I want to introduce to you the ever popular XM-18 3.5 Spanto in the new CPM steel S45VN. This is a smaller batch of the XM-18 Spanto made in this new Crucible steel as an introduction to this steel. So, I will call it kind of like a “Trial” run. When I first learned of the new S45VN I was very intrigued. We have used a lot of the S35VN in the past so of course I was looking forward to trying this upgrade. From the data that is available it seems that S45VN will have improved corrosion resistance and slightly better edge retention. As more actual field use opinions come in, I feel we will know more about this new steel after users actually use them as an EDC tool. But it sure shows a lot of promise! I will still be using CPM 20CV as my main steel choice, however, I am always looking into new steels and technologies!
A very special part of the production line of knives here at Rick Hinderer Knives is the line that I call The Reserve Line. As in a lot of other industries such as the fine bourbon world, The word “Reserve” is reserved for the very special limited parts of a product line. What I have done to incorporate this into the RHK production line is to separate a few knives from each production run and those knives I build and finish each myself. I build them in my own separate shop here at the Ranch. These knives will also have my build card in the box showing me as the builder. Also the box will be labeled signifying the Reserve status. This is a perfect way for those desiring a RHK production knife built by Rick Hinderer.