TOPS TP10-BRK Wolf Pup Review

Want the perfect neck knife? Love fixed-blade EDCs? The TOPS TP10-BRK Wolf Pup might be what you're looking for. This is Sam's review.
Wolf Pup TP10-BRK

Do you prefer the small size of an EDC with the fixed blade ruggedness of a big knife?  Maybe TOPS’ TP10-BRK Wolf Pup is what you’re after.  This is a small knife (careful when holding it, you enthusiasts with large hands) with a full-tang 1095 steel.  It’s sharp and it’s perfect for carrying on your belt or around your neck.

Specs

  • Knife Type: Fixed Blade
  • Overall Length: 5.25″ (133mm)
  • Blade Length: 2.50″ (64mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.50″ (64mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.130″ (3.3mm)
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 4 oz (113.4g)
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 5.6 oz (158.8g)
  • Sheath Weight: 1.6 oz (45.4g)
  • Sheath Included: Yes
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex
  • Sheath Clip: Rotating Spring Steel

TL;DR

Pros:
Versatile
Lightweight
Can be worn easily around the neck
Easily sharpened
Holds an edge well

Cons:
Not very rust-resistant
Must be careful when drawing it
Doesn’t carry on the left side well

Table of Contents

First Impressions

The TOPS Wolf Pup is kind of like the little knife that could.  It’s a rather versatile tool despite its small size and can work as an EDC blade, a camping knife, and might even come in handy in certain survival situations.  I wouldn’t feature it in our post about the best survival knives, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come in handy in a pinch.

Since it has a compact size, it works great for camping or hiking, especially hiking when you may not want a heavy monster knife to drag around.  Meanwhile, it has a black traction coating that makes it easier to perform outdoor tasks despite being a small knife.

Of course, it also works as an EDC knife.  I like my little Spyderco Ladybug III best as an EDC but some people prefer fixed-blades and just don’t like folding knives as well.

As for holding it, I have smallish hands and didn’t have a problem.  If I were to carry a fixed-blade EDC, it would be the Wolf Pup.  If, on the other hand (no pun intended), you have bigger hands, be careful when handling it.

If there’s anything bad to say about this knife it’s that it’s high carbon, so be careful about rust.  It also can only be drawn with the right hand, so take that into consideration.

Blade

The TOPS TP20-BRK Wolf Pup is forged out of 1095 carbon steel, which has great durability and edge retention but sucks royally if you’re around water often.  I wouldn’t take this knife into watery areas because you’ll rust the edge.  The rest of the blade is coated, but the edge isn’t and you’ll have to wipe it down and oil it often.

Otherwise, it’s surprisingly easy to sharpen for a high-carbon blade.  You can easily use whetstones or even rods.

It has a nice point and a generous belly, which lends to the knife’s overall versatility.  There really isn’t much it can’t do.

Handle

The Wolf Pup’s handle is made from black linen Micarta and features an ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip.  The Micarta is moisture-resistant and its contouring offers a secure enough grip for most people.  This grip also adds to the versatility of the TOPS Wolf Pup, making it easy to use for a variety of tasks.

The full-tang also extends beyond the handle, so you have a nifty little impact tool.  This can be a good thing in survival situations, but I’ve never had to use it on mine before.

Be warned, however, that the jumping aligns to the index finger position, so your finger might slip a little if you have big hands or grab the knife in a strange way.  Maybe get a feel for it first before you decide to commit to carrying it on your belt or around your neck.

Weight

If you like neck knives, I highly recommend the TOPS TP10-BRK because it has both a lanyard hole and is incredibly light.  This isn’t one of those small knives that’s surprisingly hefty; this knife is a lightweight little tool and would be perfect worn around the neck.  You’re very likely to just forget you have it at all no matter where you carry it, though.

Carry and Deployment

The Kydex sheath keeps the knife secure, but there are a couple of drawbacks.  The first is that it doesn’t have much versatility in how it’s carried.  Yes, it makes a perfect neck knife, but what if you want to carry it on your belt?

Well, you can’t carry it scout style, and it’s right-hand carry only.  If you prefer to carry your knives on your left hip, you’ll have to think about how important that is to you before buying this.

Final Thoughts

The TOPS TP10-BRK is a nice knife with few drawbacks.  Great for hiking or as an EDC, this knife will please just about everyone.  Remember to practice with it, though, because it’s easy to cut your fingers.

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