DPX GEAR® CELEBRATES TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH TWO VERY LIMITED RUN EDITION KNIVES IN BOHLER M390 - THE DPX HEST 6 DECADE AND THE DPX ACULUS FLIPPER
San Diego, CA – April 9, 2019 – DPx Gear, Inc. has released two limited run tenth anniversary knife models - the DPx HEST 6 Decade and the DPx Aculus Flipper.
The fixed blade combative knife, the DPx HEST 6 Decade, is available in 100 numbered units and features hollow Micarta™ scales and Bohler M390 blade steel. Also in M390 and featuring a new hollow grind blade, is DPx Gear's first flipper release: the Aculus Flipper. Both knife models are available exclusively from DPx Gear and ready for immediate shipment.
"When DPx Gear began we started with one idea and one knife. Make the best quality knife for the best customers," says Robert Young Pelton, founder of DPx Gear on his first design, the HEST Original. It was a surprisingly simple but strong survival knife.
The original HEST (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) featured paper Micarta handles, a multi-purpose design, large hollowed out and balanced handle, pry bar, wire breaker and managed to be both light and strong. It was an instant hit.
A decade later DPx Gear has made and sold a lot of knives to a lot of great customers who appreciate our “field first” design philosophy. Designing a knife based on what is needed not what the latest marketing trend is. Using the right steel for each application, creating classic designs, testing, tweaking, testing some more and only after RYP has used, abused, passed around and beaten up his designs do we go into production.
To make sure the execution matches the concept we only work with the world’s finest knife makers in America and Northern Italy.
So what did we learn in ten years? Keep it strong, keep it simple, keep it light, elegant and balanced. And make it for a lifetime of use, building in the pursuit of patina and extreme hard use as a badge of honor not an exception.
DPx HEST 6 DECADE
The HEST 6 design is a classic in that it combines military and outdoor survival requirements in a balanced, light ergonomic hard use knife.
The first thing you notice is how light and balanced the blade is. The other takeaway is how perfectly your fingers flow into the carefully designed contoured grip in both normal and reverse grip. The pommel is unique in that it allows complete thumb coverage in combatives and the rounded spine that delivers comfort over hours of hard use.
To celebrate a decade in business, we have selected a number of very limited run products. Combining our classic 6-inch design for SERE instructors and candidates with the classic Micarta handle and Cordura sheath.
They are individually numbered and engraved with the special DPx Gear 10th anniversary "Decade" logo. An additional twenty unnumbered but specifically engraved versions have been manufactured to be donated, auctioned or used to equip U.S. Special Operations units and in support of Veteran causes.
The DPx HEST 6 Decade comes in a black, MOLLE-compatible Cordura sheath with an extra storage compartment and can be purchased by visiting https://dpxgear.com/products/dpx-hest-6-decade.
Blade Length: 6.00"/ 150mm
Blade Steel: Bohler M390
Blade Thickness: 0.19"/ 5mm
Blade Finish: Stonewashed
Overall Length: 11.18"/ 284mm
DPx ACULUS FLIPPER
The new flipper version of the mono block frame gentleman’s knife, the DPx Aculus Flipper has innovative changes for 2019, including a flipper configuration in a solid one piece frame and a hollow ground Bohler M390 blade.
The DPx Aculus is a hard use gentleman’s knife carved from a single block of Grade 5 aerospace spec 6Al4v titanium alloy.
The Aculus is an every day carry tool with beautifully fluid lines, exquisite ergonomics, and a tough blade of the highest quality and finish.
The frame is a single seamless machined piece of art, elegantly held together with only two screws. The Aculus was designed for undercover work, where professionals must dress in formal wear but must carry tools that cannot fail. The ergonomics had to work as a knife but also as a concealed hand held tool capable of dealing non-lethal pain to attackers.
The DPx Aculus Flipper features a unique wave pattern for superior grip, a deep carry pocket clip and razor sharp Bohler M390 blade steel. It can be purchased only by visiting https://dpxgear.com/products/dpx-aculus-flipper.
Blade Length: 3.26” / 83 mm
Blade Steel: Bohler M390
Blade Thickness: 0.14” / 3.50 mm
Blade Finish: Satin Finish
Overall Length: 7.71” / 196 mm
Closed Length: 4.33” / 110 mm
Handle: Sandblasted 6Al4v Titanium Bronze Anodized
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