As a Vietnam Veteran, Andy Tran’s father taught him life-saving survival and outdoor skills he mastered throughout his life. With the seed for the great outdoors planted at such an early age, Andy it seems was destined to revolve his life around the wilderness in one fashion or another. From his first pocket knife at age 7, Andy fell in love with the blade and has now created the TOPS Tahoma Field Knife. Through first-hand experience in the field, this knife is ready to tackle any survival need you should encounter
Tran spends the majority of his time traversing the woods of the Pacific Northwest, shooting wilderness videos to fill his InnerBark YouTube channel. His videos are both educational and informative for anyone traveling into the unknown. As a trained cinematographer who’s paid to shoot outdoor and sports footage on the clock, all of his videos are well produced, clean and easy to watch. If EDC, blade sharpening, paracord, bowfishing, flashlights and guns are buzz words in your head, definitely head on over to his channel.
The Tahoma Field Knife is designed to provide anything the outdoor professional would need in a knife. “My load out for my camera is sometimes 45 lbs, and that’s not including any food or equipment for my-self to keep me alive. Designing a knife that would keep my weight down to a minimum and comfortable for all day use was really the goal.” said Andy. His background in tinkering, and fundamental knowledge of physics, and human movement was the foundation and basis of development for the Tahoma Field Knife.
The tip has a double edge, used as a backup blade in the event the main edge should become dull during an extended period of time without a means to sharpen. The notch on the spine of the blade is used for scoring materials to create a weak point to break, as well as break wire by work hardening it, and pulling pots and similar items out of a fire. The thumb ramp has a hole in it for a forward wrist lanyard popular in cutting contests as well as aid in lashing the knife to the end of a stick to make a spear. The finger choil makes bringing the hand closer to the blade possible for fine carving tasks. The choil also creates a secondary “tip” for carving or notching etc.
The overall shape of the handle is made for ergonomics, and to give the user a better grasp like on a machete. Dual spindle sockets for a bow drill make it safe to use left or right hand operation. On the pommel of the knife is a pry bar, shaped and positioned so that if given a “backseat” grip on the knife during chopping, it would not cut, or wear into your hand. Every feature is integrated into the knife to work with each other, as well as be instinctual to the user so that it feels like an extension of the body.
Whether you’re in the field collecting specimens, or in the field defending freedom, the Tahoma Field Knife is a reliable companion in an uncertain world.
Tahoma Field Knife Features:
- O/A Length:13 15/16″
- Top Edge: 2 3/4″
- Actual Cutting Edge: 7 5/16″
- Thickness: 3/16″
- Steel: 1095 HighCarbon Steel RC 56-58
- Handle: Tan Canvas Micarta
- Blade Finish: Black River Wash
- Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
- Weight: 1lb 2oz
- Weight w/ Sheath: 1lb 8.3 oz
- Designed by: Andy Tran
- Manufactured in the Rocky Mountains, USA
How to field sharpen your knife:
Here is a look inside TOPS Knives as they build a Tahoma Field Knife: