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Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 4:18 pm
by TheGiant80
I love LC200N. I love the design of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, I am a giant with massive hands and the standard model feels a bit too small for me. I'm pretty sure I've seen the Caribbean XL mentioned here or on BF, and I'm just wondering if there's a heartbeat on this project (or if I've imagined the whole thing)?

The newest reveal has me excited about multiple models for sure, so it's not like I'm going to go without. It'd be cool to hear an update if there is one, that's all. Anybody else interested in the possibility?

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 5:56 pm
by BornIn1500
Well, I have some bad news. The proposed XL model would only have a larger blade and not a larger handle. Apparently the handle has some extra room. But he has also said the idea was scrapped for now due to there not being much of a demand. This was a thread back in 2018.

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/car ... e.1589356/

"The larger version has a better handle to blade ratio as I didn't need more handle so I just covered the blade."

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:08 pm
by Evil D
If they can squeeze another half inch of blade into the same handle I just don't think I could contain my bank card's excitement.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 9:38 am
by sal
Hi Giant,

We have a design and prototype but we're on hold for now until we sort out the Caribbean and capacity.

sal

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 9:59 am
by TheGiant80
sal wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:38 am
Hi Giant,

We have a design and prototype but we're on hold for now until we sort out the Caribbean and capacity.

sal
So you’re telling me there’s a chance?! ;)

Thanks for the replies everyone. It’ll help me sort out my knife-buying priorities.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:32 pm
by Theldraskien
I have been holding off on the Caribbean since first hearing about the possibility of the XL. I would absolutely be on board for one!

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:36 pm
by Evil D
sal wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:38 am
Hi Giant,

We have a design and prototype but we're on hold for now until we sort out the Caribbean and capacity.

sal


I can't overstate how interested I am in this. If the ergonomics aren't changed and it's just more blade, you can count me in for at least a SE sheepsfoot.

Has there been any talk about color changes or maybe a full black DLC version?

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:03 pm
by sal
My vote would be for a lite wt but we've got so much going on right now that time is tight.

sal

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:18 pm
by Notsurewhy
I think a lightweight would be really good idea. Regular or XL. The current scales are a bit polarising and I think a solid color frn would get a few people off the fence.

Then again both blade shapes have been sold out for some time, I guess it's selling just fine with the "bumble bee" scales. :D It's a great design.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 3:45 pm
by Evil D
sal wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 3:03 pm
My vote would be for a lite wt but we've got so much going on right now that time is tight.

sal

I know I'm a broken record at this point but like we talked about with the D'Allara 3, if you can make a Caribbean XL or Lightweight or whatever with rounded and contoured FRN scales like the D'Allara 2 had, that'll be incredible. If you add all that together and make a Caribbean XL with the same size handle as the current version but with more blade, and a 3D FRN handle... that'll be the knife to end all knives for me.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:08 pm
by sal
Hi Evil,

I know you like the 3D handles, but it's a very critical balance to weigh time in the hand against time in the pocket. Eric and I have been discussing that balance for some time now. We'd like to make a "slightly 3D" model which offers enough swell in the handle but less real estate in the pocket. You'll have to be patient. The Shaman was an exercise in that concept. We're sneaking up on it.

sal

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:20 pm
by Notsurewhy
More knives with shaman like ergos? Heck yeah.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:27 pm
by TheGiant80
Nice! I’m glad I got this conversation going again.

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 3:54 am
by Wartstein
TheGiant80 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:27 pm
Nice! I’m glad I got this conversation going again.

Yes, that was a good move... :)

The possibility of a Caribbean LW (XL or "regular") in FRN (or maybe FRCP along the lines of the Manix?) sounds great...

Re: Sal, any word on a Caribbean XL?

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 11:38 pm
by Wanimator
What would be interesting is a Powerlock LC200N folding Shempp Rock type knife in the Tatanka territory. That would be an absolute grail, I have been converted to Cold Steel XLs.