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DPx Gear HEST 2.0 Right Handed Folder 3.25" D2 Black Plain Blade, Titanium and OD G10 Handles

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Part Number: RPDPHSF005
Manufacturer: DPx Gear
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RPDPHSF005: HEST / Folder 2.0 OD
DPx Gear
The DPx Hostile Environment Survival Tool® (HEST) Folder has evolved from its beginnings as the folding version of the HEST fixed blade. The HEST now goes further. On expeditions, hunts or in the conflict zones.

Yes, a brutal-use folder can be small and light. DPx Gear features a Titanium alloy frame and a meaty D2 steel blade with G10 scales into an EDC folder. The HEST/F features a rapid deployment system that combines a patented RotoBlock system that actually locks the folder into a fixed blade.

The HEST was immediately sold out in both first run and production versions and put to work around the globe. The hard-won experience and tips came back and went directly into this knife: larger frame, tighter 3mm pocket clip, revised pivot geometry, meatier lock and a 4mm G10 scale that replaces steel. All of which to make this HEST stronger and lighter than the famous original. The HEST comes with the stainless steel skull tool for adjustment and handy defense and utility work.


The HEST/F was developed as the direct folding version of the famous DPx Hostile Environment Survival Tool fixed blade knife. This latet version is dubbed the 2.0 because there are a number of significant modifications made to the first release of this brutal use folder. The goal was to increase strength without adding weight and to directly enhance t ease of opening, strength of lockup and usability.

DPx HEST/F 2.0 Modifications include:

1. Removal of the stainless steel liner and addition of a thicker G10 scale, which reduces the potential for corrosion and also strengthens the knife while reducing the weight.

2. Subtle geometry changes to the pivot, lock point, thrust angle, thumb stud and heel angle. Each of these changes was designed to make the knife easier to open, strengthen the lock bar and allow the knife to open more smoothly.

3. We also increased the size of the heel, length of the back spacer and the width of the frame to further increase the strength and handling. We redesigned the pocket clip and removed the two holes to make it stronger and easier to use. You will also notice increased the cut hole for the thumb screw and scalloped the inside of the lock bar. An independant review of the HEST/F 2.0 included below provides an excellent overview. DPx Gear released three knives to our biggest critics with the mandate to try to destroy them. Their response was overwhelmingly positive.

In all DPx Gear has created a lighter, stronger, smoother and simply better product for the same price as the original.
  • German D2 Tool Steel Blade coated with black milspec
  • 6A14v GR.5 stone washed U.S. made titanium alloy frame
  • Patented RotoBlock frame lock prevents lock slippage
  • Integrated glass breaker with optional round head screw included
  • Olive Drab, textured U.S. made G10 4mm structural scale
  • Stainless Steel Tool with wrench, pivot adjustment, box cutter and chisel
  • Hex driver socket wire stripper choil in three sizes
  • Deep pocket carry stainless steel clip
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Designed by Robert Young Pelton
  • Open length: 7.63"
  • Closed length: 4.38"
  • Blade (max thickness): 0.197"
  • Blade length: 3.25"
  • Cutting edge: 3.10"
  • Titanium alloy frame thickness: 0.165"
  • G10 scale thickness: 0.165"
  • Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Made in Italy by LionSteel

UPC Code: 857171003008

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
D2 Tool Steel
D2 Tool Steel
This is a high carbon steel that is appropriate for use in hostile environments and is known for edge retention.
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Steve C.
Reading, PA
Dec 27, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Obviously James has "issues".
Yes, I've sharpened it, used it sliced with it, cut fuzz sticks, etc. The handle is designed to be grippy, and that shouldn't be considered a "flaw". , it's a titanium composite and is the main Ti alloy used for just about everything. Better than a Sebenza for less than half the price.
4 out of 5
Bob L
Aug 12, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Good knife. I use for cutting up boxes during daily carry. Fit and finish are superior. A really high quality product. Would have liked examples of uses for skull tool prior to purchase.
1 out of 5
Aberdeen, WA
Jul 01, 2013
Pros: Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Soft Ti - Bad Blade Geomerty. Too many "features" Not a good KNIFE.
Too thick of a blade left @ the cutting edge - forcing the manufacture to use a steep angle to make is 'sharp'. The cutting edge is too obtuse. I shouldn't have to re-profile the cutting edge on a $175 knife. I've tried 3 of these now - all turds. Starting with the V1.0 that was REALLY bad. People that mention it is sharp out of the box could be right - but wait until they try to resharpen it and find the angle inaccuracy. BTW it's not the steel - the D2 is nice - it just wasn't prepared correctly to be a good slicer - THAT is what D2 steel shines at is slicing - but in order to slice you have to have a symmetrical edge not a crooked sharpened wedge. I also think that people's level of SHARP are subjective - Any dime-store Chinese junker can be made 'sharp' but that doesn't mean it has the right geometry to be a good cutter. Lawnmower blades come "sharp" but I don't carry one of those in my pocket either. The Titanium is much softer than the other 6Al4V Titanium used in most folders in this price range - Why is that a problem? Because the the Ti is very soft compared to the hardened D2 steel blade - and the Ti wears quickly forcing the frame lock to become STICKY and go too deep. So this can be ignored as the lock get deeper and harder to unlock or you can Carbidize the Ti lockface - ANOTHER thing that I should not have to do. How about making it a nice knife from the beginning? The fit & finish are OK but not great - I.E. the scales and the spacers are not aligned properly. The G10 has a rough finish with uneven rounding that looks like it was just ignored or decided to be "good enough" To me - not good enough for the price. The gadget appeal is there for the ALL IN ONE guys - but for real - every gadget part is poorly done besides the bottle opener. The 1/4" drive is a joke. The wire-strippers don't work well vs just shaving the sheathing off of the wire (any knife can do this) The Glass breaker is not hardened enough to actually break glass without rounding - tested this 2 times and the second time it DID break but ruined the "glass breaker" I think I could have punched ANY handle through the window that hard & the glass would have broken. Overall there are a ton of better knives out there for the money. This being my 3rd attempt to like one - 1- V1.0 & 2- V2.0s I doubt I got all the bad ones each time.
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