A limited edition, first run of the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP, DPx Gears first bush knife designed by founder, Robert Young Pelton, is now available. There are 200 units in the first run and each knife will be numbered and include a certificate of authenticity.
"After decades in the jungles of Asia, Africa, North America and other remote places, I have always wanted something between a machete and a rugged survival knife, says DPx Gear founder Robert Young Pelton. The CHOP is a twelve inch piece of razor sharp Sleipner steel that makes short work of building camp, cooking, and even self defense. The key to the CHOPs unique patented design is not just the use of the same exotic steel used in the commercial meat processing industry but also the ergonomics. The shape of the knife is unique. A deeply ergonomic handle with rounded full tang flows into a front-heavy axe-like tip. There are also twelve inches of perfectly straight, sword grind Sleipner steel to perform precision work; a flat, thick spine for pounding; a relief area to balance the knife; and a two inch tip with a thicker grind for splitting wood and a thick point for ground work. There are also two clever depressions at the front and back of the spine for batoning through timber.
The DPx Gear CHOP 12 is the perfect middle ground between a hatchet, machete and heavy bush knife. Paired with a light, tough, skinning knife like the DPx HEST Original it becomes the perfect outdoor combination.
This breakthrough blade has been shaped, trimmed and tweaked for the heavy work demanded by extreme environments, notes Pelton who spends long periods of time using and testing his prototypes in hard places like Somalia, Afghanistan, Burma, South Sudan, and other areas where he works as a war journalist, explorer and author. The CHOP is a spare-no-expense survival blade that can be used to cut down a twelve inch tree or even for fine tasks like shaving.
The DPx HEFT 12 CHOP is made in Italy by LionSTEEL and features Sleipner stainless steel, ergonomic black Micarta scales and a KYDEX expedition sheath made in the USA.