We're currently starting the production process and will have these finished in December. All pre-orders will get filled in order received. Thank you for making TRAK XL a success on Kickstarter!
After nearly a year of developing, testing, and refining different variations, we’re incredibly excited to introduce our newest model: The TRAK XL.
The patent pending, TRAK XL, is a compact and lightweight everyday carry knife featuring our secure grip design. TRAK XL is proudly designed and handmade in the USA. When paired with our versatile, quick access sheath system, this handy, minimal design will serve you well in any of your daily adventures.
The original concept for our TRAK design, was to function as a backup or "last ditch" knife for scuba divers caught in fishing line. We chose titanium because it was the perfect material for the job. These design features also happen to make it the perfect knife for runners, hikers, camping, fishing or simply anyone looking for a personal, compact utility knife, which can be carried daily, securely.
Following the success of our TRAK design, we soon started working on our next model. Based on feedback received from customers, we knew this new model had to share the same great features as the original design (lightweight, rustproof, compact, secure, and easy to carry), but at the same time stand out on its own. We wanted something slightly bigger and with a larger cutting edge. We also wanted to improve the sheath system so that it could be mounted in multiple positions depending on desired use.
TRAK XL - New Features:
Larger Two Finger Design - Improved Retention - Cannot be dropped - Fits like a glove
2.2" Blade Length - For increased cutting ability Titanium features single 2.2" blade on bottom edge S35VN features two blade edges (2.2" & 1.25")
What makes the TRAK XL so unique is our Secure Grip Retention System. By placing your index and middle finger in the retention opening, the remaining fingers wrap around the knife securely in their own finger holds. This gives you a very secure, non-slip grip, making TRAK nearly impossible to drop or slip out of your hands. Wet or dry, you can have confidence when holding the TRAK XL.
TRAK XL is offered in the following materials:
Titanium - Perfect for runners, fishing, boating, scuba diving, or hiking.
The TRAK XL is available in military grade titanium (6AL-4V), which is typically found in military aircraft and aerospace. Some of the benefits of titanium are that it's lightweight, twice as strong as steel, rust proof, anti-corrosive, and non ferrous. The TRAK XL will hold up to any harsh conditions such as salt water, sweat, high humidity, or dirt without any sign of rust or corrosion. In fact, leave it at the bottom of the ocean for 100 years and it'll still look just like the day you put it there!
S35VN Stainless Model:
Perfect for Hiking, Camping, Every Day Carry, Utility, and Work.
S35VN Stainless Steel is made in the USA by Crucible Industries specifically for specialized cutlery and long wearing industrial machine parts. Known for being 15-20% tougher than its predecessor and four times tougher than 440C and 154CM cutlery steel. S35VN is the perfect stainless steel for those looking for a knife edge that can withstand repeated usage with minimal wear and less frequent sharpening. S35VN does require heat treat, which will be done by an experienced HT facility.
Z-FiNit Nitrogen Steel Model:
We've received many requests from TRAK customers to offer our new TRAK XL in Z-FiNit Steel.
"K." Customer: "I have no other steel on a knife that has ever performed like this. I believe that in this format, as a chisel ground edge, this is the best possible steel for this knife."
What is Z-FiNit Steel?
Z-FiNit (Zapp Fine Grain Nitrogen Steel) Z-FiNit super steel is a high nitrogen, alloyed tool steel (similar to Spyderco's H1 Steel). The advantage of adding nitrogen to steel is corrosion resistance. The nitrogen frees chromium to provide this corrosion resistance. You will find this steel used by NASA for its excellent wear resistance for machining ball bearing. Z-FiNit is an excellent material for knife steel due to its corrosion resistance, hardness, and overall ease of sharpening. The Z-FiNit TRAK XL will be hardened to 59HRC by one of the world's leading heat treat facilities experienced in working with this material.
Z-FiNit has been used by many of the top knife makers around the world and has proven to make an excellent knife steel for its ability to withstand corrosion better than most knife steels, as well as, its edge holding characteristics. Similar to AEB-L, but with a much higher corrosion resistance. Unlike titanium, Z-FiNit is ferrous, magnetic, and not 100% rustproof, however it does have greater corrosion resistance than typical knife steels such as 440C. Z-FiNit makes an excellent choice for those that wanted a TRAK XL with stainless steel properties, but with a much higher corrosion resistance.
All of the TRAK XL models come with a thermoplastic Kydex sheath. This material (commonly found in aircraft bulkheads), is the standard sheath material for fixed blade knives. Kydex is waterproof, lightweight, retains its shape better than leather, and can last a lifetime.
The TRAK XL sheath features two eyelets at top, which allow you to attach the included stainless steel ball chain. You can also attach TRAK to a backpack, runner's arm band, belt, or anywhere you need it handy.
By attaching the optional belt clip & hardware, you can convert your neck sheath to be worn on a belt, backpack straps, or other gear. (Sheath Not Included)