Some of you may be getting tired of the press releases, but they are what is happening right now in the knife world as the SHOT show is underway.
Here is the latest from DPx Gear. OK, so the name didn’t ring a bell for me, but they have bona fides. The company was founded by famed travel writer Robert Young Pelton. Since it is his company, and not just selling his name (Yes, I’m calling you out Gerber/Bear Grylls), I put more trust in the strength of the “celebrity endorsement”.
I have one question about the design. At 12″ it is even shorter than my 14″ CRKT Halfachance. If it is going to be closer to a knife, why not give it a shape that is more versatile for “knife tasks” like animal butchery? It’s blade seems even more radically shaped for wood processing.
It still looks like a blade I would like to swing, but at a MSRP of $256, I wouldn’t be able to justify it in my wildest dreams. Spending $100 on a machete is something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. However, these days there are examples from Kershaw, CRKT, Benchmade, and others in this price range that are fine tools, and but aren’t creeping into high-production/low custom knife range.
Full Press Release below the jump:
January 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
DPx Gear, Inc.
DPX GEAR® DEBUTS ITS FIRST 12″ BUSH KNIFE AT SHOT SHOW 2015DPx Gear Expands its DPx HEFT™ Knife Line with The CHOP™, a Combination Wood Splitter, Axe,
Machete and Razor Sharp Camp Tool
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 20, 2015 – DPx Gear is expanding its DPx HEFT (Hostile Environment Field Tool) line with the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP, the multi-use wilderness knife for expeditions and hard use. The DPx HEFT 12 CHOP Fixed is the only hard use tool you need for your expedition. Made in Italy by LionSTEEL featuring Sleipner stainless steel, ergonomic G10 scales, and a flattened blade tip perfect for battoning. MSRP for this model is $256.25.DPx Gear will be exhibiting in booth 3161 with prototypes of this knife available for viewing.
DPx H*E*F*T 12 CHOP
Blade Length: 12.52″
Blade Steel: Sleipner, 60 HRC
Blade Thickness: 0.22″
Blade Finish Stonewashed
Overall Length: 18.62″
*specifications subject to change without notice.
About DPx Gear
Founded in 2008 by explorer, author and adventurer, Robert Young Pelton, DPx Gear, Inc. designs, tests and builds hard use equipment for special operations, expeditions and law enforcement. Learn more at www.dpxgear.com.