When TOPS started building knives for bushcraft outside of the tactical knives with a survival flair, black traction coating and tan canvas Micarta handles were the option on most. As TOPS has continued to be successful in that arena, many colors and finishes have been offered, but the tan and black color combo remains to be one of THE classic looks. Enter the Reserve Edition. Like a prized, single-malt, aged scotch, or a top shelf cigar, the Baja 4.5 Reserve Edition looks every bit as good as those classics and comes with a quality double-stitched brown leather sheath to complete the look. So nice, you’ll want to wear it to your next black-tie affair or maybe just out into the woods. Either way, it’ll look great and get the job done.
Unlike TOPS’ other models in the 4 to 4.5-inch range, this one is 5/32” thick. That thickness along with a full flat grind gives it strength over 1/8” blades but allows it to maintain superb cutting capabilities since it’s slightly thinner than 3/16”. Our professional heat treat gives a long-lasting edge that is easy to re-sharpen once it is eventually needed. The jimping on the spine and along the finger guard is ideal for a solid grip in hard use or slippery conditions. Due to the thinner blade, it gives you better precision and greater range from making delicate cuts to cutting thick branches with ease.