Next Tuesday, a small batch of Pre-Production Fieldcraft Folders will be released on the TOPS Knives website. It will be the first opportunity for fans to get their hands on one since the company unveiled a prototype folder version of their best selling fixed blade 18 months ago at SHOT Show 2016.
Limited to just 50 numbered pieces, it marks the only time that TOPS has ever offered a collectible. “The overwhelming popularity of the fixed blade version combined with the anticipation told us that if any TOPS knife needed some collectability, the Fieldcraft folder is it,” TOPS Knives’ Craig Powell tells us. With so few available and so much pent-up demand, Powell acknowledges that a portion of the knives could end up in the hands of knife speculators.
Each knife comes with a serialized box, a cleaning mat, a bottle of maintenance oil, and a whistle. Idaho-based TOPS tells us they produced the pre-production folders to full production specs. The 4.5-inch 1095 carbon steel blade is the same length as its fixed blade predecessor. With a thick steel liner lock and its micarta scales, the knife tips the scales at 8.1 ounces. The pre-production Fieldcraft Folders will go up for sale at 1 pm Mountain time on July 18 and orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
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