives El Chete ELCH Fixed 12" 1095 Carbon Steel Blade, Micarta Handle, Kydex Sheath
TOELCH01: El Chete, Green Canvas Handles
How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete.
This blade was designed with one thought in mind... chopping! With a 0.25" thick blade that is a full foot long, it is perfect for chopping actions. Even though it's so large, the knife still weighs in at 2 pounds.
El Chete is the first TOPS knife to be released with their wicked finish called Acid Rain. Because of the process TOPS uses, the finish varies slightly from knife to knife so that each person gets something unique. They wanted the handles to be thick enough to fill each user's hand like a hatchet or small ax handle would, so we decided to use sandwiched Micarta. It's well rounded for comfort and the black canvas Micarta underneath the green canvas Micarta adds even more to the aesthetics of this piece.
The sheath is an out-the-front design with all the bells and whistles. You just pull up slightly then out the front so that you don't have to strain to pull the knife all the way up through the sheath. There is a strap that when snapped into place, helps immensely with the retention of the blade. They've also made it available with their rotating spring steel clip or a leather dangler attachment so that each user picks the right fit for him or her.
If you're in the market for a large knife, you've definitely found it.
- Blade Length: 12.0"
- Overall Length: 17.50"
- Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.25"
- Blade Hardness: 56-58HRC
- Blade Style: Reverse Tanto
- Blade Finish: Acid Rain
- Handle Material: Green Canvas
- Sheath Material: Kydex
- Weight: 29.5 oz.
- Made in the USA
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.
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
This product is USA born and raised.
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