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TOPS Knives and Buck Knives Collaboration

TOPS_knife_cutoutaTops Knives and Buck Knives have decided to collaborate on a new model together.  The following is direct from the press release about the new model.



First Buck/TOPS Tactical Knife Introduced

New collaborative effort ready to unveil first of their rugged new designs

POST FALLS, IDAHO First results from the new collaboration Buck Knives has forged with TOPS Knives provide solid evidence that blending the talents of two Idaho knifemakers can produce a new series of knives designed to be reliable tools for those who protect and serve our country and its residents.

As announced at the 2009 annual Blade Show in Atlanta, the collaborators have combined features and benefits for which these two firms have long been known and respected. Their first knife, the Model TBT-001 liner-lock folder (with a .065” liner), has a tough G10 handle that is a variation on those from Buck’s rugged Bravo and Bravo Rescue models. It’s planned for a September launch.

The TOPS-designed blade is a 3-1/2” modified Tanto blade, made of 0.175” thick, high-grade ATS 34 stainless steel. For optimum performance, the blades are heat-treated to the exacting standards of world famous heat-treater Paul Bos, and finished with Buck’s advanced Edge2xTM technology that makes the blade sharper out of the box, hold an edge longer and easier to re-sharpen. There are several carrying options, with a reversible steel clip for pocket or belt, and a sheath is also available. MSRP, $125-150.

Adding versatility to the Buck/Tops TBT-101, there is a optional tool kit available. This handy 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 this fine group of people who protect and serve our country,” said 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/president of Idaho Falls-based TOPS Knives, agreed, saying, “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.”

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