SHOT Show 2018 is in the bag! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed covering it! And, thank you to all the brands we visited for your patience and hospitality. There are a lot of stories coming out of this year’s show. Keep it tuned to for all the latest in the knife world!

We asked Sean from Hinderer Knives to pick his favorite blade in their 2018 lineup, and he went with the Gen. 5 XM-18. It’s not hard to understand why. It’s the greatest version of one of the most important knives ever made.

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For a knife that is in part famous for the strength and stability of its lockup, the concept of an XM-18 slipjoint seems odd at first. In hand, though, it makes sense. Hinderer knows ergonomics, and by making a slipjoint he makes his knives available to a vast international audience.

The venerable XM-18 is the knife that built the Hinderer brand. This year, Hinderer announces the fifth generation of the XM-18. Aside from some new aesthetic options like different handle textures, the news here is the addition of a steel lockbar insert. Hinderer says the goal with the inset isn’t necessarily to prevent lock stick, which they rarely if ever had problems with on the Gen 4 models, but to help lower the cost and turnaround of warranty work. It’s much easier to re-tap and replace a steel insert than to rework an entire lockbar.

SHOT Show 2018 is winding down, but we’ve got one more stop to make: Hinderer Knives! Let’s see what’s new from the company that’s been making titanium framelock flippers since before they were cool.

We asked Mike from Camillus for his personal favorite in their new for 2018 lineup, and he chose the TRC, a slick new gentleman’s folder with sculpted solid carbon fiber.

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The TRC folding knife is a notable addition to the Camillus line – a highly polished and distinctly gentlemanly knife with a 2.75-inch VG10 stainless steel blade, and neatly letterboxed carbon fiber scales. The flipper deployment runs on Camillus’ proprietary bearing system for dependable opening.