Good morning everyone. I am kicking off my SHOT Show 2018 coverage with a release that is actually a couple of days old, but was timed for creating buzz ahead of the show. Hogue Knives has announced that they are partnering with Heckler & Koch, beginning with the release of 3 new Hogue H&K knives.
For Immediate Release – Friday, January 19, 2018
For over a century combined, Heckler & Koch and Hogue, Inc. have consistently exceeded industry demands, manufacturing the highest quality firearms and accessories available in the world. These megabrands have recently joined forces to release a high quality family of knives.
This collaboration has resulted in the first 3 knives of the HK Knives series being unveiled at SHOT Show on January 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The HK Exemplar is a 3.25” pivot lock folder. Machined black or flat dark earth G10 handles are shaped and textured with a similar pattern to HK’s popular handgun grips for superior grip and grab.
Premium grade steel is profiled and ground providing all the edge you need. The Exemplar features tandem dual thumb studs with a Pivot Lock which offer fast, single handed deploy and retract functionality. MSRP ranges from $149.95 for the tumbled option to $169.96 for black finishes.
The HK Hadron houses a 3.375” switch operated blade which instantly deploys and retracts out-the-front for total control. Its compact and versatile design allows easy storage and quick response when needed. Choices include a clip point or tanto blade with serration and heavy-duty machined aluminum handles in black or flat dark earth.
The MSRP ranges from $289.95 to $299.95.
The HK Karma sports a 3.75” tanto or spear point blade and utilizes HK textured black or safety orange G10 handles. Designed for response effectiveness, the Karma provides the ability to slice, cut, break, and wrench with increased confidence. The knife is strategically shaped and sized for the gloved or bare hand and carries or packs with ease.
The featured strap cutter on the spine rotates open to safely cut through fibrous materials with ease minimizing the chance of injury. At the rear a carbide glass breaker and oxygen wrench make this the right tool for everyone.
The MSRP is $189.95.
All HK Knives manufactured by Hogue are made in the USA. For more information visit www.hkknives.com
Benchmade had been H&Ks previous knife-partner, but their contract ended in 2016. This new partnership with Hogue seems like a natural fit given Hogue’s position as an industry leader in aftermarket firearm grips and accessories. While this partnership will be in the knife arena, it wouldn’t surprise me if this leads to other collaborative projects down the road.
We at TTAK are fond of the folks at Hogue and the products they produce. I still carry my X-5, even though the review has been out for a couple of months. David has had a complicated relationship with the EX-01 Micro flipper, but Hogue actually agreed with his assessment and suggestions, and has made changes to the knife which remove any reservations David had.
This openness as well as production-agility in making changes illustrates Hogue’s commitment to producing top-quality products. I expect that H&K will be more than pleased with the relationship that develops.