Tops makes dozens and dozens of interesting fixed blades from tiny neck knives to large camp/combat knives. My review is of one of their small, personal carry fixed blades called the Baghdad Bullet.
The Bullet is sized so that it can be carried every day in place of (or in addition to) a folding knife. Here are it’s Specs:
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
O/A Length: 6 1/4″
Cutting Edge: 2 7/8″
Blade Color: Tactical Gray
Steel: 1095 High Carbon Alloy RC-58
Handle Material: Blue/Black G-10
Sheath: Kydex With a Multi Position Spring Steel Clip
Weight: 4.4 oz.
Weight w/ Sheath: 6.1 oz.
The Bullet is well made with excellent overall fit and finish. On my sample the blade coating is consistent with no signs of wear after two weeks of constant use. Dark red spacers between the micarta scales and 1095 blade add a nice, custom-like touch.
Tops supplies a molded kydex sheath with a belt clip that can be moved for vertical or horizontal carry. I’ve been carrying it clipped inside my waistband which makes for a very discrete arrangemet. You could also remove the clip entirely and slip the sheathed knife into a front pocket.
The Bullet locks securely into the sheath with no fear that it will slide back out on its own.
Every personal carry knife is a bit of a compromise. It needs to be small enough to be discretely carried but not so small as to be useless. Tops pulls off the compromise quite well with the Bullet. The handle, while small, fits my hand well and I found it to be quite useable.
My sample came sharp out of the box and remained sharp through two weeks of consistent carry and use. I prefer stainless steels but the blade coating on the Bullet should keep the 1095 rust free. I have a put a Tops Wolf Pup (with a similar coating) through a good bit of use and abuse over several years and it has held up well.
The one aspect of the Bullet that I would change is its blade thickness: it’s just too thick for slicing, box cutting and other every-day uses. In my opinion a thinner blade, say 1/8″, would be much more usable while giving up nothing in strength. It would also make for a lighter carry package.
I’ve really enjoyed carrying the Bullet for the past few weeks. There is an impression of ruggedness and dependability with a fixed blade – even a tiny fixed blade – that you just don’t get with a folder.
The Bullet is made by Tops in Idaho. Retail prices are around $80, cheaper at some of the online retailers.