This week’s Steal is a compact and exceptionally rugged line of every-day-carry knives: this is the DPx Gear HEAT/F.
The HEAT, which stands for Hostile Environment At Hand Tool, was conceived as a more compact take on DPx’s popular HEST folder, in order to give law enforcement and first responder personnel an equally constructed tool with a more economic blade and design.
The thick two-and-a-quarter inch blade definitely carries itself like a much larger knife. It deploys smoothly and certainly via the dual thumbstuds. The bottle-opener notch calls back to Robert Young Pelton’s early experiments with fixed blade knives, and functions as a thumb grip or “quick open” mechanism. Blade steel differs depending on the model and ranges from Sleipner to D2 Tool to Niolox stainless steel.
The titanium frame lock is extremely secure, and there is even a left-handed version available, making the line even more accessible. The handle scale ranges from carbon fiber to G10 to an attractive 3D titanium version. Comes with a removable pocket clip and glass breaker. The hand feel is quite comfortable for such a compact knife.
Overall, the Heat/F line from DPx Gear packs a ton of features into a compact but stout package.