The name MIL-SPIE is an acronym that the DOD came up with several years ago. It stands for (Military-Special Projects Individual Equipment). This was to enable Special Operation Forces within the Military to help develop, test, evaluate and acquire out of the ordinary and outside of normal channels items that they require.
TOPS KNIVES is often approached by individual OPERATORS who advise us of their ideas and the criteria that needed to be met for their Unit or Team. The challenge was to develop a small and large Field Knife with a fairly narrow carrying profile, it had to be strong and light in weight. With this criteria in mind we created and named the MIL-SPIE Knives. Two sizes were developed, the MIL-SPIE 3 and the MIL-SPIE 5.
This model features a 5 inch blade that is 1/4 inch thick with an overall length of 10 3/8 inches and is made out of 1095 High Carbon Alloy steel steel. It weighs 10.4 OZ. The steel has an RC of 58.
This size is more suited at being used as a utility knife for larger tasks. The MIL Spie 5 is better suited for belt or vest carry, while still maintaining a low profile.The scales are black linen Micarta with our dot dash dot pattern imbedded in the handle.
The handle scales are removable and the skeletonized knife seems to be as popular as the one with handles.
The blades are coated with Black Traction Coating.
The sheath system is Heavy Duty Kydex, which locks the knife in place in the closed position and has a Steel Spring Clip which rotates for attachment in a variety of positions. In addition, it has a ballistic nylon loop with additional fastener should it be required as a secondary lock.