Some say it is because of the mirror like blade finish on the Milspec model, and some say it is the small size matched with the heavy duty utility it offers. Both of these attributes are spot on, but we think it is the blade steel: CPM 154. Lately, we have been getting a lot of questions on this blade, so we decided to break down why this off-the-radar steel is so unique.
“The goal was to stay within the same price point as our first folder came out in 2010. An aggressive concept considering the cost of premium materials and what has happened over the last ten years. We’ve enhanced the knife durability, simplified the design, retained the same hard use features, and still offer our famous Skull Tool,” says DPx Gear founder, Robert Young Pelton.
“A proven, heirloom quality knife, crafted by an award winning manufacturer, at a reasonable price with a lifetime warranty. It’s the perfect product for someone looking to get past gas station knives or low priced folders.”
DPx Gear has focused on hard use knives for professionals for a decade. The most famous platform being the tried and true DPx Gear Hostile Environment Field Tool or H•E•S•T. For a decade, users like those in the military, first responders and outdoorsmen have put the rugged three inch folder to use in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Not surprising since the designer of the multi use blade, Robert Young Pelton has made a career of surviving those conditions. To celebrate the long run of this classic folder, Pelton has created the best version yet. The obsessively perfected, hand tuned version of the HEST/F folder is called the DPx HEST/F Leggaro. It is the lightest and most elegant version and fastest opening of the classic HEST/F folding knives.
Plenty of great knives are being made overseas these days, but the bladesmith scene in the U.S. is thriving. From big companies and small shops, you can pick from a wide variety of stellar cutting tools, all crafted with care and precision in America. We selected a few folders and fixed-blade knives that will make any outdoor slicing, carving, or chopping task this summer easier and more enjoyable.
Weaving our way through deserted back alleys, I can tell we’ve arrived at the front. Not just from the noise of heavy 14.5s, mortar hits, and RPGs, but because driver Hussam hunches down and peers up through the windshield of our grimy Toyota pickup. He’s looking for drones.
“Are you afraid of the drones?” I ask.
“I am not afraid because I am putting my life for my country,” he answers.
I’m not totally buying it. Although the fighters I’m with are young, they’re well-seasoned. They fought in the 2011 Revolution, but now they really don’t have a plan on how to deal with this new threat. All while being partly encircled by the forces of General Khalifa Haftar.
When it comes to lifetime heirloom knives, some of our customers want more. They want it to be completely unique to them. That's where Dark Alliance comes in. When they are in the market for a one-of-a-kind spin on a high end knife or gun, the place to go is Dark Alliance Firearms in Las Vegas, Nevada - one of America’s hottest customizers of weapons and tools. Co-founder, Jeremy Schmierer is one of the most meticulous and unique firearms engravers out there and he digs DPx Gear.
The Kabul Country Club
As told by Robert Young Pelton, founder of DPx Gear.
Long timers in Afghanistan will know that there actually is a Kabul Country Club. Technically it is called the Kabul Golf Club on Qargha Road . The nine hole course was opened in 1967, the heyday of Kabul, and its role as an international destination. Kabul was pitched to tourists as the "Switzerland of Asia", where travelers could arrive via the Pan Am-operated Ariana Airlines and stay at the newly built Kabul Intercontinental Hotel.
When founder of DPx Gear, Robert Young Pelton was officially convinced to apply his unique experiences into a knife design, he produced an affordable, American made tool that could take a beating in hostile environments.
After ten years, the simple fixed blade design of the HEST Original is still just as affordable and tough.
Just like its older fixed blade brother, the HEST/F is eight years into its lifespan as a hard use tool at an affordable price.