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TOPS Yacare Machete: A Knife Multi-Tool for Bushcraft, Survival, Bug Out Bags, and Camping

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The TOPS Yacare is a design from Craig Powell, the General Manager at TOPS Knives out in Idaho. This is his first knife design that has come to production and to him I say, “Well-done, sir.” This thing is a great overall camp tool. It slices, it chops, you can do some feather sticking, you can process firewood. If you like something like the ESEE Junglas, but you want more belly and a high saber grind, check out the Yacare.

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7 thoughts on “TOPS Yacare Machete: A Knife Multi-Tool for Bushcraft, Survival, Bug Out Bags, and Camping

  1. I categorize my choppers by weight, that’s what I’m carrying and what I’m swinging (for the most part, balance is the other factor). The most used choppers in my system fall in the approx 16 to 20 oz range, that’s comfortable enough to carry on me (not a pack) and gets done most of what I actually do on a recreational trip (not calorie counting survival). So the yacare would be my heavy camp chopper, a role currently filled by either the kabar choppa or crkt kangee tac tomahawk. These are paired with a hunting knife, the kershaw diskin (for utility, food prep, skinning and filleting) and a folder, the finn wolf or a victorinox walker or both(for woodworking only), total weight 24 to 30 oz. I do carry a saw, the silky pocket boy, but honestly it rarely gets used, the wood I’m processing is around an inch to 4 inches, for tent stakes, camp firewood, pot hooks and poles to hold the pots and it just seems faster to chop through it in five or six swings than the saw through this size.

  2. The safest way to use a knife and lanyard is to put the lanyard loop over your thumb and loop the lanyard over the back of your hand and then hold the knife. that way if you lose the grip of the knife it doesn’t stick you.

  3. Seems like a neat design, but it wouldn’t really fit into my system. I usually go with a folding saw, fixed blade (usually the Tops Brakimo), and a Swiss Army Knife.
    Do you think you could take a peek at the Camillus CK-9. It’s Camillus designed but Tops makes it. It looks like a really sweet blade, but there aren’t any reviews on it.

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