Into the Amazon
Having first seen machetes in Costa Rica, on the hips of local folks and in decorative pieces, TOPS Knives GM, Craig Powell, designed the Yacare 10.0 after returning from his trip to the Amazon jungle in Leticia, Colombia on a Bushcraft Global expedition. Looking back on the machetes he saw in Costa Rica, he liked that they weren’t quite like the typical Central-american-style machete, but instead had more of a barong style, which is where the design influence for the Yacare 10.0 originated. Not considering himself a knife designer, he elicited help from TOPS Knives President, Leo Espinoza, to ensure that it was a design that would be functional and fit well within the TOPS Knives line. The Yacare 10.0 is not the only TOPS Knives design that was inspired by jungle experience. The company also offers the Frog Market Special, Brakimo and Tanimboca Puukko, to name a few.