The MIL-SPIE title is an acronym designated by the Department of Defense for “military special projects individual equipment.” With this military designation in mind, TOPS has designed its MIL-SPIE series to handle environments ranging from the harshest front-line to everyday chores. And the TOPS MIL-SPIE 3.5 doesn’t deviate from its mission!
The MIL-SPIE 3.5 holds a 3.5-inch blade with a leaf-shaped recurve and a near-flat grind. Handling has been improved through jimping on the thumb ramp in order to allow maximum traction during multiple hold positions. Brian Griffin reviewed the knife for the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, and while his everyday cutting chores may not have been exactly those found in a combat zone, the MIL-SPIE 3.5 showed off its tactical pedigree. When using the knife as a wire stripper, Griffin said, “I cut around the circumference of all eight ends of the 6 gauge wire and removed the heavy coating. The knife cut cleanly through the hard plastic material, and when I was finished the job looked just as if a professional had done it with a wire stripper. After a day of similar workshop chores, Griffin was also impressed with the MIL-SPIE’s edge retention, saying, “What little damage that had occurred during the testing was easily repaired with a dozen passes on a high-quality ceramic rod and the edge was returned to being sharp enough to shave my arm once again.”
For the full review, check out the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally November 19, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe/.