A few weeks ago I ordered a TOPS Wilderness Guide because from the specs it looked to be a perfect candidate for a kit I am putting together for a friend who is moving to Taos New Mexico for an internship and will be spending a lot of time in remote areas the Santa Fe National Forest. I wanted something tough but not too heavy, something with a secure purchase for the hand without being roughly textured and uncomfortable in long term use, and something that would be just as at home prepping meals in a cabin as out wandering trails. I can't help but play around with pretty much any knife I get my hands on, so since I have seen where so many have expressed the opinion of wishing TOPS would do some thinner knives and higher grinds I thought I'd photograph my use of this knife and do a review. I haven't put it through any abusive tests, just general utility uses, and I still think it's perfect for what I was going for. The knife in hand. The specs as taken from the TOPS website. O/A Length: 8 3/4 Blade Length: 4 1/4 Thickness: 1/8 Steel: 1095 High carbon Steel RC 56-58 Handle: Tan Canvas Micarta Blade Color: Black Traction Coating Sheath: COYOTE TAN BALLISTIC NYLON, WITH REMOVABLE FLAP Weight w/ Sheath: 10.7oz Weight w/o Sheath: 6.5oz Designed by: Leo Espinoza BLADE AND HANDLE 101% MADE IN USA I like the flap type sheath this knife comes with. It is molle capable for attaching to vests, packs, or water bottle carriers, and has a loop for belt carry. I like the flap cover, but it is removable for those who do not. The knife also comes with a few extra goodies: a compass, a very loud whistle, a small signal mirror, some trail marking ribbon, and a snap ring. The knife has a neutral balance point, good for long term use in general utility functions. Out of the box the knife had an extremely sharp edge So the first thing I did was see how it handled whittling. The handle offers a very secure purchase, and the cutting edge is just in front of the handle so getting the pressure where it was needed and controlling the edge were really easy to do. The person I had in mind when I picked out this knife is not exactly the type to be roasting crickets... Much more likely to be making home cooked meals and sandwiches and maybe some freeze dried foods in the field. So, thought I'd play around in the kitchen a little bit. Even though the knife has a blade shorter than the block of turkey I was cutting on it still managed the task just fine. Dividing a small tomatoe between three people was no trouble either. .