Coming in at nine inches, the Tops Knives Tundra Trekker is the multi-use blade you need to survive in the harshest climates. Designed by Leo Espinoza, the Tundra Trekker is a kukri-inspired blade. The kukri blade is a Nepalese knife that features an inwardly curved blade. It’s similar to a machete, and is used as both as a tool and as a weapon. The Nepalese people still use the blade, but they’re not the only ones. A kukri blade is issued to the Nepalese Army, the Royal Gurkha Rifles of the British Army, the Assam Rifles, the Assam Regiment, the Garhwal Rifles, the Gorkha regiments of the Indian Army, and all Gurkha regiments throughout the world. If that’s not enough evidence of the effectiveness of the blade, then what is?
The Tundra Trekker is slightly lighter than traditional kukris, but it still measures nine inches and is made with 3/16 inch 1095 stock. Another difference is the blade style is slightly different and it includes saw teeth. The Micarta handles provide plenty of room for a one-handed grip, though caution is still advised especially when drawing and sheathing the blade.
The Tundra Trekker is also striking in both sense of the word—not only is it functional, it’s also good looking. The knife comes with a tactical stone powder coat finish and a green canvas Micarta handle. The Kydex sheath is open backed and has a leather dangle for carrying ease in thick brush and trees.