TOPS Knives BlackOut Wild Pig Hunter Fixed Blade Knife, 1095 Carbon Black Blade

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The TOPS Knives Exclusive BlackOut edition of the Wild Pig Hunter gives you a 7 1/2" blade built specifically for wild pig hunting. A mature feral hog can weigh over 400 pounds and sport 4 razor sharp tusks. The men who hunt these beasts need to be prepared with the best knives possible--the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter fits the bill. The 1/4" thick 1095 high carbon steel blade has a special BlackOut finish. This hardcore knife has black G10 handle scales with the "Rocky Mountain Tread" for a secure grip in wet, muddy and bloody conditions. It also has red G10 liners. Comes with a special USA made Kydex sheath.

  • O/A Length: 13"
  • Blade Length: 7 9/16"
  • Thickness: 1/4"
  • Steel: 1095 HighCarbon Steel
  • Handle Scales: Black G10 w Red G10 Liners
  • Blade Finish: BlackOut
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Weight: 14.2 oz
  • Designed by: Leo Espinoza
  • Manufactured in the USA


Launched in 1998 to leverage the knowledge and experience of experts from military, law enforcement, martial arts, and outdoor survival backgrounds, TOPS Knives specializes in tools for professionals who depend on their blades to meet hard-core needs in the field. TOPS Knives' founders include a Seal Team Command Master Chief, a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, a former U.S. Army Ranger with advanced Police SWAT expertise, and a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces with a PhD in finance and economics.


TOPS manufactures all its fixed blades at its Idaho headquarters. Many of TOPS Knives' products display the unique talents of Leo Espinoza, vice president of the company as well as one of its principal designers. Mr. Espinoza is known for the minimalist functionality of his designs, which focus on accomplishing practical objectives through straightforward tools. Many of the company's products center around meeting the needs of military and law-enforcement personnel, as well as hunters, survival specialists and others. The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter takes on the challenges of supporting the hunter who tackles the wild pig overpopulation problem that threatens areas throughout the United States.


For 2016, features an exclusive all-black edition of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter, combining the standard edition's restrained design with a special combination of black blade finish and Kydex sheath.


Blade Profile

The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter represents a fixed-blade design for tactical use in dealing with large, aggressive, feral animals that can range up to and above 400 pounds. These pigs possess cunning intelligence along with the size and strength to make them fearsome adversaries. Unlike wild boars, which are undomesticated species found principally in parts of the southernmost United States, feral pigs descend from domestic swine. These foraging animals can devastate agricultural fields, rooting for food just under the surface of the soil. On uncultivated land, wild pigs disturb other species, including bears, deer, and turkeys, present a significant risk of reintroducing swine flu into the U.S., and can spread other pathogens. Wild pigs range throughout 38 U.S. states, from coast to coast and in Hawaii. Their population has tripled since 1990, when they were found in 20 states, up to a population in excess of 6 million. The breadth of their diet makes them disruptive throughout the food chain. Although some predators prey on weakling wild pigs at both ends of the age spectrum, many animals leave the adult animals unchallenged because of their size and strength. Additionally, the predators most likely to eat wild pigs either live outside the areas with the biggest populations of feral swine, exist in limited numbers, or have become extinct from these territories.


To address this impressive prey, the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter uses a spear-point blade shape that narrows symmetrically from spine and cutting edge to a tip that aligns vertically with the midpoint of the height of the blade. Although the truest form of the spear-point shape includes two sharpened edges, this blade profile also appears with one cutting edge and a swedge at the spine. This configuration represents the design of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter's single-edged blade.


The spear-point shape excels as a piercing and thrusting weapon, for use as a throwing knife, and in applications that require a great deal of control of a strong, sharp point. The principal disadvantage of this profile lies in its relative lack of cutting edge for slicing purposes. On blades with asymmetrical shapes, the cutting edge can present a larger curve, which adds more sharpened surface area. Although a spear-point blade can be used for slicing tasks, it's better suited to applications that take advantage of its combination of strength and dagger-like sharp tip. The profile favors tactical use rather than serving as a traditional everyday carry.


A choil on the unsharpened ricasso marks the transition into the cutting edge. The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter includes a full tang blade that runs the complete length of the knife from tip to handle butt. A pair of quillons next to the handle scales help protect the hand from sliding onto the cutting surface. Beginning just before the handle transitions into the blade, a sequence of jimping grooves on the spine of the knife helps facilitate grip.


TOPS Knives hand grinds every knife it makes, using a 25-degree setting on its equipment. The process of hand grinding introduces up to a two-degree range of variation in edge geometry, from 24 to 26 degrees. Because the blade steel used in the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter is formulated to accept a highly sharp edge and be easy to sharpen, it offers less edge retention than the complex steel alloys formulated to heighten these attributes. If your personal sharpening skills leave you dissatisfied with their results, you can return the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter to TOPS Knives for reapplication of a factory-fresh edge. For an additional $15.00 charge, TOPS Knives will add serrations to the blade of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter as well.


Blade Finish

In its standard configuration, the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter features a Black River Wash that slightly reduces the reflectivity of the blade. This look represents the outcome of heat treatment, creating a distinctive line at the edge of the blade that forms uniquely on each knife. TOPS Knives finishes this standard treatment with a clear application of Cerakote. TOPS Knives uses epoxy and ceramic-based coatings on its knives that feature more extensive surface treatment than the Black River Wash.


For the exclusive edition of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter available only to customers, TOPS Knives has added a BlackOut powder coat finish instead of the Black River Wash. This special version of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter offers extra protection against potential corrosion, along with the sleek good looks of an all-black blade to match an all-black handle.


The markings on the blade of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter include a serial number that combines one or more letters to represent the year of manufacture, along with an indicator that identifies an individual knife's sequential position in a production run. In addition to the serial designator unique to each knife, the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter also displays the TOPS Knives logo next to the handle on the left side of the blade, as well as the name of the knife model set in text that runs parallel to the cutting edge just above the midpoint of the blade height. On the right side of the blade, TOPS Knives clearly marks the Wild Pig Hunter as a U.S.A.-made product. Another text identifier parallel to the cutting edge displays the "BlackOut Edition" label that signifies the special-edition exclusive version of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter.


Blade Steel

1095 is a widely available, popular, workhorse of a high-carbon blade steel, among the most commonly chosen steels for the production of knives. 1095's Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, designation describes its carbon content, with the "95" at the end of the number indicating 0.95% carbon. TOPS Knives doesn't disclose the specific formula used in its iteration of 1095, and the basic steel chemistry can come in many variations. However, 1095 typically contains less than 1.00% manganese, often only around 0.40%, and lacks the molybdenum, vanadium, and other elemental components that typify alloy steels. Its relatively small amount of manganese gives 1095 better edge retention but less toughness than other carbon steels in its category that include more of the element.


This is a steel that meets the standards of toughness and durability expected of knives used for survival. It offers a high degree of edge retention married to an easily sharpened edge, and does a good job of resisting chipping. TOPS Knives tailors its heat treatment protocol to maximize edge hardness and minimize brittleness. The company lists its 1095 high-carbon steel at between 56 and 58 on the Rockwell Hardness C scale typically used to evaluate knives.


Because 1095 lacks the chromium content that enables a steel to qualify for the "stainless" designation, it correspondingly lacks the intrinsic corrosion resistance that stainless steels provide. TOPS Knives dresses the blade of the standard-edition Wild Pig Hunter with a special oil treatment to help protect it against potential corrosion from exposure to moisture or humidity in transit. The careful owner will maintain this blade with an eye to limiting any prolonged exposure to potential oxidizing agents.


Handle Materials

The standard feature set of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter includes handle scales made from green Micarta canvas laminate. The exclusive edition of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter features black G10 with red G10 liners. This special version of the knife creates an all-black appearance, with a BlackOut finish on the blade along with the black handle scales.


Along with other thermoplastic laminates such as G10, Micarta consists of a base material impregnated with a resin, molded under heat and pressure into a sturdy, durable, typically lightweight form. George Westinghouse developed Micarta in the first decade of the 20th century, relying on phenolic resins created by Leo Baekeland, the Belgian chemist who earlier had invented Bakelite, the material that launched the modern field of industrial plastics. The Micarta name originates from patents issued to George Westinghouse for materials based on the mineral mica. The laminate has found its way into functional and decorative uses as diverse as aerospace components and household furnishings.


Manufactured by Norplex-Micarta, today's Micarta is a high-performance thermoset composite that may start with canvas, carbon fiber, cork, fiberglass, linen, paper, or other comparable materials, particularly cotton fabrics. The process of producing Micarta begins with the saturation of a substrate with a special resin, which can be epoxy, melamine, phenolic, or silicone. This saturation process introduces excess resin, which must be drained away. Through heat treatment, partial curing transforms the substrate into what Norplex-Micarta calls "pre-preg," which undergoes further heat and pressure processing to turn it into sheets, rods, or tubes. This secondary curing step transforms the combination of substrate and resin into a heat-impervious thermoset composite. Parts made from this material can outlast thermoset composites based on glass fiber reinforcements because they lack the abrasiveness of fiberglass. Micarta offers greater ease in machining than metal does, and because striking it fails to produce a spark, it can be used safely in situations that involve explosive or flammable substances. It maintains its rigidity and form even in high-temperature environments, and under exposure to chemicals, oil, grease, and acids.


Handle Design

The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter incorporates TOPS Knives' famous Rocky Mountain Tread pattern built into the handle scales to assure a safe, secure grip. This pattern consists of a sequence of ridges running the full height of the handle scales, starting at the butt of the handle and continuing all the way forward. Additionally, a series of finger grooves accommodates the hand comfortably as you grasp the knife either in a conventional or a reversed grip, culminating in a small pommel at the end of the handle. On many of TOPS Knives' products, the Rocky Mountain Tread represents an available option that carries an additional $30.00 charge. On the special-edition exclusive version of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter and the stock edition of this knife, the Rocky Mountain Tread pattern comes as a standard feature at no additional cost.


Obviously, a pocket clip offers no workable functionality on a large fixed blade knife such as the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter. Instead, TOPS Knives includes paracord pre-attached through the lanyard hole at the butt of the handle.


Sheath Materials and Design

The standard version of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter comes with a steerhide sheath that includes an angled snap closure for secure retention and a belt loop for easy attachment. For the exclusive edition of the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter, TOPS Knives has created a Kydex sheath specially molded to form fit the blade, and adjusted individually to assure that each one matches the individual knife with which it ships.


Kydex got its start in the 1960s as a component used in aircraft interiors, for which its low flammability offered an additional advantage. Today, it sees use in clean rooms, safety helmets, vehicle cargo liners and fenders, as well as in firearm holsters. Kydex composites two sets of chemical components into one thermoformed material. Its acrylic content makes it rigid and allows it to be formed into parts in myriad shapes. Polyvinyl chloride contributes chemical resistance and tough durability. As a replacement for leather, Kydex offers a waterproof material that forms to fit any object it encloses, with better shape retention and lower friction, along with scratch-resistant hardness.


TOPS Knives molds its Kydex sheaths to offer simple care and easy cleaning. A soap-and-water wash quickly dispenses with any dirt that clings to the exterior of the sheath. The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter's 1095 high-carbon steel blade lacks the alloy formulation to offer resistance to oxidation, so dry the sheath thoroughly and only replace the knife in it when you can assure that all moisture is gone. Drape a towel over a ruler or dowel rod and use it to extract any sand, soil, grit, or dust from the interior of the sheath.


Over time and in use, a Kydex sheath can loosen and require readjustment. Applying a heat gun or hair dryer for between five and 10 seconds at a time from a distance of between two and four inches can soften the sheath material and enable you to apply pressure to it at the retention point that should hold the knife in place. Remove the knife from the sheath to allow the Kydex material to cool without loosening up again. If the sheath fits too tightly, warm it, and then insert and remove the knife. Never soften Kydex beyond the point of partial pliability, or it may lose its shape altogether and fail to function.


Knife Dimensions and Weight

At 13 inches in overall length, with a 7.5 inch blade length and 0.25 inch blade thickness, the TOPS Wild Pig Hunter presents an impressive appearance. The knife weighs 14.2 ounces. Its plain edge is hand ground at 25 degrees.


Other Observations

The TOPS Wild Pig Hunter may be too much knife for an everyday carry for some people, but many hunters and survival trainers pack it as an EDC nonetheless. In its all-black exclusive configuration, this is one big blade with a tactical mission.



TOPS Wild Pig Hunter, BladeOps Exclusive Edition

TOPS Wild Pig Hunter, Standard Edition

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14.2 oz.

14.2 oz.

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Black River Wash





1095 high-carbon steel, HRC 56-58

1095 high-carbon steel, HRC 56-58


Hand ground at 25°

Hand ground at 25°

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Serrations ($15.00)

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