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DPx Gear HEST 2.0 Exclusive Folder 3.25" D2 Black Combo Blade, Titanium and Orange G10 Handles w/ Signed Book - DPHSF114

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Part Number: RPDPHSF114
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RPDPHSF114: HEST / Folder 2.0 Exclusive Orange G10 with Autographed Book
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The Orange HEST 2.0 Folder is exclusively at the Knifecenter of the Internet and comes with a signed copy of designer Robert Young Pelton's The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places.

"A number of people wanted the DPx HEST in bright orange, sandblasted Ti and milspec coated D2 tool steel blade with our special serrations. An ideal emergency car carry, bugout bag must have or all around EDC. To make the deal better I signed 100 copies of The Adventurist to make a complete package! There are only 100 (actually much less now) of this blade available exclusively from our friends at Knife Center" - Robert Young Pelton

This version of the HEST 2.0 Folder is the best we have seen. It has very aggressive partial serrations that will cut anything. The orange color handle will help you remember not to leave this survival tool behind, should you set it down - The KnifeCenter always recommends that, after you use your pocketknife, put it back in your pocket or sheath so that you don't lose it! 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 orange 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 latest 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 independent 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
  • Orange, 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: 017406

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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Aliso Viejo California
Aug 15, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Buying this knife will cause lust and want for more DPx Gear
This is my first DPx knife and WOW, this is built for extreme survival and use. Solid Solid knife! If I were to go to a 'dangerous place" with a folder, this is it. It makes all my other knives seem, well, under built. It is on the large size for me as an EDC but I will carry it nonetheless. The weight is not bad thanks to the ti and G10. The blade is very thick, extremely sharp, and looks tough as anything out there and more. The only thing I wish was different about the knife is the pocket clip. It is not reversible for lefties. But that is one small drawback to an amazing tool! The only other issue is that now, I want everything DPx makes! The fixed version is going to be ordered soon!
5 out of 5
Apr 22, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
My son uses it for cub scouts. Expensive knife but with orange handles and name engraved should be no way he will lose it. I have had the original since it came out and found it very useful even shucked oysters with it no problems. Great knife. Very solid.
5 out of 5
Mar 14, 2014
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
A real prize!
The basics. First off, you look at it, you pick it up, you flap it open for the first time and the only thought in your head is "good God, they over built the crude out of this thing!" This thing is huge! It is thick and it is solid; just the lockbar is thicker than some full folders that I have! It is very reassuring as well when it locks open, you hear and feel it catch. It is big, but the balance is quite good in the hand, and the Titanium makes it lighter than you would expect looking at it. The orange makes it very easy to spot, in strange contrast to the blackout blade(strange to me anyway.) Out of the box, it was sharp, but not overwhelmingly so. About 20 minutes on the crocksticks later, it was great. Not only did it take that long to get that final edge on it, but I really haven't had to do nearly any more work on it either! The D2 steel is so darn hard it's staggering, I have never had anything like it! Even after batonning some oak firewood, the edge showed no real change. The black shows a little "semi gloss" streaking from the abuse, but it hasn't worn through at all, even on the pivots.  Initially, blade opening was a bit difficult,but after playing with the pivot and allowing it to break in a bit, the knife now opens like butter, and still has the big reassuring thunk when the lockbar pops into place. And once locked with the lockbar lock, there is no doubt that the entire knife will fail before that lock budges. The blade back opening notch works great, although it seems to work better opening the blade than it does bottles. A small nit, but hey, if you want to keep your caps in display condition, use a different opener. I really like the deep pocket carry clip, and wish more knives came with this style clip. It does a fairly decent job of disappearing in your pocket for such a big knife. It's not the greatest civilized EDC just because it"s large and draws attention whenever you whip it out. Best suited for rougher tasks than most envelopes at the cube farm. Unless you keep it stashed in your bag, in which case, it's awesome. The orange G10 scale does really draw attention when it's out. It also tends to show any dirt that might have gathered in the checking. However, it does offer a good grip even in the cold with gloves on. It's also quite easy to open and close with gloves. Although I never tried, I would be willing to bet that you could even operate it with mittens on. It just feels that secure. I'm not sure if I am sold on the serrations, although I don't tend to cut through a lot of fibrous materials. They worked great when I needed to cut through some rope however, so I really can't fault their function. They work fabulously, I just dont find myself needing them that often. Overall, I think this knife is an amazing piece of survival gear, and a great bit of EDC if you don't have to wear suit pants. They sag a bit with this clipped on. The blade is astoundingly durable, and takes a fantastically sharp edge (admittedly after a fantastically long time wearing away at that astoundingly tough steel.) It is large, but light for it's size, and the balance is great in hand. The G10 scale looks more utility than show, but for the intended purpose of the knife, I don't see how that's a problem. If I needed a knife that I would place my continued existence upon, this would absolutely make the short list. A very solid folder, surprisingly solid lock, fantastically durable steel, and a very useful size for a folder.
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