TOPS Knives, Inc. is a tactical knife manufacturer located in Eastern Idaho, United States. The company was established in December, 1998 and is owned and operated by Leo Espinoza. The company primarily produces fixed-blade knives for military and law enforcement.[1]


TOPS Knives was created in December 1998. Several old friends from the Vietnam War era developed a concept based on their experience and disappointment with the knives they were issued during the war, and they sought to correct these issues of strength and durability.[2] TOPS has manufactured their knives in the United States, specifically in Idaho since they were founded.[3] TOPS Knives was founded by veterans and supports the Wounded Warrior Project and other charitable organizations.

TOPS Knives has over 200 knife models in production with many more that have are no longer made. One of the most well-known models is the Tom Brown Tracker Knife.[4] It was designed by Tom Brown Jr. and was featured in the 2003 Hollywood movie The Hunted.[5]


  1. ^ Roger Eckstine (1 April 2012). Shooter's Bible Guide to Knives: A Complete Guide to Hunting Knives, Survival Knives, Folding Knives, Skinning Knives, Sharpeners, and More. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-1-62087-309-0.
  2. ^ James Morgan Ayres (8 July 2014). The Tactical Knife: A Comprehensive Guide to Designs, Techniques, and Uses. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. pp. 241–244. ISBN 978-1-62873-701-1.
  3. ^ Dave Alexander (Spring 2015). "East Idaho Outdoors": 44–45. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "TOPS Knives Reviews". Best Knives Reviews. 4 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Steel Star Power of the BLADE Show". Blade Magazine. 18 May 2015.