We just lately returned from Blade Present, an occasion that serves as a venue for knife producers to indicate off their latest merchandise. One such merchandise got here from TOPS Knives — it’s new, but in addition acquainted. The TOPS Fieldcraft 3.5 is a scaled-down model of the favored Brothers of Bushcraft (B.O.B.) Fieldcraft, an outdoor-oriented fastened blade knife we beforehand reviewed and have used ceaselessly.
The unique B.O.B. Fieldcraft has been certainly one of TOPS’ best-selling designs, in addition to certainly one of our favorites from the corporate. Its 4.5-inch, 1095 high-carbon metal blade includes a modified Scandi grind that’s glorious for tenting, searching, bushcraft, or survival duties. Nonetheless, some customers choose a smaller and lighter knife, particularly in the event that they’re additionally carrying an ax or noticed for heavy-duty duties. TOPS has responded to those customers by releasing the Fieldcraft 3.5.
Technically, the Fieldcraft 3.5 has a 3-5/8-inch blade, however “Fieldcraft 3.625” would’ve been a bit awkward as a reputation. It nonetheless has the identical 1095 metal building, modified Scandi grind, black traction coating, and canvas micarta deal with scales as its huge brother. The metal is barely slimmer at 0.16 inches thick (the unique was 0.19) and has a flush-ground tang as an alternative of the hammer pommel current on the full-size mannequin. Weight is 5.5 ounces, down from the unique’s 9.6 ounces.
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MSRP for the brand new TOPS Fieldcraft 3.5 is $145, and this features a Kydex sheath with rotating spring metal belt clip. Not like the unique Fieldcraft, this smaller knife doesn’t include a sheath-mounted ferro rod, however we are able to perceive the reasoning behind this given the aim of decreasing dimension and weight. For extra info on the Fieldcraft 3.5, go to TOPSKnives.com.