DPx Gear’s HEST/F 2.0 ups the ante with tools for on the go.
Most knife users agree the modern frame-lock popularized by knifemaker/manufacturer Chris Reeve is one of the sturdiest locking mechanisms available on a folding knife today. DPx Gear has taken the design a bit further by designing a tactical/survival folder with a few interesting add-ons to sweeten the pot.
First, the basics. The DPx HEST/F 2.0 is a mid-size frame-lock with an overall length of 7.63″; 3.67″ of the total in a deep V-ground, drop-point blade. The name of the knife is an acronym for Hostile Environment Survival Tool/Folding, Version 2, as this is the second generation of the knife. The blade steel is a workhorse thick .197″ and sports a tough PVD (mil-spec phosphate) black coating. The handle, a tad under 4″ in length, has contoured G10 scales on the front, and the aforementioned frame-lock resides on the back. The rear frame is thick Titanium and features a patented LionSTEEL RotoBlock system, which is essentially a Rick Hinderer-style blade stop, also allowing the blade to be locked into place once engaged. Also on back is an ample pocket clip.
Then there’s the goodies. On the base you’ll find a glassbreaker tip (replaceable) and convenient lanyard hole for alternative carry. On the backside of the blade is a cutout for a 1/4″ hex head that will also open a bottle of beer or soda, and notching that serves not only as a thumb gripping aid, but wire stripper to boot. But—as they say on TV—there’s more! DPx Gear includes a nifty “Mr. DP” skull tool which can be used to adjust the pivot tension of the blade and remove or replace the glass breaker. The extremely well done design and build of the HEST/F 2.0 makes it well worth its $175 price, the extra functions are the icing on the knife. Highly recommended.
By Pat Covert
Knife: HEST/F 2.0
Maker: Dpx Gear
2321 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Blade steel: Sleipner (German D2)
Blade length: 3.67″
Overall length: 7.63″
Weight: 5.1 ounces
Handle: G10 synthetic
Carry: Pocket clip
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