For those unfamiliar with the Racoon, it has an overall length of 7.63", with a handle length of 4.35", and a blade that's 3.37". The Racoon typically has a smooth micarta handle, I love micarta, and its texture reminds me of worn fabric. The WM version features Vosteed's frag patterned micarta. I had the opportunity to check out their frag pattern when I reviewed the Gator. The frag offers greater texture than the standard micarta without tearing up your hands or pockets. The Racoon already has great ergonomics, and is super comfortable, simply changing the texture has made a great knife even better.
In addition to handle texture, Vosteed added a crossbar lock. The Racoon model has had both a liner lock as well as a button lock, it seemed only fitting to upgrade this well-loved model. The crossbar lock is the company's take on the Benchmade Axis Lock. Since the patent for the lock is expired, it's been implemented by just about every company in the industry. I feel it couldn't have come at a better time, there's so many new companies in the market, and it gets that legendary lock in more hands. The beauty of the crossbar lock is its simplicity, it's easy to operate one handed, and it's ambidextrous. The company took the lock one step further, they have designed the lock with adjustable tension. Changing the force needed to disengage the lock, is as simple as moving the spring backwards or forwards from the lock. Disassembly is required, thankfully the Racoon is super easy to maintenance on.
The Racoon is a staple in the company's lineup, and it continues to be praised by its users. I feel the changes made are not just another coat of paint like some companies do, but improvements on an already great design. If you're looking for a solid EDC knife, one that screams use me, and a price that won't break the bank, check out the exclusive White Mountain Knives Racoon.