Posted February 2, 2012 by Howard
DPx Gear HEST II Fixed Blades Woodsman and Assault
DPx Gear and Robert Pelton have released great products over the last year or so. This year promises many more. These first 2 items for 2012 are short-run fixed blade versions of the Hostile Environment Survival Tool (HEST) II fixed blades. One is for the outdoors in general, the woodsman, and the other is black coated for stealth combat use. The handles are removable with storage in them. They are awesome knives and have the DPx signature features, the notch for dealing with hot things around a camp fire, the pointed end of the handle and the wrench cutout.
You can see these new knives at www.knifecenter.com
Here is more info from DPx HEST:
The craftsmen at LionSTEEL in Maniago, Northern Italy, manufacture the DPx H•E•S•T™ II Woodsman fixed blade knife. This knife is the Italian-made answer to the original DPx H•E•S•T and features various enhancements to the original configuration, including Sleipner steel, a revised pry bar angle and a slightly modified hollow handle. Sleipner steel is a chromium-molybdenum-vanadium alloyed tool steel that boasts extreme wear resistance, resistance to chipping, edge retention, hardness (60 HRC) and excellent “toothiness” in fine cutting. The blade of your knife has been either stone washed Woodsman or Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) PVD coated Assault.
The DPx Gear Hostile Environment Survival Tool (HEST) II is a short run, high end version of the DPX HEST Original. The HEST II is made with Sleipnersteel which delivers a harder, more granular cutting edge without the chipping or problems normally associated with very hard tool steels. The HEST II comes in a black G10 scaled, PVD coated tactical version for law enforcement and military or an “old school” naked stone washed blade and natural matching Brazilian Santos wood scales. The scales on the HEST II are thick providing more storage area and a meatier grip. We created a beautiful matching sheath in either cordura tactical or hand made leather.
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.
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. Sleipner 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 Sleipner 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 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.
Blade is Sleipner tool steel with 60 Rockwell hardness
Brazilian Santos hardwood scales
Handmade Italian leather sheath
Unique wire stripper, jimping and hard lashing points
Integrated striker pommel, pry bar and lanyard hole
Thumb grip/bottle opener
304 stainless steel hybrid slotted/Allen screws
1/4″ Hex driver
Blade Length: 3.15″ (80 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.187″ (4.8mm)
Blade Steel: Sleipner Tool Steel 60HRC
Overall Length: 7.63″ (194 mm)
Weight: 5.2 oz
Handle Material: Hollow Brazilian Santos hardwood
Sheath Material: Handmade Italian leather
Designed by Robert Young Pelton
Hand-made by Lion Steel in Maniago, Northern Italy