A new folder from TOPS, a company best known for its fixed blades, is always a notable event in the knife world, and we’ve just seen the latest one arrive. A new version of the MSF folder is here, with a different blade shape, different handle materials, and upgraded blade steel.
The story of the MSF (which stands for Mini Scandi Folder) begins, in fact, with a neck knife. The Mini Scandi knife was a smash hit for TOPS, becoming their best selling model in the neck knife category – so it made sense as a starting place for designing a new folding everyday carry piece. The original MSF released in 2018, with a 3.25-inch Scandi-style drop point blade made from N690Co and canvas Micarta scales. It in itself went on to become a popular product for TOPS, so this year they returned for a new, improved version.
I love TOPS knives, and the people behind them. I have never been enamored with their forrays into folders. This might change that.