KnifeNews: TOPS and Forged in Fire Winner Collaborate for the First Time

TOPS is back with another new release, this one a collaboration with custom maker (and Forged in Fire winner) Josh Navarette. It’s called the Armado, a stout all-purpose outdoors companion with a beefy workhorse of a drop point blade.

There are a lot of ‘indoor only’ knife users, and these users tend to opt for folders, which fill their need for a compact tool that can handle the relatively simple chores of day-to-day modern life. But, if you spend any time at all outdoors, you’ll know that fixed blades designed for such adventures bring so much necessary utility to the table. That’s where the Armado falls, with Navarette himself saying he wanted it to be a blade that could offer something to everybody. To that end he gave this collab, his first with the company and long in the works, a 6.5-inch blade, with a wide, bold profile.

I have gotten to know Josh over the past few years and he is just a great guy. He is super active with teaching Veterans to forge and make knives, and using his skill and gifts to help others.  You can check out more at his Facebook page : NK Forge and Metalworks LLC

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You can also check out Josh’s 5 from the Grinder here…

5 from the Grinder: Josh Navarrete (Navarrete Knives)