DPx HEST Original Coming in New Configurations - October 2014

DPx HEST Original Coming in New Configurations - October 2014

October 10, 2014

It has been nearly six years since DPx Gear®'s very first knife design, the DPx H•E•S•T™ Original, hit the streets. The iconic design that launched DPx is coming soon in new configurations which are estimated to ship October 31st, 2014. The additions to the lineup are as follows:

The serrated version is a combo edge with a short strip of serrations at the base of the blade. The serration pattern will be flat so that they may be sharpened easily in the field. The desert tan and OD green versions will allow for DPx customers to choose a different visual signature than the standard black coating. The knives will all come standard with a KYDEX sheath and optional belt clip attachment and the same quality and lifetime warranty DPx Gear's customers have come to expect.

DPx is excited for its line to expand and looks forward to its customer's feedback once these new models hit the streets.

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DPx Gear on Knife Thursday

DPx Gear on Knife Thursday

September 11, 2014

Listen to KnifeThursday's Season 3, Episode 4 podcast featuring Lisa M. Pelton, COO and Co-Owner of DPx Gear. Lisa and the guys discuss what makes a midtech a midtech (versus custom or production) and answers Instagram follower questions about knives.

Listen to the podcast here

Knife Thursday is a weekly knife appreciation website and rallying point for knife knuts of all types. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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Press Release - DPx Gear Introduces the DPx HIT Cutter: The Carabiner-Carry Knife that Never Needs a Sheath

Press Release - DPx Gear Introduces the DPx HIT Cutter: The Carabiner-Carry Knife that Never Needs a Sheath

July 28, 2014

DPx Gear® Introduces the DPx H•I•T™ Cutter

The Carabiner –Carry Knife that Never Needs a Sheath

San Diego, California – July 28, 2014 – Robert Young Pelton, founder of DPx Gear, Inc., innovates again with a new design that eliminates the sheath for a hard use fixed blade knife. The new DPx HIT Cutter is the first knife in the new DPx HIT (Handle Inversion Tool) line of knives that all feature an integrated pivoting blade guard and handle. This patent pending concept is called DPx Centric™. Pelton tested the DPx HIT on his recent trip into the violent world of South Sudan, where he was to be the first to document the South Sudanese White Army in combat.

DPx HIT on Pack in Sudan The HIT Cutter Easily Clips on to Gear in South Sudan

The 5.5 inch long, 0.19-inch thick martensitic steel knife has a wicked two-inch edge yet weighs less than three ounces. The carabiner mount and one finger control is intended for emergency responders, climbers, rafters, divers and any other application where an easily accessible, exact control hard use cutting tool is necessary. The knife is made from CPM S35VN stainless American steel hardened to 61 Rockwell scale to maintain its cutting edge under abuse.

The locking blade guard means there is no need for a bulky or heavy sheath. It can be carried on a pack, belt loop or lanyard with confidence. A forward push of a finger against the thumb stud releases the guard which, with minimal assistance, snaps back smoothly to become the handle. When not in use, the guard snaps back and locks automatically due to the clever spring-action DPx Centric design.

The DPx HIT Cutter knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $187.50. For additional information and a video of the DPx Centric in action visit www.dpxgear.com/hit-cutter.

Product Specifications

UPC: 857171003398
Blade Steel & Finish: Stonewashed CPM S35VN
Blade Temper: 61 HRC
Blade Length: 2.00” (51 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.19” (5 mm)
Overall Length: 5.50” (140 mm)
Weight: 2.88 oz. (82 g)
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Patents: http://www.dpxgear.com/patents

High-resolution images and any additional information can be obtained by contacting the media contact listed below.

About DPx Gear

Founded in 2008, DPx Gear, Inc. designs, tests and builds hard use equipment for Special Operations, expedition members, law enforcement, and demanding customers. Learn more at www.dpxgear.com. DPx Gear currently manufactures over 50 products and holds 17 patents.

Media Contact:

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2321 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92101

+1 619 780 2601


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DPx HEST/F Triple Black Makes Cover of BLADE's Best Factory Knives eBook

DPx HEST/F Triple Black Makes Cover of BLADE's Best Factory Knives eBook

April 01, 2014 1 Comment

In February 2014 BLADE Magazine released their eBook: BLADE's Best Factory Knives: The Best Factory Knives of BLADE's First 40 Years and the DPx HEST/F Triple Black Special Edition ("T3") knife is featured on the cover. The eBook is a three-part series recognizing the top 40 factory knives from 1973-2013. The DPx HEST/F Triple Black Special Edition was named as one of the top knives of 2013 by BLADE Magazine, an accolade DPx Gear is quite proud of considering DPx Gear's short tenure in the industry at the time of the award (about 2 years). The same knife also won BLADE show's Most Innovative Imported Design award in 2012. In April 2014 DPx Gear released its production version of the DPx HEST/F Triple Black with revised hardware to eliminate the need for an expensive tool and availability in four different configurations: right-handed, left-handed, plain edge and serrated edge.

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DPx Gear Introduces the DPx H•I•T: The Carabiner-Carry Knife That Never Needs a Sheath

DPx Gear Introduces the DPx H•I•T: The Carabiner-Carry Knife That Never Needs a Sheath

March 03, 2014

A tough fixed blade survival knife with revolutionary blade guard that converts to handle.

DPx HIT on Pack in Sudan


At SHOT Show 2014, DPx Gear introduced a survival knife line called the DPx HIT (Handle Inversion Tool) with an integral pivoting blade guard that forms the handle.  This patent pending concept is called DPx Centric and will part of new line of knives starting with an action-oriented "DPx Hit Cutter” and followed shortly thereafter by the "DPx HIT Skinner". The DPx Centric system uses a rugged carabiner and an innovated rotating, locking patent pending edge protector. That means there is no need for a bulky or heavy sheath since the blade edge is revealed with a flick of a finger as the guard smoothly becomes the handle.   When not in use the guard snaps back and locks due to the clever DPx Centric design created by Robert Young Pelton.

The DPx Centric function is demonstrated in a YouTube video that can be viewed here.

The DPx HIT is constructed of martensitic CPM S35-VN  heat treated steel from Crucible Industries and is manufactured by White River Knives based in Coopersville, Michigan.  MSRP will be around $187.50 and the DPx HIT will be sold with a soft leather embossed pouch.

The DPx HIT is a patent-pending idea that adds to the dozen patents or so held by DPx Gear founder Robert Young Pelton. Pelton is better known for his ability to  survive kidnapping, plane crashes, car accidents and over two dozen war zones. His exploits as an explorer, TV host, survival expert, best-selling author and filmmaker have taught him what works in the real world. Pelton was encouraged by ESEE co-owner Jeff Randall to design a survival knife for a decade until finally in 2008 Pelton launched the DPx (Dangerous Places, in extremis) HEST (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) Original. The knife was a success and Pelton never looked back.  DPx Gear now makes over a dozen unique knife designs.

The DPx HIT Cutter Specifications*:

Overall Length: 5.50"
Blade Thickness:  0.19"
Weight:  2.88oz
Blade Length:  2.00"
Blade Steel:  CPM S35-VN
Temper:  61 HRC

The DPx HIT Skinner Specifications*:

Overall Length: 6.43"
Blade Thickness:  0.19"
Weight:  3.40oz
Blade Length:  2.50"
Blade Steel:  CPM S35-VN
Temper:  61 HRC


*specifications subject to change

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DPx Gear Takes Intellectual Property Seriously

DPx Gear Takes Intellectual Property Seriously

February 05, 2014 1 Comment

Like many other popular knife designers and manufacturers, DPx Gear has been victim to an onslaught of overseas "copy cats". Our trademarks and patented designs have been used without permission on low quality, low price knives. We make a significant investment in protecting our intellectual property and will prosecute any infringers to the fullest extent of the law.  To that end, we have added a new page to our website featuring some examples of counterfeit DPx products which includes links to public notice of our patents as well as links to current patent and trademark infringement law.

The majority of the infringers are located in China and the infringing products are posted for sale on websites such as Alibaba.com, dhgate.com and eBay in large quantities. The most commonly copied product is our DPx HEST/F and the fake product typically has a masonic symbol on the scale. Some other variations we've seen include a version with the ESEE Knives Izula logo on one side of the blade with the DPx "circle" logo on the other side of the blade as well as a version with nylon sheath.

Counterfeit DPx Product Counterfeit DPx Product

The longer our product is out, the closer the infringing product may look to the actual product which may cause confusion to the consumer; especially if the consumer has never seen our product in person. We recommend only purchasing your DPx product from an authorized dealer. If you have any concerns about your product being a counterfeit or if you want to report a possible counterfeit product, we encourage you to contact DPx Gear directly at customerservice@dpxgear.com or +1 619 780 2600.

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DPx HEFT 4 Woodsman Featured in Active's Gear Guide

DPx HEFT 4 Woodsman Featured in Active's Gear Guide

December 01, 2013

The DPx HEFT 4 Woodsman is featured in Active Outdoor's Gear Guide and is recommended for the "mountain man".

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Bass Fishing Frenzy Tactical Blog Review of HEFT 4 Milspec

Bass Fishing Frenzy Tactical Blog Review of HEFT 4 Milspec

August 04, 2013

Here's a great review of the DPx HEFT 4 Milspec by the Bass Fishing Frenzy Tactical Blog. The review is copied below or can be found here.

The DPX gear HEFT 4 Assault

Hey guys, its Tag again, with another spectacular product coming your way! This time We're checking out the DPx Gear HEFT 4 Assault edition.  this knife can be found at http://www.dpxgear.com/dpx-heft-4-milspec.html

What DPx Calls the HEFT

 DPx Gear redefined the term “survival knife” with the DPx H•E•S•T. Now the Hostile Environment Field Tool takes our survival concept bigger, harder and longer.
The DPx HEST has a stouter, bolder, four inch brother in 0.19” thick patented German Lohmann Niolox 1.4153.03 stainless, high-performance blade steel sword-grind blade is machined from German Uddeholm Niolox® niobium-enhanced stainless tool steel tempered and cryo-hardened to 61 HRC. This “take to the fight” version delivers more punch in an open use environment or where the pry bar and concealed use of the HEST is not as critical.
This is a knife that is virtually indestructible even in the most demanding survival situations. Built to get you home alive, the DPx HEFT 4 is your ticket out of adversity. It's the last survival knife you'll buy and is a hard working blade that is ideal for military and rugged outdoor pursuits. Ideal for both the demands of bushcraft and wilderness survival use, the HEFT 4 Milspec also comes into play as a self defense weapon and edged tool.
Made to be hammered, abused, and stressed to its limits, the blade will stay razor sharp though extended use, requiring only minor strop. The ergonomic American G10 laminate handle scales with ergonomic grips conceal a cavity for fire starter, fishhooks, and other survival gear. The hollow handle gives the knife a forward balance point that makes cutting, chopping, and hacking less fatiguing.
The HEFT 4 Assault features a hollow handle and an innovative bottle opener/pry bar and lanyard hole all in a well thought out CORDURA sheath.

What the HEFT really is

The HEFT 4 is truly a great little blade, and one that, far surpasses ESEE, Rat and even the infallible BUSSE and Fallkniven blades for bushcraft.  It is not so often that I give a knife such high praise, but The HEFT 4 really deserves it.

Why it rocks


Its Cheaper, has a Deep Belly, Nice gimping, great scales, and marvelous, feature packed blade and design


The HEFT rocks for so many reasons, but I'm going to just have to say the biggest ones.  First off, There's the price.  $175 for a super high end knife, isn't really bad at all.  I mean, sure theres way cheaper, like the Gerber LMF II and even the ESEE 4 and Laser strike, but they don't even come close to this knife.  Lets take the ESEE 4 for example, It's definitely cheaper at $150, but, what less do you get?  With the ESEE you dont get:
  • Wire cutter/stripper
  • Bottle opener
  • Handle storage
  • Skull crusher
  • Niolox Steel
  • Pry bar
  • Bit driver
  • and for all you snobs, Made in ITALY by Lionsteel:)

In just that list, you can tell that the knife has a lot of bang for your buck.  But, thats not all that you want to hear, because it sounds like a sales pitch.  so lets talk about the knife itself.

The blade:

The blade is a sword ground 4" Niolox hunk of steel that is super fancily cryo treated so that it has an absurd HRC of 61.  The steel, at first hearing of how hard it is, seems to be way off for a field knife, but clearly Robert young pelton must have slewn multitudes of unicorns and used their blood to quench the blade, because Ive found it to be absurdly easy to sharpen, and even better to hold an edge!
Also, on the blade is the Great wire stripper Gimping.  Its very Aggressive and employs itself to help your hand find purchase in a multitude of positions, and hey, it works great for stripping wire too!
The Sword grind with its Inch and a sixteenth bellly, works fantastically for all tasks in the bushcraft world.  It whittles like a champ, with your hand finding great purchase on the gimping, and on the other end of the spectrum, its very tough, and stands up well to batoning and use as a shovel and pry bar.  It also does great with other camp tasks, like cleaning fingers, cutting up dinner, and stirring up soup!  In my opinion, the HEFT is really one of my favorite bush knives... ever.

The Handle:

The HEFT 4, just as with its smaller companion knife the HEST II, has a very wonderful, made in America, G10 handle.  I usually prefer micarta, but the design of this G10 forces me to make an acception.  It is, smooth, and yet my hands never to seem to struggle to gain purchase.

Also, I love the fact that when you remove the handles, they're hollow, and can easily fit a firesteel and a pea lighter inside!  I sadly dont have pictures of this, but I assure you its great!  Also, the HEFT 4 has the bottle opener and hex driver in its handles as well.  While I really like this functionality, I would like it more if they gave me a set of bits to put in the sheath.

 The sheath:

So, obviously I like the knife, its really great.  But I hate to say, I despise the sheath and all that it is.  I hate nylon sheaths in the first place, as I just feel that theyre too bulky and annoying for any sort of useful carry.  Dont get me wrong though, the sheath is very well built and heavy duty.  It has a front storage pocket, which would be perfect for that bit kit I was talking about before.  But I really do dislike the sheath.  I think if I could have gotten it in Coyote or OD, I might have not disliked it as much, but its black.  I dont like black.  I think the knife would have been better suited with a kydex sheath, and a buyer choice for either horizontal or vertical carry, and then a small pouch as an add on, that could carry the bit kit.

Closing thoughts:

RYP and his team really outdid themselves on this one.  It seriously is durable, and well thought out.  Besides the Ugly sheath, I have zero complaints! and plus, you cannot beat this price: $180.  I think that anyone looking for a Bush knife should try this thing out before going with someone else, because its utterly bombproof.  
buy it here at: http://www.dpxgear.com/
ADDENDUM:I only call the knife the "best" because I love lots of features, especially when they work, even if It sacrifices some things.  So take this review with some salt, if you arent like that.
Disclaimer: ,I was given this by DPx gear.  I am in no way affiliated with them. Although sometimes I wish I was!

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RYP Featured in Blade Magazine

RYP Featured in Blade Magazine

October 30, 2012

See the Blade Magazine blog post here.

A visitor to some of the world’s most dangerous places, Robert Young Pelton is more than simply a modern-day adventurer. He places himself in harm’s way to bring relevant perspective to the armed struggles that continue to grip various regions around the world.

Also known by his initials of RYP, Pelton has become a recognized figure, discussing his experiences on major television networks, producing documentary films, and writing several books (includingLicensed To Kill, among others) to commemorate his experiences, and providing practical survival techniques and training tips to a vast audience of readers. During his travels, he has lived among the Taliban and Somali pirates and ridden alongside CIA and private contractor personnel performing security and investigative functions in the war-torn regions of the Balkans, Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His latest venture is the founding of a knife company, DPx Gear, specializing in rugged, versatile knives specifically suited for combat, rescue and survival in hostile environments. At the most recent BLADE Show, the company won the Blade Magazine 2012 Most Innovative Imported Design® for the HEST T3. Through it all, Pelton has maintained a healthy respect for the function and necessity of the knife. His understanding of its uses as a tool and as a weapon has come from practical experience, literally in the line of fire and in dangerous situations on a regular basis.

“I don’t have a military background,” Pelton commented during a recent interview. “I actually began my career as a copywriter and then worked with Steve Jobs on the launch of the Mac computer and then with the Upper Deck baseball card company in marketing.”

When he subsequently decided to take a month off work, Pelton picked a random spot on the map and decided to strike out on his first adventure. From there, his series of expeditions grew rapidly into an industry, an industry fraught with high risk—but in his mind, high return as well. Practical experience led to the realization that a high-performance knife is an essential component of the adventurer’s package and to Pelton’s involvement with DPx. He designed the HEST (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) as a result of his experience, and the subsequent product line reflects his time in the field.

“As you start out, you have that moment when you’ve got to get your stuff together, right?” he winked. “Traveling in dangerous places and war zones means you aren’t able to carry a lot, and I was looking for something that would work not only as a survival knife that works when you’re lost and rubbing two sticks together, but also something that works for defense if somebody jumps you.”—BY MIKE HASKEW


To read the complete story on RYP and his world travels, check out the digital version of the December BLADE®. For info on how to get your digital copy, click on www.shopblade.com/blade-dec-2012-digital-issue?lid=SSfbbl101912




1) Robert Young Pelton with U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan, 2001. (photo courtesy of RYP)


2) Pelton and his DPx Gear won the Blade Magazine 2012 Most Innovative Imported Design for the HEST T3 folding knife. (Point Seven photo)


3) RYP interviews Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. (photo courtesy of RYP)

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Gear Patrol Review of DPx HEST II Knife

Gear Patrol Review of DPx HEST II Knife

October 26, 2012

Once you start toting a knife in your EDC, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Cutting, prying, and oh-so-important meat-slicing — you’ve never had it so good. There are plenty of fantastic utility knives for that kind of work — but they don’t quite cut it when you move out of the concrete jungle and into the leafy one. The DPx Gear HEST II Survival Knife ($250) may not be as suave as your EDC cutter of choice — but it is the perfect companion for roughin’ it.

Known as a Hostile Environment Survival Tool (HEST), the limited run fixed-blade knife is an upgraded version of their DPx HEST Original. The upgrade includes a 3.15-inch Sleipnersteel blade with a more resilient cutting edge than other hard steels (60 Rockwell scale). The HEST II also includes a stronger, re-angled pry notch, wire strippers and a hex driver. Go stealthy with the PVD coated blade of the Assault version (we don’t advocate assassins, for the record) or a bit more flashy and sharp with the naked stone-washed blade and wood scales of the Woodsman. Both knives come with a hollow handle for storing survival materials. You can probably fit your suburbanized knife in there.

See the full review here: http://gearpatrol.com/2012/10/26/dpx-gear-hest-2-0-survival-knife/

DPx HEST II Woodsman First Run DPx HEST II Woodsman First Run 

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DPx HEFT Line Review and Testing in the Philippines

DPx HEFT Line Review and Testing in the Philippines

October 25, 2012

Reza Allah-Bakhshi, friend of DPx, recently traveled to Mindanao in the Philippines and used the DPx HEFT line for various survival and jungle applications. Check out his video on our YouTube channel and let us know what you think!

WARNING: At approximately 5:55 there is footage of a chicken being processed using our knives. If you are sensitive to this imagery make sure to fast forward here.

See the video on the DPx YouTube channel here

Subscribe to the DPx Gear YouTube channel here.

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DPx Gear Brochure Available Online

DPx Gear Brochure Available Online

October 18, 2012

We now have available a virtual version of our brochure here. Enjoy!

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