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.
The XM Series CNC flat ground Spanto blade is the best of both worlds offering maximum cutting potential in a blade that has a durable tip for prying; retaining its thickness right out to the tip. The over-sized 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.
Hinderer Knives has used a lot of S35VN blade steel in the past and now the XM-18 is available in a small trial run of S45VN Crucible steel. From the data that is available it seems that S45VN will have improved corrosion resistance and slightly better edge retention.
Blade Grind: Spanto
Blade Length: 3.50″
Handle Length: 4.75″
Overall Length: 8.25″
Blade Thickness: 0.165″
Lockside Thickness: 0.165″
Liner Thickness: 0.050″
Overall Handle Thickness: 0.540″
Handle Material: Translucent G10
Blade : Stonewash
Lockside : Stonewash
Blade Steel: CPM-S45VN