Pick up the TOPS Nata from a TOPS authorized dealer or from TOPS at https://www.topsknives.com/tops-nata
Many useful tools have come from the Japanese over the years. The Nata (hatchet) is one that hasn’t received as much attention as some others, but is an excellent tool nonetheless. The TOPS Nata is Leo Espinoza’s take on a very old gardening tool. The handle and grind have been changed from traditional designs to fit TOPS/Leo’s style. It’s also full tang with grippy burlap Micarta handles and a nice leather belt sheath. Have brush that needs cleared, branches that need pruned, or are you just in the market for a small chopper with an interesting design? The Nata might just be your next tool.
Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58Blade Length: 6.13 inchesOverall Length: 11.63 inchesCutting Edge: 6.5 inchesBlade Thickness: 0.25 inchesBlade Finish: Black Traction or Acid RainHandle Material: Burlap MicartaKnife Weight: 21.3 ouncesWeight w/ Sheath: 26.6 ouncesSheath Material: Chocolate LeatherSheath Clip: Belt LoopDesigner: Leo EspinozaMSRP: $230.00
Many useful tools have come from the Japanese over the years. The nata (which translates in this context roughly to hatchet) is one that hasn’t seen as much of the limelight as weapons like the katana or EDC tools like the kiridashi. However, the nata’s simplistic design compliments its functionality perfectly.
TOPS’ version of the Nata blends the traditional Japanese style with American grit. The wide rectangular blade keeps mass behind the entire length of the edge, which makes it chop better than most knives of its size. Chopping power is also enhanced by the canted handle. TOPS version has a standard flat grind on both sides of the blade rather than the chisel or single-beveled style that many Japanese tools have. It is also a full-tang knife just like all TOPS fixed-blades are. The thick, well contoured handles provide a comfortable grip and the simple out-the-front sheath makes it easy to carry and use around the house, the ranch, the campsite, or wherever else you may find yourself.
Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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