The Tex Creek XL is a tribute to those who hunt and fish in the Tex Creek area in Southeast, Idaho. The wildlife management area includes two national forests and is home to an abundance of diverse wildlife and is accessible starting about 10 miles from the TOPS Knives factory. Open range, high rugged mountains, waterways, and large forests provide the outdoors person a variety of diverse terrain to pursue: elk, bear, mountain lion, wolf, moose, pheasant, turkey, quail, rabbit, duck, goose, steelhead and salmon.
The fact that the Tex Creek area is close to TOPS Knives enables their designers and makers the opportunity to field test in their own backyard. Since many of their staff grew up in this area, they have plenty of opportunity to evaluate the use of TOPS Knives' gear under the most adverse conditions. The Tex Creek XL is a fine example of a high quality, great-looking working knife.
Leo Espinoza, the designer, created a new look on this specific blade and it is called "Black River Wash". The uncoated finish clearly shows the heat treat line along the blade edge. The darkened steel pattern is different on every blade. This process creates a "broken in / rustic look" reminiscent of an old pair of comfortable boots. The Micarta scales are screwed onto the handle and a large lanyard tube is at the back of the handle. The handle scales are designed and made for a positive grip and for extended periods of use. The simple and practical design is backed by a sturdy 3/16" thick blade and full tang handle.
This is a top performing knife in the field and feels like an old trusted friend anywhere you may be.
A heavy duty leather pouch style belt sheath and an clemency whistle are included.
* Please Note That The "Black River Wash" Process Will Create A Unique Look To Each Knife. Your Knife's Pattern May Vary From The Product Image.