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Welcome to News From the Edge! Here’s where you’ll get the inside scoop from Monkey Edge on the knife and gear world. We get a ton of emails with questions on knives and gear, and being the sharp crew that we are, we figured we would start putting out as much information in this blog as our little brains will allow. Stay tuned here for technical information, how-tos, interviews, reviews, insane rants, and whatever else we can come up with.

Hinderer Knives: HMBS Install

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Hinderer Knives innovated the concept of the user configurable knife with the legendary XM-18 folder. When the new Hinderer MP-1 folder made its debut people took notice how Rick and the gang were taking the configuration concept to the next level with the introduction of the Hinderer Modular Backspacer System (HMBS). The HMBS allowed the user to change out the backspacer of their knife without even taking the knife apart. Just loosen a set screw, and swap it out. Different materials, colors, and even functions are soon to come.

Well, seeing as how the XM-18 is one of the most successful folders of all time, Rick created a retrofit kit that would allow the user to convert their XM-18 to HMBS. The kit comes with all the hardware you need to perform the conversion and an aluminum backspacer of your color choice. It is super easy to install, so we thought we would give you a quick run-down.

Not to go on a rant, but all tools are not created equal (although you probably know that seeing as how you bought a Hinderer knife). So get decent drivers. When you see a bit set at a…
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Small Supply, Big Demand: What is ‘fair’?

 

How Monkey Edge Treats Limited Items, And Why.

It is a fact of life that often when it comes to cool things, there is far less supply than demand. Meaning (sometimes literally), there are more asses than there are seats.

We here at Monkey Edge can sympathize. We do actually happen to be real people and like to buy in-demand gear and cool things ourselves, and often miss out by seconds!

Let’s take a quick detour down memory lane of my hessian youth: I can remember being a kid and saving like crazy for Metallica tickets, then waiting in line for over 24 hours. (Remember this was pre-internet and you used to have actually go down to the box office and just sit … without an iPhone to keep you entertained.) At any rate, I can remember waiting in line only to get to the counter and STILL only get crappy seats in the back. I was pissed.

Hinderer Knives Finishes: A Brief Overview

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We have been getting a bunch of questions lately about finishes on Hinderer knives. This is by no means meant to be an all encompassing look at every finish they have used, but a quick explanation of the main ones used on the production knives.

A FEW CAVEATS:

There is no “perfect finish” for everybody. It’s kinda a “boxers or briefs” thing. Everybody has their likes and dislikes based on appearance and function.

Secondly: Not sure everybody knows this, but stainless steel is not “rust proof” any steel can corrode if not taken care of. However, titanium CANNOT rust under any circumstances. It is a non-ferrous material. Therefore, when we speak of corrosion issues below, we are only referring to that finish on a STEEL blade.

 
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