If you love blades and beer, the new Bartender Defender XL might just be your knife. The neck knife/bottle opener combo is the sequel to the Bartender Defender. Bartenders are known for being good listeners. But in this case it was TOPS who listened to their suggestions. Amateurs and Pros loved the concept but wanted changes to improve the design. TOPS Knives and designer Ryan Johnson (of RMJ Tactical fame) took the feedback and completely overhauled the original to arrive at a brand new knife.
“This model was made thanks to specific customer feedback,” TOPS Marketing Director, Craig Powell says. The bottle opener on the original Bartender Defender was only usable with the blade unsheathed. Popping open that fifth brew with a live edge in your hand is probably not the best idea.
Like the F.O.R.K. It, another new TOPS model, the XL makes the sheath a functional part of its design. The Kydex sheath leaves the bottle opener exposed while the knife is stowed.
The original Bartender Defender sports a miniature .38” blade. Users wanted a more capable cutting edge. The XL packs more than four times the blade length (2.13”) while adding just .4 oz. in overall weight. Blade steel remains 1095, with a clear Cerakote finish instead of the black traction finish of the original.
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The Bartender Defender XL is now available from TOPS Knives and leading dealers. Powell tells us TOPS is pleased with its last new release before SHOT Show 2017. “The Bartender Defender XL is an excellent choice for those who are constantly opening boxes and/or brews.”
Knife featured in image: TOPS Bartender Defender XL Knife