Into the Ama­zon

Knives Illustrated - - Personal Defense -

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.

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