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Rick Hinderer XM-18 3.5" S35VN Spanto Flipper - Orange

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Rick Hinderer XM-18 3.5" S35VN Spanto Flipper - Orange
Rick Hinderer XM-18 3.5" S35VN Spanto Flipper - OrangeRick Hinderer XM-18 3.5" S35VN Spanto Flipper - Orange
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Rescue orange 3.5" XM-18 Spanto flipper folding knife from Hinderer Knives. This orange color is a top choice for hunters, coast guard and rescue personel.

The blade on the XM-18 is American Made CPM-S35VN steel. Rick Hinderer Spanto grind is probably his most well-known blade shape. Integral flipper, as well as double thumb studs, offer easy opening with either hand. Jimping on the thumb rest of the handle and blade spine for excellent grip.

The handle of the Spanto XM-18 is made from extremely high quality titanium and textured G-10. Handle features a frame lock design with a Hinderer lock bar stabilizer. Lanyard hole in the rear section of the handle. Titanium pocket clip can be mounted for tip up or down carry. Made in America by Rick Hinderer Knives of Shreve, Ohio.




MAKER: Rick Hinderer
BLADE SIZE: 3 1/2"
TOTAL SIZE: 8 1/4"
CLOSED SIZE: 5"
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless S35-VN Steel - Stone Washed Finish - Spanto Grind
HANDLE: Titanium - Stone Washed - Textured Rescue Orange G-10
WEIGHT: 5.4 oz.


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4  OK Knife, Rick Hinderer XM-18 3.5\" S35VN Spanto Flipper - Orange
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I have purchased a couple of the Hinderer designed Zero Tolerance knives including the 0560 and the 0566. The 0560 by ZT is by far my favorite of the bunch. You just can't beat the smoothness of the ball bearing action and the Elmax steel is fantastic for sharpening and holding an edge for a lot of heavy cutting tasks. Problem is the 0560 is just a little too big for an EDC. The 0566 is a great knife in design (also Hinderer) but the assisted opening almost always generates comments from people thinking I carry a switch blade and traveling between states, I just am not sure on the knife laws. Also, there is just a little problem with the fit of the blade and frame lock. Nothing big, but annoying that it gets really jammed up when cutting hard.

However this is a review of the XM-18 and not the others. The point is, as impressed as I was with the Hinderer designed knives manufactured by someone else, I really wanted to have a true Hinderer knife. The XM-18 is a great size and weight. Although if it was any longer or heaver, it would be too much. Out of the box, the action was stiff, which can be attributed to new manufacturing. It is loosening up with working it and oil. The factory edge is the WORST I have ever had from a new knife. However, it did sharpen up pretty well adn seems to be holding it's edge (new - haven't used it much to test it yet).

In short - I am liking the knife, but REALLY questioning the price tag. The ZT flavors are equal in almost every way and at half the cost. Caught up in the hype, I'm thinking the Hinderer design is great, but their manufactured knife is just not worth the price.


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5  XM-18 3.5 spanto, Rick Hinderer XM-18 3.5\" S35VN Spanto Flipper - Orange
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This knife is absolutely awesome, great fit and finish, lock up is perfect, detent is really good also, i heard that older models have very weak detent, this is not the case with the Gen 4's.
Also, Knifeart.com has excellent shipping, i ordered it and received it the very next day, this is coming from Arizona to Ontario Canada, couldn't believe how fast it came. I couldn't be happier with this purchase, i will definitely be buying more from them.


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