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DPx Knives…OVERACHIEVERS!!

What can I say about DPx…what can I say about their designs, aesthetics, innovations, choice of materials, serrations, size and shape, sheath design and materials used in the sheaths….what can I truly say with a honest heart and mind??

Honestly, with pure truth, DPx knives are BAD TO THE BONE! I have looked over these knives for a month now while prepping and writing other pieces…and to be perfectly straight with you all, they’re about as close to being the ideal tactical knife as an edged tool can get.

When I first received these…Robert Young Pelton a.k.a. RYP (the main man behind DPx designs, etc.) gave me these instructions (Paraphrasing): “Beat the SH*T out of those knives. Treat them badly, push them as hard as you want, lets see what they can do.” <— I have VERY rarely had any company tell me flat out to “Beat the sh*t out of their knives”. Thats AWESOME!…and it tells you the level of confidence RYP has in his designs and the company making the DPx line….which consequently is LionSteel Italy.

I have handled their entire line up to date, save one folder that is a limited edition. I have chopped up 2″x4″ planks, cut multiple lengths of cord, tried to get the handles so they would loosen and rattle(They wont) by chopping and working the knife excessively hard, and cut multiple pieces of Cardboard, which any true knife aficionado knows dulls knives with a quickness…and these knives…these DPx Knives…they just wont quit. I tried to get them to….believe me! We already recently took the HEFT 6 into the Meat Testing Arena to see what kin doff damage it would inflict in Flesh. Well people, for the first time when testing anything, I actually WASNT surprised. Wanna know why, check out the pics.

So they need to be shown, you all need to see what I see now that these have been used. The blade edge still looks good & clean, the black finish is still decent, the sheath is great, the serrations are still sharp, and then some.

There are MANY knives and sizes to choose from in the DPx and/or Blackwater line up.

You have the DPx HEST II Assault, Specs to follow:
Blade length: 3.15” / 80.01 mm
Blade thickness: 0.19” / 4.70 mm
Overall length: 7.63” / 193.80 mm
Weight: 4.80 oz / 136.08 g
Blade Steel: Black satin TiCN PVD-coated Niolox tool steel blade with 61 Rockwell hardness
Hollow handle
Unique wire stripper jimping and hard lashing points
Thumb grip/bottle opener
American Black G10 scales
Black CORDURA® sheath
Lifetime no-questions-asked warranty
304 stainless steel hybrid slotted/Allen screws
1/4” hex dr iver
Designed by Robert Young Pelton
Handmade by LionSTEEL® in Maniago, Northern Italy

To Purchase the H.E.S.T. II Assault Model, please go to: http://dpxgear.com/proshop/knives-hest-assault-p-43.html?cPath=3&osCsid=0df88925ed28fe5bd100573553eebddd

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Then you have the next size up, the DPx HEFT 4 Assault:

Blade length: 3.94” / 100.08 mm
Blade thickness: 0.19” / 4.83 mm
Overall length: 9.05” / 229.87 mm
Weight: 7.05 oz / 199.86 g
Blade Steel: German Niolox steel blade with 61 Rockwell hardness and black satin TiCN PVD coating
Handle Features: Hollow handle with 304 stainless steel hybrid slotted/Allen screws
1/4” magnetized hex driver
Integrated striker pommel, bottle opener, lanyard hole and lashing points
Contoured Black American G10 scales
Black CORDURA sheath
Lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty
Designed by Tommaso Rumici & Robert Young Pelton
Made by LionSTEEL® in Maniago, Northern Italy

To Purchase the H.E.F.T. 4 Assault Model, please go to:
http://dpxgear.com/proshop/knives-heft-assault-p-40.html?cPath=3&osCsid=682ef3aa8e139b55804d79a03499dd46

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Of course the next size up is the beastly DPx HEFT 6 Assault:

Blade length: 5.75” / 146.05 mm
Blade thickness: 0.19” / 4.83 mm
Overall length: 11.22” / 284.99 mm
Weight: 10.23oz / 290.02g
Blade Steel: Sleipner steel with 60 HRC with PVD black coating
Handle Features: Hollow handle with 304 hybrid slotted/Allen screws
Integrated striker pommel, pr y bar, lanyard hole and lashing points
Contoured Black American G10
Black CORDURA® sheath
Lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty
Designed by Tommaso Rumici & Robert Young Pelton
Made by LionSTEEL® in Maniago, Northern Italy

To Purchase the H.E.F.T. 6 Assault Model, please go to:
http://dpxgear.com/proshop/knives-heft-assault-p-42.html?cPath=3&osCsid=35581cb8e36b44cbf982e6cdcd7e1ea8

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And then you move on the the DPx Folder, an example of “how its supposed to be done” among Knives, and a beast in your hand, The DPx HEST/F 2.0 Olive Drab:

Open length: 7.63″
Closed length: 4.93″
Blade (max thickness): 0.197″
Blade length: 3.67″
Cutting edge: 3.10″
Titanium alloy frame thickness: 0.165″
G10 scale thickness: 0.165″
Weight: 5.1 ounces
–FEATURES–
-Blade is German D2 tool steel polished then milspec phosphate coated
-Tumble finish 6AL4v GR5 Titanium Alloy frame and spring frame lock
-Patented LionSTEEL RotoBlock(R) system
-American-made G10 handle scale (OD Green)
-Removable stainless steel clip and glass breaker (comes with replacement smooth head screw)
with integrated lanyard attachment
-1/4″ hex driver
-Unique wire stripper, jimping and hard lashing points
-Thumb grip/bottle opener
Note: Knife includes a unique, collectible Mr. DP skull adjustment tool which is used to adjust the pivot tension and remove/replace the glass breaker screw with an included flat screw. The tool may also be used as a handy EDC by itself. (From the site)

To Purchase the H.E.S.T. F 2.0 Folder Model, please go to:
http://dpxgear.com/proshop/knives-hestf-olive-drab-p-11.html?cPath=3&osCsid=a203ebeb857631ddd5e2b025ac897e5c

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DPx also, in partnership with Blackwater, designed and had specific knives made for Blackwater USA and their operators. Made by LionSteel of Italy, to the exacting specs that DPx demands, and Lionsteel Delivers.

The Blackwater Grizzly is up 1st:
Overall Length: 11.18″ (284mm)
Blade Length: 6.00″ (150mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.20″ (5mm)
Weight:10.23 oz (290g)
Steel Type: Sleipner steel with 60 HRC with PVD black coating
Handles: Black G10
Manufactured by LionSTEEL in Maniago, Italy
To Purchase the Grizzly Model, please go to: http://blackwaterusa.com/store/blackwater-grizzly-6

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Next up is the Blackwater Ursa Fixed Blade:
Overall Length: 11.38″ (289mm)
Blade Length: 5.95″ (151mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.24″ (6mm)
Weight: 11.10 oz (315 g)
Steel Type: Sleipner steel with 60 HRC with PVD black coating
Handles: Black G10
Manufactured by LionSTEEL in Maniago, Italy
To Purchase the Ursa Model, please go to: http://blackwaterusa.com/store/blackwater-ursa-6

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And finally…the Blackwater SpecWar Knife, made for and only available to NSW:
Its specs are as follows….

Blade length: 3.94” / 100.08 mm
Blade thickness: 0.19” / 4.83 mm
Overall length: 9.05” / 229.87 mm
Weight: 7.05 oz / 199.86 g
Steel Type: Elmax Stainless (PVD Coating)
Handles: Black G10
Manufactured by LionSTEEL in Maniago, Italy

…Which are very similar to the DPx HEFT 4…save a few details like the Blade Steel which is Elmax, and the Handle Medallion, etc. Another interesting fact about this knife: Its esigned to keep a sharp edge for up to a 3 month deployment. More interesting info an facts about this knife in the article linked below.
There is a great article on this knife on the Blackwater SpecWar Knife.
http://blackwaterusa.com/blackwater-specwar-is-operator-designed-knife

To Purchase a Blackwater/DPx SpecWar Knife please email Terran Bellamy at: [email protected]
He can also have your SpecWar Customized to your Unit in various ways.
NOTE- SpecWar Knife only available to Active Duty military.

One problem Solider face with knives is: “What happens if I break this thing during normal use? What happens if it gets so badly damaged I cant use it anymore?” Well, DPx and Robery Young Pelton have taken care of those worries with literally the BEST Knife warranty for Soldiers, in the business: They will replace any broken knife, no questions asked, and if your knife needs to be fixed, they will even send you a “LOANER” Knife until yours is fixed and ready to deploy again. I have personally never heard of a warrantee like this, and I’m pretty certain it will become the standard among the best knife companies. Just remember, DPx set that standard…and they set it only 2 years out of the gate. Thats badass and pretty much unheard of! GREAT JOB DPX TEAM!

I want to extend a MASSIVELY HUGE Thank you to Mr. Pelton for his generosity and speediness when shipping product. I also want to say Thank You to the entire DPx Team for their great work and awesome customer service.

When it comes to choosing a knife you can afford, one you want to accompany out into the forest while hunting, or on your MOLLE Rig with you in the SandBox, Overseas, or even to Mars, look only as far as your local DPx Dealer or DPXGear.com ( http://dpxgear.com/index.php ).

Lemme make this abundantly clear, DPx is like the AK47 of knives, you will give up and quit LONG before they do.

-Chief Out-

Normally we would be done here, but because we didnt get any decent pics of the 2×4 tests we did or some of the other tasks we put the DPx line to, we took the HEFT6 Assault and the HEST F 2.0 to the limit to see what sort of biological damage they can produce on a ‘once living’ target….a.k.a. “MEAT TESTING”
SO…HERE WE GO! First, we did the HEFT 6 Assault Fixed Blade…Then we have the H.E.S.T F 2.0 Folder and the cutting damage and piercing damage each can deliver. They say: “The Proof is in the Pudding”…in this case, I believe: “The Proof is in the Meat.” Take a good hard look at the depth of each cut, the straight lines that each blade cuts(No “Rips”, only slicing), and the risidual flesh left on the Serrations of the HEFT 6 Assault Fixed Blade. You can clearly see the amount of damage that is not only possible, but easily doable. When I sliced thru the meat, it felt like I was using a Laser more than I was using a Knife. There was almost NO resistance… thats rare.
Further Proof of the Quality of the DPx line up and the forward thought ability of Robert Young Pelton. If you ask me, DPx is one of THE Companies to keep your eye on in the future for knives. Like I said above….YOU will quit and give up LONG before your DPx Knife will.

Thank you for reading. Keep yourself safe and always use caution when using any sort of edged tool or otherwise. Customers and readers assume all risk and liability.

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