One of my favorite fixed blades is the TOPS Lite Trekker. It is a little lightweight knife that performs in a heavier weight class. I picked mine up at the 2015 Blade Show. Seems a company was offering free laser engraving with your purchase. Somehow, the wrong name was lasered into the steel and I found it marked down on the last day of the show.
Why would I want a knife with someone else’s name on it, especially a misspelled name with lots of tricky letters and vowels?
Simple, I had the retailer laser out the name, leaving me with just the show date. Later, I wrote an article about it for Knife Magazine. Yes, Mr. Pasknyuskas III’s knife worked out well for me.
The knife locks into a deep kydex sheath with a positive click. It’s not about to bounce out and be lost in the weeds because you took a fall. The overall length is 8.75 inches long. The blade measures out to 4.25 inches long. The Lite Trekker weighs in at 5.1 ounces.
TOPS describes the blade as a Hunters Point. I see it as a basic drop point. The steel is 1095 carbon, so a little oil and blade dressing is needed to keep the edge in great shape. The steel is hardened to a RC 56-58.
I hear you. I know a bunch of you whiny little mall commandos are telling me you only carry the newest super steel hardened to at least RC 60. I’m not going to attempt to convert you, but remember, hardness and brittleness are related and a bent knife is still a knife but a broken blade is just junk!
I’m going to swap out the olive green paracord for something a little brighter to make it easier to find when I place it on the ground.
The Lite Trekker comes with a variety of color inserts built into the handle. I like mine a lot and you can find it at https://www.topsknives.com/tops-lite-trekker with a MSRP of $195.