TOPS Unveils Heavy Duty I Stick Push Dagger

TOPS I-Stick

TOPS is debuting the I Stick, an overbuilt push knife for those in need of a high-impact self-defense tool. The new tactical knife emphasizes weight and bulk for maximum power.

TOPS embraced heavy duty destruction tools this year. Releases like El Chete and the Missile Strike emphasize heft and power. The I Stick embodies this same mentality in a self-defense oriented design. Push daggers often aim to be light and small but TOPS didn’t shy away from pure mass with the I Stick. “At 3/8” thick and just over 12 ounces, you won’t forget you’re carrying it,” says the company’s Craig Powell. “But for those looking for a stout push knife, this is it.”

The added weight makes the I Stick a powerful weapon for those in need. “Having it be so heavy can be an advantage in the added weight to a thrust or slash, which would obviously do more damage,” Powell explains. When used with skill, the thick 3.5-inch blade hits hard and fast. Powell recommends users train with the I Stick first to master its particular balance. “As with any tool that someone is going to carry for self-defense, it will require some practice to get used to the weight.” The I Stick’s 1095 blade is a true dagger, with a 3.13-inch cutting edge on either side.

TOPS I Stick

Given its non-standard shape and purpose, the I Stick took time to produce. “The challenge with any push knife is getting the handle right and the angle of the blade right,” Powell explains. “The blade needs to point straight in the direction of a natural punch for people and they need to be able to hold it securely and comfortably.”


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So TOPS ran through several different prototypes before nailing the balance between blade angle, handle angle, and comfortable ergonomics. They gave the I Stick a thick handle with gentle finger grooves that guide the hand into a safe grip without being too restrictive. “The grip is comfortable with the stem either between the index and middle fingers or between the middle and ring fingers,” Powell says. “The handles are thick and round to fill a clenched fist and stay put.”

The ambidextrous I Stick comes with a low-profile Kydex sheath able to carry in many different positions. The I Stick is already available directly from TOPS and is on its way to leading dealers.


Knife featured in image: TOPS I Stick

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