Unlike most EDC knives which are great for box-cutting and, well, okay for CCW backup, Wilson Combat knives are designed from the ground up to stand in harm’s way with Wilson’s combat-tuned handguns and long guns. This is their latest offering, the $289 Rapid Response XL.
Wilson’s knife designs tend to come from the finest designers and manufacturers like Les George and David Broadwell. I’m still looking for the designer of the Rapid Response XL, but it looks like a winner for those who can afford it. That does not include me.
But it buys the real deal: a titanium frame with Cocobolo scales and a 3.5″ Elmax blade. Elmax is a mechanically-alloyed powdered stainless steel which is melted together in a vacuum forge, and it reportedly has unheard-of toughness and corrosion resistance.
The Rapid Response XL’s Elmax blade is hardened to HRC 59-60, which is a point or two harder than other tactical knives. It’s a big, thick blade, and even with the Ti frame it makes the Rapid Response XL a heavyweight at nearly 5 ounces.
I don’t have the cash or the looks to court a supermodel like this, but like a wet kitten I wouldn’t turn one away if I found her on my doorstep.