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DPx Gear: HEST Original (Made By Rowen Mfg.) OD Green Fixed Blade Knife with Skeletized Handle & Green Canvas Micarta Scales

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The DPx H-E-S-T Original fixed blade knife is manufactured in the United States by Rowen Manufacturing.

H E S T stands for "Hostile Environment Survival Tool". The H E S T knife/tool was designed by Robert Young Pelton as a result of his experiences in traveling through over three dozen conflict zones and well over 100 countries. He wanted a simple, durable tool that was tough enough to accomplish big tasks but also get one out of a tight spot when a sharp edge is needed. The H E S T knife/tool will give you the confidence that you need in difficult situations regardless of where or how they occur.

The H E S T knife/tool will serve you well in outdoor situations as a light multipurpose wood crafting, field dressing, skinning, trimming and even shaving blade. The H E S T knife/tool is also a very handy everyday carry knife with its bottle opener, pry bar and durable cutting edge.

The H E S T features unusually thick steel (which is comparable in thickness to blades of 12" or more) and a razor sharp cutting edge. It is designed with a precise blade length to allow maximum force and control during use. The balance is superb and it will feel natural in your hand.

The notch at the base of the blade acts as the choil allowing you to keep a sharp cutting edge the full length of the blade. Careful alignment of the choil and the opener also provides two very stable lashing points for an improvised longer spear handle, axe or dead drop trap.

There is a bottle opener (small pry tab) on the top of the H E S T. The .190" thick top area ahead of the bottle opener/pry tab allows you to hammer the blade through thick wood, creating a durable axe type tool.

The pry bar/scraper tool can be struck with a hammer or rock to split or open something. It can also be used to open stuck objects, pull wood staples and for a multitude of other purposes. The pry bar tip can be sharpened when it gets dull.

The handle scales are hollowed out on the inside to provide a secret/emergency storage area for things like emergency "get out of jail" money, snare wire, fishing line, fish hooks, band aids or other things that you want to have readily available. The scales are held in place with brass screws which can quickly be removed to open or remove the grips. The storage area is not waterproof, but can be made so by adding a bead of silicon on each side before reassembling.

The H E S T knife/tool is designed to be used with the skeletonized handle if one wishes to do so. This is very beneficial when a person needs a flat profile for concealment purposes and when carrying it as a neck knife. Of course the handle can be wrapped with paracord or leather strips. The lashing holes on the front and back of the handle can be used to start and end your paracord or leather wrap.

The H-E-S-T comes with a MOLLE compatible KYDEX sheath and Belt Clip Plate. The Kydex sheath is heat molded to the H E S T knife/tool and was designed as a system that allows variations for belt, pocket, neck, MOLLE and other carry methods.

NOTE: You may purchase high quality Blade-Tech MOLLE Lok Straps for this knife, which increases carry option versatility.

The H E S T knife carries a lifetime guarantee just like all other DPX Gear knives. If for any reason your knife breaks or fails, return it with your purchase information and address and a new one will be shipped.


Blade Finish:
Textured Powder Coat
Blade Length:
3 1/8 in. (7.93 cm)
Blade Steel:
1095 Carbon
Blade Thickness:
3/16 in. (4.77 mm)
Blade Type:
Drop Point
Handle Material:
Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Style:
Fixed Blade
Knife Weight:
4.4 oz
Overall Length:
7 5/8 in. (19.36 cm)
60 HRC
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  • Review from Tony


    I purchased this knife because when you factor in that it's manufactured by Rowen, comes stock with micarta scales and a kydex sheath, and similar blade shape to the ESEE Izula in a more stout knife, then the $105 price tag doesn't seem so steep.

    If you were to get a Becker BK11, add the micarta scales and a custom kydex sheath, you'd be looking at about the same overall price range. Losing my BK11 because it fell out of its stock sheath is what prompted me to look for another knife (But I'll give props to Ka-Bar's customer service for replacing it).

    The HEST Original has the same features I liked about the BK11 that many people find gimmicky: the cap lifter, wire breaker, and ability to do some amount of prying. But the protruding pry bar portion of the HEST's handle provides a good anchor point to keep the knife solidly hooked on your fingers while doing some light snap chops. I also like the storage cavity between the handle scales.

    Is a knife this short and stout really necessary? It depends on your likings. I'd be just as happy with a Mora or a Victorinox. But I like the HEST Original, too.

    And a thank you to theknifeconnection for having great prices and fast shipping. I bought an ESEE Laser Strike in the past from here, so I've experienced the awesome prices and quick shipping prior to this purchase.

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