TOPs Knives has come up with one heavy duty outdoor knife that would catch the eye of any outdoor enthusiast! But first let’s talk about the designer of this knife. TOPs has taken the initiative to hire Amanda Kaye who was in Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” television series. She hunts and loves living outdoors! Who else would be the perfect person to build a perfect outdoor knife? Amanda is the first female knife designer at TOPs knives.
The knife is called, “A-Klub!” The massive blade is just over 12 inches of .19-inch-thick 1095 spring steel in the company’s subdued Acid Rain finish. Overall length: 18 inches and 23.8-ounce. What the heck right!!
This design inspiration was modeled after the 18th & 19th centuries Native Americans gunstock war club. With the handle a green Micarta® makes it very lightweight and durable with a full tang. The holder is designed with a side-break Kydex rig for an easy, fast exit when you deploy it.
Just picking up the handle makes you wonder what kind of damage you can cause with it. Very impressive as you swing it back and forth chopping wood or whatever you need for it. Check out what TOPs knives has to say:
Designed by Amanda Kaye
TOPS is famous for many things. Three that are important to us are: differentially heat treated 1095 blades, over-built unique designs, and working with outside designers. The A-Klub hits all three of those categories squarely. It is also the first to be released by TOPS that was designed by a woman. Amanda Kaye is probably best known for having appeared on Naked and Afraid. Aside from her TV appearances, AK has been an avid hunter and student of Native American primitive skills. She is no stranger to hard work. So it seems fitting that the first female designed TOPS knife would be a large, heavy working tool. Many of the design features came from Native American influences. Namely a weapon known as a “gunstock war club”.
The forward sweeping edge widens toward the tip, which enables it to chop very similarly to a Kukuri design. At the pommel, the handle widens a bit to make it easy to hold on to when chopping heavily. The dangler Kydex sheath allows the knife to move around as you’re walking to it’s less likely to get caught up while walking through tall grass or brush and is held securely in place with a beta loop. If you like Kukuri designs, but you’re looking for something a little different, the A-Klub is sure to impress.
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
|Blade Steel||1095 RC 56-58|
|Blade Finish||Acid Rain|
|Handle Material||Green Canvas Micarta|
|Weight w/ Sheath||33.0oz|
|Sheath Material||Black Kydex|
This is one blade you need in any survival situation. Head over to TOPs knives and pick one up. Until next time