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.
- Blade Steel: 3.5" Blade - S35VN Stainless Steel, 60-61HRC
- Blade Profile: Tanto Fatty
- Blade Finish: Black DLC (Diamond Like Coating)
- Lock Side Finish: Black DLC (Diamond Like Coating)
- Lock Mechanism: Titanium Frame Lock
- Black G10 Face Scale
- Clip - Reversible for Tip Up or Tip Down Carry
- Blade Length: 3.5"
- Thickness: Tanto Fatty at 0.190"
- Closed Length: 4.175"
- Overall Length: 8.25"
- Weight: 5.8 oz.
- Made in the USA
The oversized choil permits choking up on the blade for more precise work. The blade locks up on a solid ¼ in 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.
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 handle design is a 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.