Shepherd XL | NEW RELEASE Survival, Camp and Backpacking Knife | CPM-MagnaCut Steel | Apocalypse Black Finish - Dawson Knives

Shepherd XL | Survival, Camp and Backpacking Knife | CPM-MagnaCut Steel | Stealth Black Finish

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2600+ 5 Star Reviews
Lifetime Warranty
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History is riddled with periods of uncertainty. A wise man doesn't panic, he prepares. Fortify yourself against future challenges with a tool you can rely on, no matter what.

Crafted from premium, American-made CPM-Magnacut stainless steel in heavy-duty .210" stock, the Shepherd XL features a 5.5" blade that is highly resistant to corrosion or staining. Thanks to our own specialty heat treat, Dawson blades stay sharp up to twice as long as other premium steels. 

Our American-made G10 handle says, "Aw, that's cute" to rain, snow, mud and just about anything else you can think of. We designed our handles for secure, comfortable, hot-spot free use in all seasons and textured them for improved grip when the going gets wet.

Love the sleek, high tech look of Carbon Fiber? So do we. That's why we got the best of the best: 100% American made, space grade, luscious black-on-black Carbon Fiber. Tough as nails and impervious to the elements. You don't even have to decide which color you like best. As we all know, black looks good with everything. 

Backed by an industry-leading warranty and over 50 years' knifemaking experience, the Shepherd XL is a stronghold of American quality and craftsmanship.  

  • 100% designed and handcrafted in the USA
  • .210" CPM MagnaCut American made stainless powder steel
  • Next evolution in blade steel - edge wear 2x longer than D2
  • 100% American made materials
  • 5.5" blade, 10 5/8" overall
  • 10.6oz knife only / 14.4oz including sheath
  • Stealth Black blade finish - matte black Cerakote©
  • Heat treated in-house for maximum toughness, durability and edge-holding capability
  • Rigging slots allow for use as a spearhead in survival situations
  • Rockwell 61-62
  • Deep finger choil, thumb rests allow improved control
  • Textured G10 handle will not swell, split, warp or crack 
  • Low-profile Kydex belt sheath
  • Lifetime free resharpen
  • Protected by Dawson Knives’ Common Sense Guarantee
  • Visit our family workshop near Prescott, AZ, the heart of the American West

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
Lawrence R. (West Chester, US)
Function Art-Heirloom piece

Waited a few weeks to use it before reviewing. Have a handyman and a pathfinder and this Shep XL became my favorite all around knife. Better than even my acta non verba m311 Spelter(in Elmax) and Bark river aurora(in CPM 3V) . Very sturdy construction. Thicccc CPM Magnacut so it is plenty tough to handle any real world use and will virtually never rust. Holds an edge after scraping wood shavings, feathsticking kindling, and cutting cordage all day. Magnacut is essentially a waaay tougher version of elmax Heat treated to be harder at the blade and slightly softer near the spine so you can do some hard chopping if you need to and keep edge. The Blade shape is perfect. Can pierce, slice for skinning, or meat prep and even chop chives in every camp task I threw at it. The balance is perfectly right at the index finger so despite its weight it feels very comfortable and nimble for piercing or carving notches. The ergonomics feel so deliberate with every grind on the handle, slight blade angle and jimping placement my hand falls perfectly into it. It looks gorgeous Arizona Copper and Forest(dark) greene G10. You can really tell this is hand made. You see very slight inconsistencies on things like the jimping spacing or or finger gaurd being just SLIGHTLY off 90 degrees which but it only makes me appreciate the knife more seeing that a human made this start to finish and makes the perfect edge all the more impressive. The only complaint I can honestly say is the retention in the sheath is not as strong as my ANV Spelter but still feels secure. This knife made me go from really liking Dawson Knives to only purchasing from them moving forward. When I hold this all in one tool I think of teaching my coming son, my grandson , and God-willing my great grandson what my great grandfather taught me.

Conny W.H. (Fort Worth, US)
Shepard XL

Awesome knife,,Best on the market

Nicholas L. (Amsterdam, NL)
Great knife!

Excellent balance, fit and finish. It is evident that great care went into the the build on all levels. I am looking forward to seeing how it performs in camping and survival scenarios.


This is easily the nicest knife I’ve ever owned and I have a lot of really nice knives.
Thank you for the dedication to quality and high standards you have for your products. They truly are a top quality product that I’ll have for life.

Stefano P. (Milan, IT)

I finally received the knife today and I’m very happy,the quality of the craftsmanship is at the is also very well balanced and the materials are super.

Hi Stefano, I'm very sorry to hear about the delay. From the tracking number it looks like it's scheduled to be delivered soon!

Dana O. (Seattle, US)

Excellent blade. The grip feels great