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Tops Scalpel

Post by CLEAR CUT » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:03 pm

This little gem came in by UPS today. Check it out.

Scalpel neck knife by Tops.

Specs:
Blade Length: 2 3/8"
O/A Length: 7"
Thickness: 1/4"
Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta®
Sheath: Kydex With Snap Link
Mfg. Handcrafted in the USA
Here's where I got it from in case anyone is interested-->Tops Scalpel

This thread wouldn't be worth a damn without some pics so here they are--?
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And here it is shown with a Rat RC3 for size comparison--?
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My initial impressions are that it's a top notch little knife. The edge is great right out of the box. The handle fits my hand well and the micarta is snazzy. The kydex sheath and belt clip hold very well.

Rating: ****

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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:05 pm

Nice knife, Clear Cut.

What's the price of one of those ?

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Post by CLEAR CUT » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:07 pm

It was $60 + shipping. Totally worth every penny.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by TheLastRifleMan » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:09 pm

Me Likey! But me financially ruined :cry:

Good price too. I am bookmarking this one so when I have the means, I will pick one up.

I bet this little SOB will take apart a squirrel or rabbit in short order and serve as an everyday tool.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:11 pm

CLEAR CUT wrote:It was $60 + shipping. Totally worth every penny.
That's a pretty good price.

I'll have to order one for myself now.

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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Frank » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:40 pm

beautiful knife...now go scalp some naz'ees.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by CLEAR CUT » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:47 pm

TheLastRifleMan wrote:Me Likey! But me financially ruined :cry:

Good price too. I am bookmarking this one so when I have the means, I will pick one up.

I bet this little SOB will take apart a squirrel or rabbit in short order and serve as an everyday tool.
Sorry to hear that, LRM. Save up for it a little at a time.

Honestly; between this and the Rat RC3, I would pick the Rat. Not that I think this knife is a piece of shit, just that I think for the extra money you'll spend you get a heftier knife and it's the better slicer of the two.

They're still both top notch companies to deal with so either one you do ultimately choose, you get a quality knife and provided you care for it properly you'll have it for many years.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by northernxposure » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:37 pm

I like everything about that little fella but the price. In my world it's 20$ too much.

Priced with the RC3, that's easy - RC3. If it was cheaper.... welllllllllllllllllll - I bet that would make a kick ass caping knife.

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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Tactical Badger » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:05 am

Tried cutting anything with it yet?
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Tonto » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:00 am

Tactical Badger wrote:Tried cutting anything with it yet?

C'mon TB, post what you had to do with yours... c'mon... do it... do it!
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Sworbeyegib » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:09 am

Oh wow, thats pretty.

Is the sheath mean't to be worn on a belt? Or do you plan on carrying as a neck knife?
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Tactical Badger » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:28 am

For Tonto...

http://preparednessjunky.blogspot.com/2 ... alpel.html

...'cuz I love him. Not in a gay sorta' way. Not that there's anything wrong with that....
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by CLEAR CUT » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:50 am

Tactical Badger wrote:For Tonto...

http://preparednessjunky.blogspot.com/2 ... alpel.html

...'cuz I love him. Not in a gay sorta' way. Not that there's anything wrong with that....
I agree with that guy on most of his points including the edge grind.

Although it came somewhat sharp, not quite the hair shaving sharpness of the Rat RC3 I pictured it with for size comparison, it wasn't exactly a butter knife either. I have taken it to some stuff since yesterday including cardboard which it did a rather nice job on. However it did fail the paper test but it did manage to cut it albeit not as well as the Rat.

I'm not kicking myself over the price either. I think it's worth what I paid and will fill a useful role in my gear.
sworbeyegib wrote:Oh wow, thats pretty.

Is the sheath mean't to be worn on a belt? Or do you plan on carrying as a neck knife?
I plan on wearing it on my belt. I may also see if I can take the belt clip thing off and try the molle locks that came with some of my Rat knives to see if they will work.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Twenty-Three » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:57 am

scalpel?

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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by Tactical Badger » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:35 am

As a follow up...to be fair to the knife...once Fitzen reground the edge, it has turned into a decent little cutter. Not great, but decent. The blade thickness hurts it's cutting qualities. I think it could use a little more "belly" to the shape of the blade as well. Sadly, it remains scalpel-esque only in profile.

My biggest gripe has been with Top's absolute lack of response. I certainly hope my experience has been out of the ordinary.
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Re: Tops Scalpal

Post by CLEAR CUT » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:41 am

You're right about the thickness. I believe that's what makes the RC3 the better slicer of the two.

For what I plan on using it for, I don't think that's going to be a problem. In fact, I think it will work out for the better because it's purely going to be a ulitily knife for me.
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Re: Tops Scalpel

Post by TheLastRifleMan » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:46 pm

For what I want to use it for, this knife is perfect.

I have a knife that fits the niche the RC3 would fill, so no sense in picking up something like that.

And thanks for the concern, CC. I do appreciate it. :D
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