DPx Gear HEST II Safari Fixed 3-1/8" Black Niolox Blade, Brazilian Santos Wood Handles
RPDPHSX009: DPx HEST II Safari
The Niolox steel low profile version of the DPx H•E•S•T Original survival tool now comes in a limited run of an all new configuration, the Safari Edition. The HEST II Safari is made with Niolox steel which delivers a harder, more granular cutting edge without the chipping or problems normally associated with very hard tool steels. The HEST II comes with beautiful Brazilian Santos wood sclaes and black PVD coated blade. The scales on the HEST II are thick providing more storage area and a meatier grip. Comes with an excellent Italian hand made leather sheath.
Because we see this a "ranch carry" or military product we changed the pry bar to accommodate gloves by softening the angle. We also eliminated one hole to make the prybar stronger. There is also a handy hex driver.
Designed by adventurer Robert Young Pelton and handmade by LionSTEEL in Northern Italy, the HEST II is an upgraded version of the knife that changed the way adventurers think about brutal-use knives.
The 3.15" (80mm) blade of the HEST II is made of Sleipner tool steel with a 60 Rockwell hardness. The HEST Original had a Rockwell hardness of 57-58. Niolox steel is a chromium-vanadium-molybdenum alloy (7% Cr, 0.5% V, 2.5% Mo) much like D2 steel and characterized by its edge retention, ease of sharpening, and resistance to wear and chipping. The Niolox steel also has excellent "tooth" for repetitive, fine cutting.
Because the knife is tool steel, and not stainless steel, it is easier to sharpen but may oxidize if not properly cared for. Rust only affects the appearance of the knife and not the performance. Like all DPx Gear knives, we ask that you use a whetstone or diamond sharpener to dress the edge, and NEVER use a motorized grinder.
The blade is 0.187" (4.8mm) thick and features three sizes of wire strippers and a pry notch. There's a hex driver at the hilt and a wire breaker at the base of the blade. We removed a lashing point in the pommel because we found it unnecessary, and we changed the pry bar angle to better fit the size of the knife.
The HEST II has a hollow handle designed for storing survival materials like fire starter or water-purification tablets. The scales are attached with two slotted/Allen screws.
The HEST II is also available in two other versions with Sleipner tool steel, the Woodsman and Assault.
The Woodsman is a perfect size and balance for use as a skinning knife and camp tool. The handle is scaled in natural, mirror matched, Brazilian Santos hardwood and the blade is stonewashed to a soft glow. The Woodsman weighs 5.2oz and comes with an Italian leather, hand sewn.oil-tanned sheath.
The Assault is a take-to-the-fight, low-profile duty knife. The handle is American G10 scales and features a PVD black-coated blade that reduces the visible signature to nearly zero. The Assault weighs 5.4 oz and comes with a black Cordura sheath with a sleeve for a sharpening rod or fire starter.
DPx Gear knives are guaranteed against manufacturer defects for the life of the purchaser. DPx Gear reserves the right to repair or replace a knife under warranty at DPx Gear's discretion.
- Black TiCN PVD coated Niolox tool steel blade with 61 Rockwell hardness
- Brazilian santos wood natural finish scales with storage area
- Hex driver socket
- Unique wire strippers jimping
- Bottle opener/lifter/thumb control point on blade
- Handmade Italian leather sheath
- 304 stainless steel hybrid slotted/Allen screws
- 1/4” hex driver
- Pry bar
- Lifetime warranty
- Limited run
- Blade Length: 3.15" (80 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.187" (4.8mm)
- Blade Steel: Niolox Tool Steel 61HRC
- Overall Length: 7.63" (194 mm)
- Weight: 4.25 oz (120 g)
- Handle Material: Hollow Brazilian Santos Hardwood
- Sheath Material: Italian Leather
- Designed by Robert Young Pelton
- Hand-made by Lion Steel in Maniago, Northern Italy
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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