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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
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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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Burke, VA
Aug 15, 2014
I can understand the polarising view this knife has on a lot of people, people are expecting a civilised everyday carry and what they get instead is a miniaturised tactical knife which is more rugged than practical. A knife which can split split wood and slice through cans but can't do fine paper cuts and be casually flicked open for hours. I've read all the reviews good and bad and decided to try this knife myself, in my opinion this thing is incredible, a tank like product which is ultra rugged and yet actually has some good luxe touches ( reminds me of ST Dupont lighters ), the design and materials are beautiful, it reminds me of a ruggedised and more unpolished Sebenza. The blade steel out of the box pushes paper easily and I've already used it as a pry bar, yes I get it, the blade lock is sticky and tough and compared to a Spyderco it doesn't slice paper as easily, but this wasn't what this nice was designed for, it has a hand in the EDC world but two feet firmly planted in the tactical world and it should be judged along those lines. This knife is exceptional in it's finish and construction and can't take more of a beating than a ton of "tactical" knives out there.
5 out of 5
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.
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