Tops El Pionero - 1095 Steel / Tan Canvas Micarta Handle / Black Kydex Sheath ELPO-01

Tops El Pionero - 1095 Steel / Tan Canvas Micarta Handle / Black Kydex Sheath ELPO-01

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A few years back, Ed Calderon was able to host one of his most famous training courses at TOPS Knives and took the time to be a guest on TOPS Daily Grind. During his time in Idaho Falls, there were many conversations about edged tools and weapons. Ed, along with Leo (TOPS’ president) agreed that a knife designed by Ed and produced by TOPS would be epic. This was the basis for the design that became El Pionero. It’s a simple design based on what is probably the most common knife type on the globe–a paring knife.

El Pionero has many other features that Ed has found to be useful on knives throughout his experience. The finger divot is a signature of his that he originally learned from his mother and is designed to make it easy to know where the edge is oriented based on where that divot is felt, but also helps when extracting a knife that has been stabbed into something and may be somewhat stuck. The false edge aids in stabbing as well. The Kydex sheath is low profile, and easily customized by the end user to be worn in multiple configurations.


  • 3.38" Clip Point Blade in a Tumbled finish w/ 1095
  • Black Kydex Sheath & Multi-Position Spring Steel w/ Survival Whistle
  • Tan Canvas Micarta Handle which gives a superior grip in all conditions
  • Weighs in at 4.1 ounces
  • Made in USA
Blade Material: 1095
Blade Style: Clip Point
Blade Length: 3.38"
Overall Length: 7.63"
Handle Length: 4.25"
Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
Sheath: Black Kydex w/ Multi-Position Spring Steel
Weight: 2.9 ounces (W/ Sheath = 4.1 oz)
Pocket Clip: Sheath
Country of Origin: USA

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Dave Yost (dave_cash65)
Little knife that could

I cannot think of a task that this knife could not handle particularly given its size. Tops has a winner here.

Chris Knepper
Top quality from TOPS

This knife is well thought out and comfortable in all grips. If you’re a survival/bushcraft knife guy there’s something here for you or if you’re an edc guy there’s something for you. I’m a knife fighting instructor and there’s lots for us. This is small, functional and easy for draw and finish. All tasks are possible. Order this knife and you’ll not regret it.