Hey folks! I recently bought a TOPS Tanimboca Puukko, a new model for 2017. Since it is a recent release, there isn't an abundance of information on the internet yet. I thought I'd write up a review to help out any of you who may be interested in the knife. I've only owned the knife for 2 or 3 weeks, and haven't had the time to take it out into the woods. However, I already have an idea of how the knife feels and performs. I'll update this thread in the future as I get more experience with the blade, but I'll start with a general review broken up into categories. But first, a picture! Intro: The Tanimboca Puukko was announced at SHOT 2017, and began to show up at online retailers this summer. It is a collaboration between TOPS and a guy named Goran Mihajlovic who lives in the Columbian jungle and makes traditional puukkos and other small fixed blades with obvious Scandinavian influence. I won't list all the specs here, as they are readily available online. However, I will discuss some of them in the appropriate sections. The Blade: At roughly 3.5'', the blade on this knife is a bit smaller than I am used to, which is one of the reasons I purchased this knife. I realized that most of the knife work I do in the woods is carving, fire prep (with very little batonning), and food prep. All of that work can be done with a smaller blade, which also has the perk of increased control and precision. It boils down to a matter of preference, but I think this will be a nice size for most tasks. Concerning the blade steel, we are all familiar with 1095 around here, as it is quite common in fixed blade knives and especially bushcraft knives. My somewhat controversial take on 1095 is that it is a rather low-end steel. Now, before anyone gets up in arms, let me clarify. Currently, in my opinion, the main thing that separates higher end from lower end steels is edge retention/wear resistance. 1095 does not score very well in that department. However, I don't consider this to be a knock against the knife overall. Every knife is a compromise somehow. 1095 has two main advantages: low price and ease of sharpening. At this point, my tastes lead me to pick edge retention over ease of sharpening, so 1095 isn't one of my favorites. However, I am happy to settle for 1095 when it saves me money. It's tough, and it doesn't bother me too much to touch up the edge often. The grind is the TOPS "modified scandi" grind, which is essentially a higher scandi grind with a considerable secondary bevel. In other words, it's really close to just being a saber grind. This is my first experience with a TOPS scandi, and I have found it to be a decent performer so far. With the addition of the secondary bevel, the scandi bite that we are all familiar with is diminished. Don't expect it to carve quite as well as a true scandi, but it still carves fairly well. Since it is made from 0.130" stock, it is pretty nice and slicey overall which I really appreciate. However, in their attempt to strengthen the scandi with the secondary bevel, they made the apex a little bit more obtuse than I would ideally love. It's a minor complaint, though. They just chose a little durability over a little finer edge. My personal stance is that a smaller knife can err on the side of thin, and this one holds back a little in favor of strength. In summary, the performance of the grind is more than sufficient for anything you want to throw at it, including some extent of hard use. The spine is a nice sharp 90 degree edge, and I think it is heat treated as well. This is something that is out of character for TOPS, but is a welcome feature in the bushcraft community. It adds a lot of function, and doesn't subtract much. I know some people like a rounded spine because they like to brace their thumb on the spine for various cuts. It you are one of those people, it would be really easy to polish the spine a bit and increase the comfort. If you are like me and prefer a sharp spine, then you'll be happy. I love the tumble finish on the blade, but I don't like all the laser engraving that TOPS insists on using. It's actually more tame on this knife than many of their models, though. That's more of a complaint with the company than this knife in particular. The Handle: I'll go ahead and let a spoiler out. The handle is excellent. The slabs are made from a natural canvas micarta that has a bead blasted or roughly finished texture. This is probably my favorite handle material, as it provides a much better grip than polished scales. The scales are nicely shaped and the corners have all been sanded to remove abrupt edges. The red liners (a toned-down brick red) are a really nice touch, and I like the extra thought that they represent. The girth of the handle is spot-on. When designing smaller blades, many manufacturers make the mistake of scaling down all proportions. In other words, they give a shorter knife a skinnier handle. This one does it right, though, and features full, hand-filling scales. The double tubes/lanyard holes in the front of the handle are rather pointless, in my opinion. However, they don't bother me either. There is one annoying feature of the scales, though. The fasteners are quite ugly. The choice of phillips, bugle-head screws with a gold finish is something that puzzles me about several TOPS models. Apparently, the reason for the choice in that all other fasteners they tested were prone to rust. I guess that's an understandable priority, but I feel like there had to be another option for fasteners that don't look like they were stolen from drawer pulls on kitchen cabinets. The addition of a bow drill divot is nice. As a friction fire nut, I appreciate the option. It doesn't detract anything. From my experience with bow drill divots in micarta, this will start to turn black after some use. It doesn't bother me, but if you like your knives to look pristine, then you should probably use something else as a bearing block. The Sheath: The Tanimboca puukko features a deep-carry pouch sheath that is very secure. It is made of thick, durable leather with a generous belt loop. As far as production knives go, this is one of the very best factory sheathes I have ever seen, especially for a $100 knife. Many (if not most) knives in this price range come with sheathes that are an afterthought. Not so in this case. My one tiny complaint is the embossed logo. I wish TOPS would stop worrying about branding everything, but this sheath is so good that I'm more than willing to overlook that. Conclusions: In summary, TOPS and Goran have together designed an excellent little knife. It is very utilitarian, which I appreciate. There aren't any frills. It was made to be a useful tool, and it does just that. The excellent handle and sheath make up for the cheaper (yet functional) steel choice. There are a couple goofy little things that TOPS does that I could do without, but they aren't a deal breaker by any means. The fit and finish on the knife is pretty great for the price point. There is one little cosmetic blemish on the blade that is only visible if the light hits it just right, but it doesn't bother me. This thing is a user. It's meant for cutting things and getting dirty. I plan to let it achieve that destiny.