If you've ever been to a traditional barbershop, you're likely familiar with the concept of a straight razor. This classic style of blade originated centuries ago, and remained the primary means of shaving until the development of disposable safety razors in the early 1900s. The straight razor certainly has an iconic design, with a thin handle, wide blade, and lever-action folding mechanism.
TOPS Knives has released an all-new blade that's inspired by elements of the straight razor design, but also adds a modern twist. It's known as the TAC-Raze, and it's the company's very first friction-folding knife. For those not familiar with friction-folders, this type of knife stays open due to friction, rather than a locking mechanism.
The TOPS TAC-Raze features a long and narrow tang, which allows the knife to be opened easily via leverage, and slots between the handle scales for stability when the knife is open. TOPS calls it a “gentleman's EDC blade” due to its simple and functional design. It's also worth mentioning that while it may be influenced by a straight razor, you might not want to actually shave with it due to the recurved blade shape (unless you're Sweeney Todd).
The TAC-Raze is constructed of 1095 high-carbon steel with a tumble finish, and uses black G10 handle scales with a Cryptic Cyber pattern. The knife also includes a molded brown leather sheath, which can be worn horizontally or vertically on a belt.
Here are the rest of this knife's key specs: