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DPx Gear HEST 2.0 Right Handed Folder 3.25" D2 Black Plain Blade, Titanium and OD G10 Handles - DPHSF005

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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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5 out of 5
Jun 24, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Handle Material
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
I work as a paramedic in emergency mobile unit. Great model with glass breaker and excellent grip. Polyvalent knife. Just need to check the blade which open when i take out the knife from my pocket
5 out of 5
Seattle area
May 08, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, None
I like the knife
It took some getting used to, however, performance is first class. It is thicker than the knife it replaced. Materials are first class and operation is better than expected.
5 out of 5
Fred S
Parker, Arizona
Apr 20, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Gets the Job done
A couple of comments. This is a great folder. Very durable. One error in the literature is....the Titanium is noted as 6A14v. The correct designation is 6Al4V......Titanium composition is 90% with 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium. Hence the correct designation is 6Al4V Titanium. I'm a retired Boeing engineer and a picky bastard. I wish the designer made a point of explaining the tool.
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