TOPS Knives’ lineup speaks for itself. The company does fine by itself. However, TOPS brought in survivalist and adventurer EJ Snyder on one of its newest blades and the result was incredible.

The “Skullcrusher’s Xtreme Blade” (SXB) was designed for the Warrior Survivalist to aid in their survival not only in the wild, but on the battlefield as well.

Snyder is a highly decorated, 25-year Army Combat Vet who served in the 1991 Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He knows what it takes to survive in a multitude of extreme situations from the wilderness to combat, and he has been tested and proven every time.

Snyder wanted to design a modern day blade that honors the spirit of the pioneers of the past but meets the demands of an ever evolving modern world, and a tactical survival tool that is as tough, durable, and dependable as he is; one that every warrior, survivalist, and outdoorsman couldn’t live without.

Snyder’s quest for such a knife started 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.

Upon his return to the U.S., Snyder 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.

For more information on the SXB and other products from TOPS Knives, please visit

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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