One of TOPS Knives’ newest additions, “Skullcrusher’s Xtreme Blade” (SXB), was the brainchild of EJ Snyder.

Snyder is known for being an extreme survivalist and adventurer, proven by his three stints on the show “Naked and Afraid.” He is also a highly decorated, 25-year Army Combat Vet who served in the 1991 Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His quest to design a tactical survival blade that is as tough, durable, and dependable as he is began on the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania, Africa while conducting a 21-day extreme survival challenge on “Naked and Afraid.” The knife Snyder took with him, being the only piece of equipment he had, did not perform well in the field and became non-functional. It is potentially disastrous to be out there and unable to rely on your knife.

The SXB was designed to survive a multitude of extreme situations from the wilderness to combat, and something Snyder is very familiar with.

Upon his return to the U.S., EJ tested many knives, sought out the advice of many top custom knife makers he personally knew, and spent countless hours researching all aspects of the art of knife making. A lot of influences, needs, and rigorous tests went into the thought process and design behind the SXB.

His two-year journey culminated with the creation of his vision by TOPS Knives.

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Knife Type Fixed Blade
Overall Length 16.75″
Blade Length 10.38″
Cutting Edge 9.75″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Traction Coating
Handle Material Black Linen Micarta
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 26 oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Ballistic Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing
Designer EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder

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