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Years ago designer Lucas Burnley brought the iconic Squid™ to life. Skyrocketing in popularity as a fan-favorite compact carry, the folding knife became a top choice for those looking to strike the right balance of simplicity, performance, and functionality. Now, Lucas takes a new stab at reimagining this time-honored design, bringing us the larger SQUID™ XM. Still checking the box of being a versatile everyday carry, the longer blade length handles tasks both big and small—and is now recognized as a bit more “extra medium” in size.
- Assisted Opening: Flipper deploys the blade fast
- Smooth Opening: IKBS™ ball bearing pivot deploys the blade smooth
- Superior Performance: D2 blade steel for excellent edge retention
- Exceptional Grip: G10 handle provides exceptional grip in all conditions
- Brute Strength: frame lock utilizes a thick lock bar to secure the blade
- Maximum Control: On blade friction grooves for grip
- Low Profile: Pocket clip provides secure carry
|Blade Length||2.95" (74.83 mm)|
|Blade Thickness||0.10" (2.62 mm)|
|Overall Length||7.03" (178.59 mm)|
|Closed Length||4.11" (104.34 mm)|
|Weight||3.60 oz. (102.06 g)|
|Handle||G10 | Stainless Steel|
|Style||Assisted Folding Knife w/Frame Lock|
Designed by Lucas Burnley, the Squid™ was conceptualized as powerful in performance, but equally adaptable to everyday challenges. Whether being put to work at home, the garage, or in the office, the Squid™ could go with you anywhere. Following the release of the original design, Lucas hasn’t stopped receiving interest from fans asking him to reimagine the popular blade as slightly larger. And in true Lucas fashion, the knife designer got to work to see what was possible. Now introducing the SQUID™ XM, Lucas delivers a creation that’s just as iconic as the original, while still leading with functionality and user-friendly simplicity.
Perfecting how this latest version would scale, Lucas didn’t skip over any details—
ensuring that the ‘extra medium’ was just as seamless in how it performs. Just like its predecessor, the SQUID™ XM features a drop-point style blade, achieving an excellent balance of tip strength and point geometry for utility tasks. When you’re ready to put it to work, Ken Onion’s Assisted Opening deploys the blade in the blink of an eye, with the IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system creating a super smooth rotation.
After the durable D2 blade has fulfilled its duty, you can rest easy stowing it away in your pocket—its internal frame lock and deep pocket clip, making it a secure carry for on-the-go transport.
The iconic design is back. Only now, it’s graduated in size.
How Assisted Opening Works
It's held securely closed in your pocket, but initiate the deployment, and part way through the rotation the blade opens at impressive speed for simple, powerful, one-handed opening.
When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager, he’ll tell you it was stories of survival, off-path adventures with his father, and a healthy dose of action movies.
Over the years, he has experimented with a broad range of styles to artfully combine classical examples with modern materials and techniques, such as with his Obake™ knife. Lucas believes knives are a personal expression of independence. We couldn’t agree more.