Today I am taking a look at the Schrade X-Timer 9 1/2″ Fixed Blade Knife. This is my first review of a knife in the X-Timer Series and I am very excited about this line because I think they provide a lot of knife for the money.
The Schrade XT2B, is a large fixed blade hunting / camp knife. We are looking at a total length of 9 1/8″ with a 4.2″ long blade and a blade thickness of approximately .15″ (exactly 3.8mm according to my Croatian friend, Tihomir, who measured the knife for me, his thoughts on the XT2B can be found below). The knife weighs right around 10-11 ounces.
Blade and Steel
This knife is made of 440C stainless steel. 440C is is a good tool steel and appropriate for this knife, which is mainly designed for hunting and camping tasks. This is a full tang knife, so it is very simple and strong. The XT2B has a drop point blade finished with a black teflon coating. The knife has a hollow saber ground edge which came very sharp out of the box. This kind of knife favors slicing over chopping, for a more chopping focused knife I would consider the Schrade XT1B which is an excellent chopper with a similar look and feel to the XT2B.
My first thought about the handle was, “This handle is really comfortable.” It’s made of Taylor’s proprietary material: Sure Grip Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) which is some kind of fancy engineered rubber. Whatever it is, it molds well to the hand. Its very ergonomic and makes for a solid grip both bare handed and with gloves. Both the finger choil and thumb ramp have extra ribbing for added slip resistance. For even more security there is a brass lined lanyard hole at the end of the butt.
The sheath on this knife is honestly nothing special. It’s a simple cordura sheath with a fold over button snap. I like this style of sheath as it makes the knife very easy to draw. It has a lanyard hole at the tip, and belt loop. It does the job but as with most of these kinds of sheaths I’m not sure how well it will hold up. Luckily it’s easy to find a sheath for this kind of knife at a swap meet or surplus store.
For a medium sized fixed blade knife well below the $20 price point, the XT2B is a great buy. This is a great tool to carry while hiking, hunting or camping. Pluses to me are the incredibly solid full tang construction, the comfortable handle and the nice sharp edge. I think if the knife has a weakness it’s going to be in the sheath, but only time will tell.
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I was contacted by Tihomir from Croatia a few weeks back about the XT2B. He had some questions, and ultimately between me and the guys at Taylor we were able to figure it out. He ended up ordering the knife and I invited him to give me his impressions when he got it. Here are his words:
Today I recived my Shrade X-Timer knife. This is a very nice knife. It has very nice ergonomicly shaped handle with very good grip,with or witouth gloves. The blade feels wery strong,and it is very sharp (exact thickness of the
blade is 3.4mm). Although the sheath is very simple and cheap it holds the knife very good. My conclusion is that this is a wery good knive for those people like me that need a good and reliable knive and dont need a fancy sheath that raises
the price of the knife.
Thanks again for the nice review, Tihomir. As always if y’all have any questions or a review of your own feel free to contact me or post a comment. I always enjoy corresponding with fellow fans.