TOPS’ latest release brings Grandpa’s Ax to life. The full-tang belt ax is named after its designer, TOPS President Leo Espinoza’s father.

Tool making is often passed down from father to son, not usually the other way around. But, in this case, TOPS President Leo Espinoza’s father caught the design bug from his son. The 11-inch Grandpa’s Ax was his first ever design.

TOPS Grandpa’s Ax Takes Down the Competition

Lorenzo Espinoza Sr. originally designed the ax as a personal project. But the crew at TOPS found themselves mesmerized by the lightweight, efficient product. So much so, that Grandpa’s Ax was entered into an internal design competition among TOPS employees and ultimately declared the winner. “When he drew up the design, it wasn’t really for the contest; it was because he wanted a tool that was going to be personal to him,” TOPS Knives’ Craig Powell explains.


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