Quick Company History

TOPS Knives was founded in 1998. They set out with a mission to create the highest quality knives around. They classify their knives as “tools designed and built using the extensive knowledge and real life experiences of many Operators with backgrounds in Military, Law Enforcement, outdoor professions, and Martial Arts”.

They have worked with designers with backgrounds ranging from Navy Seals, Airborne Rangers, Martial Arts instructors, survival experts, SWAT Team members, and Native American weapons experts. The best part of all – TOPS fixed blades are manufactured and hand-finished right here in the USA, at their facility in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Specs and Review

Blade Length: 4.5″
Blade Thickness: 3/16″
Overall Length: 9.75″
Blade Material: 1095 High Carbon Steel
Blade Finish: Bead Blast Finish
Handle: Black/White Canvas Micarta
Sheath: Black Ballistic Nylon
Weight: 10 oz

Pros

Strong Construction: The TOPS Dragonfly is built strong, from high quality materials. It features a full-tang construction, very nice heat-treated 1095 High Carbon Steel, and durable (and beautiful) Micarta scales. It’s also manufactured and hand-finished right here in the USA.

Quality Steel: The Dragonfly uses the same tough, heat-treated 1095 High Carbon Steel that’s used in the TOPS Fieldcraft BOB. I don’t know what the secret is with their steel, but this thing is a joy to sharpen and holds a fantastic edge. You may notice in the Amazon questions section that people have a hard time striking a ferro rod with this knife, but I don’t know why. I have no problems getting a ferro rod to strike off this thing. It works fine with flint too.

Beautiful Micarta Scales: The scales on the Dragonfly are a gorgeous black and white, canvas Micarta. They’re also very comfortable in the hand. They’re a little smaller than the TOPS Fieldcraft BOB, but I find them very comfortable and secure, regardless of the grip I use. I have to give the edge to the BOB though, the scales on it are perfect for me.

Scandinavian Grind: The Dragonfly has the same awesome Scandi grind as the BOB, which is perfect. The grind is actually considered a “modified Scandinavian grind”, which is basically a Scandi/convex hybrid. If you’ve read many of my knife reviews, you know I’m a little OCD with my grinds – this baby doesn’t disappoint. It can take a TON of abuse from processing firewood and it’s still sharp and functional for detailed carving or skinning…it’s a winner.

Cons

Sheath: If I had one minor concern with the Dragonfly, it would be the sheath – I’m just not a huge fan of nylon sheaths. It’s a personal preference, but it’s a con for me nonetheless. The sheath isn’t a cheap piece of shit, but I’d much rather have a leather sheath, or even a Kydex like they offer with the BOB. My leather making projects are piling up around here.

Conclusion

The TOPS Dragonfly was designed by Caleb Musgrave, who is the founder (and instructor) at Canadian Bushcraft in Ontario. The guy’s a legend and just lives the bushcraft lifestyle. The Dragonfly is a culmination of 7 years worth of research, design, and testing by Mr. Musgrave – and it shows. This is a high quality cutting tool that does it’s job very well.

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If you’re looking for other bushcraft knife options, check out my Best Bushcraft Knives article. It’s a list with 15 of the best bushcraft knives available for any budget.