The first lot of the Trestle Pine Topper arrived today! I am happy with everything about them. They look GREAT, feel great and hit the mark I was hoping for.
Black Ash Burl above.
The feel of the Gunstock pattern has always appealed to me. It’s full enough to fill my hand without feeling like I’m holding a club.
There are a number of ‘exotic’ handle materials including the stunning Curly Maple above. I dont’ have all of the handle options in stock yet so there are more to come!
The match strike pull came out better then I had hoped. I was asked not to request a match strike in the future on the S30V blade as it is evidently hard to stamp. On the upside, it results in an incredible nice, crisp match strike that would actually work!
I dressed the knife up a bit this time with the Saber Grind, a match strike pull and lined bolsters. While I don’t want to turn the Trestle Pine’s into a knife that only gets ‘looked at’ and never used, I did want to offer something for everyone. And yup, I’m sticking with the brass bolsters/end caps.
While so many of the traditional folders continue to be made with the standard 1095 or 400 series stainless blades, I wanted the S30V mark to stand out so there’s no mistaking the Topper as just ‘another traditional folder’.
If you’re interested in reading more about where the name came from, you can check out the Trestle Pine Knives website at: The Trestle Pine Topper
Here’s a short excerpt from the website:
“The name, Topper, is derived from a trout lake in North Eastern Minnesota of the same name. It’s not a large lake by any means and requires a bit of a hike to get into and a fairly steep carry down to the lake with the canoe. You don’t drive up to the lakes edge and drop your canoe in. Over the years there were many great memories mentally recorded.
One of my favorites involved a friend …………………”
As I mentioned, I have more Toppers coming in different handle materials. I had hoped to start listing them on the website immediately, but ran into a snag getting my labels for the tubes. And….., in a couple more weeks I’ll have another version of the Topper to show you that may be in the future. For the time being, It will be limited and it is cool.