EDIT: Xikar Xi 138 Excel Field Report [Josh]
First, let me say, I hope you are feeling better and things in your life
have slowed down a bit. You had a lot going on the last time we
communicated. Thanks for getting the Xikar IR done. My
***I've been camping all my life.
***Summer vacation, as a kid, was a week's
worth of car camping at the beach.
***Temperatures can range from 10 below zero F (-23 C) in the snow to 100 F
(38 C) plus heat.
***You need to add a top level company web site URL per the Guide.
***You really don't need the information about what came in the box as you
already reported on that information.
These knives utilize high tech materials and processes by the best knife
makers in the world. Designed as slim, lightweight, ergonomic cutting
instruments, Xi knives are intended for use as gentlemen's tools, and
therefore will withstand normal everyday use for a tool of its size and
cutting purpose. They are not intended as tools for prying or puncturing.
***This language does appear to come directly from the company web site. I
don't mind you copying some information from the manufacturer but you need
to put the company's written information in quote marks and tell us that is
where you got the information. Since this is a description of the knife, it
wouldn't hurt to add a few words of your own to this paragraph.
Xi 138 Excel Field Review:
***I'm happy to report that there *are* none.
***"The handle and clip look the same as the day they came out of the box,
minus a little dirt..." Just a suggestion but I would take off the extra
periods. Additionally, I'm not sure this sentence reads the way you
intended. It reads as though the knife came with a little dirt which it is
***"It has lost a bit of the razor edge it once had, but is still plenty
sharp." How can you tell? Have you tried to sharpen it?
***"I must've been using it to pry something." Maybe that is why Xikar
states that these knives "are not intended as tools for prying...."
***"For the remainder of the test I'll continue carrying the 138 as an
everyday knife." Do you have any specific hiking, backpacking, or camping
trips planned where you will be using the Xi? If so, where?
***"and what effect, if any, the cold snowy winters will have on it's
performance." What will you be checking to see if the cold weather has any
affect on performance?
***I believe you have your e-mail address at the top and bottom of the
report. Once is probably enough.
Josh, while I am not one to complain about the size of a report, the Guide
does require the Field Report to contain "a detailed description of how well
or poorly the item worked." See, Chapter 5. As such there are probably
some other areas that could be covered in this report--as suggested by Andy.
Just some examples might include: Does the Xi deliver clean cuts on all
products or did you experience fraying or tearing? Did you find it was more
difficult to cut some things than others and why or how? Did you experience
any difficulty opening or closing the Xi? Explain. Did you have any
difficulty with the clip? Explain. Is the clip a good idea? Do you have
any suggestions for making the knife better? Have you had to perform any
minor maintenance on the Xi such as oiling, etc. Are there things that you
like or dislike about the Xi? Etc.
Andrew would like your report posted to the Web as soon as possible. As
such, please use the edits, comments, or suggestions you find beneficial to
redo the report and then upload when ready--unless you would like me to
review the new version. Thank you.