Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 Skinny 3.5" Flipper Knife, CPM-20CV Black DLC Slicer Blade, Black G10 Handle - K2015SGDBK
RHKK2015SGDBKBK: XM-18 3.5" Skinny Flipper, Slicer Grind, Black G10
Rick Hinderer Knives
The XM-18 is known the world over as one of the toughest tactical folders regardless of your mission. Rick's focus when designing the XM-18 was a no-nonsense tactical tool ready for the simplest cutting tasks to high-speed low drag operations. It's available in a 3" model, a 3.5" model, and the 4" model is designated the XM-24. The Skinny model incorporates a ball bearing pivot, like the Gen 6, for supremely smooth flipping action and also includes a set of regular washers that can be installed if you so choose. However, it's rougly the thickness of a 3" model, making it much more comfortable to carry and to use.
The XM Series Skinny 3.5" model has a blade thickness of 0.140" and a handle thickness of 0.450", making it a perfect, hard use design for EDC. The oversized choil permits choking up on the blade for more precise work. The blade locks up on a solid 1/4" diameter Thumb stud which is press-fitted into the blade. This makes for a very strong lockup as there is no loosening of the thumb stud which can happen with two-piece designs. The fact that the thumb stud locks up against the frame adds an incredible amount of strength to the sideways torque of the blade as the sideways stresses are being stopped by the whole handle side, thus relieving the stress that would normally be put on the pivot.
Speaking of the pivot, Rick Hinderer makes his own 17-4PH Stainless steel pivots on a new state of the art CNC turning center, thus guaranteeing precise accuracy. The pivot is a 1/4" barrel diameter with a 3/8" head. The pivot is drilled and tapped completely through and is mated with a custom designed screw. This system makes for an incredibly strong pivot that is easy to adjust in the field.
The XM folder handle shape is designed to be very ergonomic and comfortable in a wide variety of user positions. Not everyone's hands are the same size, and also grip varies greatly, so the ergonomic handles design is great fit for all users. The textured pattern used on the handle scale is extremely grippy but does not 'bite' the hand during use. The 3D texture is designed to flow liquids (such as sweat, oils, blood, etc.) away from your skin and into the valleys of the texture.
The lockside is precision CNC manufactured from 6AL4V titanium featuring the patented Hinderer Lockbar Stabilizer. The knife can be set up for either tip up or tip down carry. The non-lock side has a .050″ titanium liner with a G10 handle scale. These high strength materials combined with the full titanium liner add strength and rigidity. The handle scales can be easily changed by the end user if another color is desired. The standard finish on all XM folders is a highly durable tumbled/stonewash that will stand up to hard use in all environments. The handle construction is an open back design utilizing huge standoffs. The standoffs are designed to add superior strength for lateral crushing of the handle case while still allowing the blade to nestle into the handle without touching the standoffs. This gives the knife the same strength as a solid back folder while offering the ease of cleaning due to the open design.
- Blade Length: 3.50"
- Cutting Edge: 3.25"
- Closed Length: 4.75"
- Overall Length: 8.25"
- Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
- Thickness: 0.140"
- Blade Hardness: 60-61HRC
- Blade Style: Slicer
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Stonewash Black DLC
- Handle Material: Black G10 Face Scale with Titanium Lock
- Handle Thickness: 0.45"
- Liner Material: Titanium
- Locking Mechanism: Frame
- Lockside Finish: Black DLC
- Pivot Assembly: Bearings
- Pocket Clip: Black DLC Titanium (Tip-Up/Down, Right Carry)
- Weight: 4.6 oz.
- Designer: Rick Hinderer
- Made in the USA
Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
This product is USA born and raised.
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