A Little Tough Love
Tops Baja 3.0 Fixed Blade—Big-Knife Features
In A Small Package.
Several of my friends prefer carrying a small fixed blade over a folding knife, and they have solid reasons. First off, it’s easier and quicker to employ a sheath knife. You simply draw it from its sheath and boom there it is. No fumbling around opening a blade.
Secondly, unless you’re taking on a brick wall or Sherman tank, there’s very little chance of failure with a fixed blade. No mechanism, no lock, no pivot—just one piece of sharp steel with a handle on it. If you’re predisposed to the same kind of thinking, the TOPS Knives Baja 3.0 just might be your knife.
The Baja 3.0 is 6.25 inches in overall length, 3 inches of that in a stout drop-point blade. Notching on the backside of the blade serves for an enhanced thumb grip. Green Micarta handle scales—grooved for added purchase—make for sure handling and a nicely sized lanyard hole resides at the base. The blade is easy-to-sharpen 1095 high-carbon steel, powder coated in an attractive Desert Tan to help keep the rust monster away. The Baja 3.0 comes with a well-made, double stitched black leather sheath that allows for either vertical or lateral belt carry, or you can just park it in a side or back pocket and carry it “woods walker” style.
The Baja 3.0 may be a small fixer, but it comes to play. Some knives just feel tough. This is one of those. The 1095 steel is non-stainless, but that’s why many serious users prefer it. It can be sharpened in the field without special mediums like diamond or ceramic and requires only the occasional light coat of oil along the edge to prevent corrosion. TOPS sells the Baja 3.0 at a nickel shy of a 100 bucks: a small, very reasonable price to pay for a little tough love!
By Pat Covert
TOPS BAJA 3.0
MAKER: TOPS Knives
P.O. Box 2544
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Blade steel: 1095 High carbon steel
Closed length: 6.25 inches
Blade length: 3 inches
Weight: 3 ounces
Handle: Green canvas Micarta
Carry: Black leather sheath