I Got My Holy Grail of folders!!!

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I Got My Holy Grail of folders!!!

Postby raven » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:06 pm

Hi All, Just want to share a bit of good fortune with you while I was at the Blade Show.

I've never mentioned it, but I've been after a Rick Hinderer XM-18 for quite a while. Finding them is a rarity ...not impossible, but a rarity with second market price.

While at Blade and helping out my Brazilian Buddy Gus of GTC Knives, I went walking about and came across the Hinderer booth and noticed they were having a lottery to buy one of his knives that Friday at 4:00pm. I said what the heck and grabbed one of the last 3 cards of a deck. BTW, the lottery goes by picking one half of a playing card from a deck or two (in this case two seperate decks, blue and red) ...grab a card, rip it in a half, keep one half, and put the other in a basket to hopefully be drawn.

Anyway, I continue to walk about and made it back to the booth to a CROWD of people. Just to see how desperate some folks get for his folders ...Rick announced that a T-Shirt would be auctioned off and the winner would get the T-Shirt plus a pick of any of his knives that he had displaying. Well, the winning bid for T-Shirt went for $1200 :eek: !!! Rick started picking numbers from the basket and just as I was thinking to myself "I Don't Have A Chance" and about ready to walk off , when ...."Blue 7 of Spades" fills the air. I look at my half of the card and raised my hand ..."Blue 7 of Spades right here" :D :D :D !!!

I walked over to the display case and and nabbed this little beauty ...

Happy little camper here to finally... FINALLY get a folder that's been evading me for so long :p . Just thought I'd share ... Take Very Good Care and Be Safe Always.

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Postby CanisMajor » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:18 pm

Nice man. Hinderer is on my wish list. Congrats on getting your grail.


ETA: I saw the $1200 bid winner on BladeForums. His post said it was a hat and a custom XM-24 with CF scales, and the only anodized one. Here's a link, post #6.
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showt ... p?t=746469
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Postby StangBang » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:21 pm

Bro! That is one sick score!!! I too love the XM-18's and hope to one day own one. What a great story on how you got yours too :)

Thanks for sharing man, congrats big time on an amazing folder!!!!

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Postby Stony » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:07 pm

Great story man. I love the 3 inch XM's perfect size for edc. Congrats.

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Postby tonydahose » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:30 pm

it couldnt happen to a nicer guy Gil, i don't know anything about those knives but i am happy for you. good things happen to good people, enjoy the knife. :)
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Postby stonyman » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:23 pm

Congrats, my brother! Sorry I missed you man! :(

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Postby aj1985 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:46 pm

Hey bud you know since your a first responder you can order a folder straight from Rick. I think you would have gotten it in a few weeks or so. :)

Congrats on a fine knife.

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Postby defenestrate » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:29 pm

When I first saw an XM-18 I thought it looked cool and kind of industrial but maybe a bit clunky. The more I see them, the more I want one. Congrats, enjoy your new knife!
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Postby Jimd » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:43 pm

Gil, I can feel your excitement from the post, and I'm happy for you!
Rick's knives certainly are top-shelf, and I'm glad you finally scored one!
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Postby FLYBYU44 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:10 pm

Rick makes some really sweet knives. Congrats on your win!
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Postby dialex » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:27 pm

Hi Gil, thanks for the great story and for the pic. Congratulations on your fine knife, enjoy it and may it serve you well :)
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Postby SoCal Operator » Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:49 pm

Congratulations. Those are really amazing knives.
Ask me where I got my awesome SUPERHAWK!

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Postby Dr. Snubnose » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:16 am

Hey great score Gil!!!...Enjoy that little baby...Doc :D
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Postby Monkeywrangler » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:26 am

Wow! You remember to buy a lotto ticket that day too? Your luck was sure ON that day!
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Postby Ed Schempp » Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:59 pm

Ric is one of the "good" guys. I liked him and the quality of work that he was producing 15 years ago. The cool part is that he is the same personably guy guy that he was when we first met. He was making many types of knives then and has a wide aray of experience. He is an innovator that makes "best of knowledge knives", from experience.

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Postby raven » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:34 pm

Hey All, THANK YOU for all the Kind Words and compliments on the Grail Knife ;) . I love this little Beast of a knife :D !!!

Mr. Schempp, Thank You for the confirmation of grabbing a good knife ...Says and Means A lot coming from you Sir ;) .

Monkeywrangler, Come to think of it ... Nope, didn't pay the lotto ticket any mind ... to busy fondling and drooling over my score :D :p :D !!!

Take Good Care All, Be Safe Always, and Again, Thank You All Very Much!!!


God Bless :)

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Postby Th232 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:29 am

Congrats! Be sure to use it hard, you'll appreciate it even more. :cool:

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Postby 2cha » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:05 am

Congrats!!!!! How wonderful that it was a knife you wanted!! And--by all accounts a great knife.

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Postby BBQ BOY » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:51 am

I just bought the same exact knife. I wasn't expecting it to be that much smaller than my XM-18 3.5" model. I mean the 3" is just flat out cute.

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Postby LorenzoL » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:11 am

Congratulations, I think Rick makes the best high-end EDC folder, bar none.
Now your buddy Gustavo is nothing short of a genius, I have one of his G-Forces and I am waiting for one of his new Integral folders I have on order with him.

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