Over the past 30 years, Rick Hinderer's exacting attention to knife design and knife making along with his experience as a firefighter and EMT have helped him cultivate a design philosophy that is rooted in his background of using his knives as a first responder. A full line of Rick Hinderer Knives can be found at KnifeArt.
After joining a rescue dive team, Rick Hinderer started looking at knives and designs as hard-use tactical tools and he altered his techniques for making a knife from an old-world approach to a more modern CNC precision manufacturing. Hinderer makes hard-use tactical folders that are both attractive to look at and extremely comfortable in the hand. Rick Hinderer Knives are designed and constructed to go beyond the limit when the situation is the most crucial.
Zero Tolerance Knives and Gerber Knives use designs by Rick Hinderer, who has licensed his lock-bar stabilizer to be used by Strider Knives. The Rick Hinderer XM-18 folding knife, which might be his most iconic design, has removable handle scales, a patented lock-bar stabilizer, an integral flipper/index finger guard, integral bar lock, heavy duty risers and reversible pocket clip. The XM-18 can even be taken apart to be thoroughly cleaned and dusted. The Rick Hinderer XM18 comes in a 3-inch model, a 3.5-inch model and a 4-inch model. The XM-18 is a tactical tool that can handle rudimentary cutting tasks as well as high speed, low drag operations. There are two main models of the XM knives, the flipper and the non-flipper. The Rick Hinderer XM-18 and XM-24 handles are designed with ergonomic comfort in mind in many different user positions. The XM-18 and XM-24 each include a pocket clip which can be mounted on the handle blade tip up or blade tip down, and they both have lanyard holes in the handle.