TOPS Black Rhino: My Best Knife Review Of This Amazing Tactical Knife / Survival Knife
What Do We Mean By Best Value?
When we say best value we are looking at many factors and then balancing them out to find the over all around best budget knives in our opinion. What we don’t mean is The Cheapest knife with no edge holding ability nor do we mean the most expensive pocket knife that only 1% of people can afford.
Here are a few things we take into consideration when making our decision:
- Type and thickness of Metal used for the blade
- Construction method of blade and grips
- Grip Material
- Fit and finish
- Fit in the hand
What Is A Tactical Knife?
This is a question debated by many but to me the term tactical knife doesn’t only mean a military type combat knife like the Ka-Bar. It also doesn’t mean any black knife of a crazy “fantasy theme” bayonet attachment, built in select fire options with a 200 round magazine or any other such nonsense
To Me a Tactical knife is a survival knife, hunting knife, combat knife, rugged enough to be used as a hammer, axe or whatever else it may be called upon to do. The more it can do successfully, the better the knife in my opinion.
===>FINALLY! My Choice Of The Best Tactical Knife On A Budget
- Quality… THIS IS ONE TOUGH SOB! I’m not easy on a knife, I will use it as a hammer, a pry bar, a shovel…. oh yea I’ll even use it as a knife. I took this knife camping and used it for all these purposes and more. I even split firewood with it using a log to pound it through. It took everything I gave it and barely has a scratch to show for it,
- Handle… the Manufacturer lists the handle as Black Linen Micarta but the knife I have has a paracord wrapped handle. You can never have enough paracord now can you? the blade is very thick and the paracord gives it just the right grip in my hand and i’m very happy with it. There is a seller on Amazon offering the paracord model which I will add links to.
- size… Hcapable then some of my bigger blades. The blade is a full 1/4 inch thick and the weight makes up for the shorter blade. The over all length is 10.75″ while the blade is 5.5″ ere is where I’m surprised. I normally like a bigger knife but this knife feels more
- Construction method… The blade is a full tang design which extends out past the end of the handle. A feature which makes it convenient for prying or splitting wood (also in opening beer bottle) The blade is made from 1095 RC 56-58 which holds an exceptionally sharp edge (even after digging in the dirt.. not that i’d do something like that)
- Value… The Black Rhino Fixed Blade survival knife is far from the most expensive knife I own. It’s a nice middle ground price wise. Value is more then the price tho and for what this knife offers It is in my opinion the best value in my budget tactical knife category. This knife will be with me for many many years.
- Warranty… Tops fixed blade knives carry a Lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. But as far as I can see I doubt anyone will need it. This is one stout knife.
Where to buy?… These are not really highly mass produced knives so buy one now while there is still some in stock.
To Buy The Paracord handle knife CLICK HERE
To Buy the Black Linen Micarta handle CLICK HERE
What Others are saying about Tops Black Rhino:
It is the Alpha, it is the Omega. Once I pulled this knife out of its fantastic kydex sheath and made a feather stick with micron thick shavings, I cried– for there were no more worlds to conquer. Wicked sharp, edge holds up wonderfully, as does the traction coating thus far. The only thing I’m not head over heels about is the spring clip on the sheath, but that becomes a non-issue once you start working with the knife. On top of all that, this knife is from an awesome Idaho company, and as we all know, everything amazing and wonderful originates in Idaho. Actually, wait– Idaho is terrible and you should not come here. This beast is coming with me on the Idaho Centennial Trail this summer, and I have no doubts that it will chew through the backwoods like no ones business.
Absolutely top quality product. Every seam and every curve is spot on. Not only that but also the blade suites its purpose 100%. The handle is very comfortable, the lanyard holes are in the right place, the blade coating is very thick and uniform, the balance of the blade is suitable for woodworking. Simply a work of art. Love the fact that it’s 100% made in the US.I strongly recommend that knife for every blade lover. You will never feel cheated out of your money, you will see where every $ went. The kydex sheath is as always a great product and the locking is very strong. I can’t see this knife fall out in any condition apart from maybe very aggressive army training/operational activity. Only down side is that it’s almost to beautiful to use. So, I might get myself a second one just in case.
What is it I can say that the other reviewers have not? A shorter blade can easily and quickly be sharpened to a razor edge especially on the spyderco triangles. Which is good, because I’m impatient and so my 10 inch blades often just don’t get there. Also, the knife is heavy in hand, (1lb is a lot for a 5.5in) but is very comfortable to carry on the hip even without a belt. With the rotating steel clip you can carry scout (horizontal) as well. The Mike Tyson type build of the blade makes it all but invincible. Perfectly fits the role of “survival knife.”Kydex sheath is great especially considering aftermarket kydex sheaths like it cost 60 dollars easily. Micarta handles are easily 30 or more. So the value is five stars too, not to mention TOPS actually does a legit high quality treatment to their steel. I really can’t think of anything bad to say and I’m trying really hard to. It’s my second TOPS and definitely not my last. A+