DPx Gear announces Kickstarter Project: American-made HEST/F Urban


DPx Gear ‘s Robert Young Pelton has always wanted to make an All-American version of his popular HEST (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) folder, which is typically made in Italy.

They are looking to Kickstarter to fund the project, and have tripled their original goal of $15k in 24 hours. The original run is limited to 100 numbered units in each of 3 styles, but it appears that they will honor all presales, it just might take a while.

You can see a video at Kickstarter with RYP, or make the jump for the DPx Gear press release.


From DPx Gear (via Ammoland):

San Diego, CA -(AmmoLand.com)- A 30-day Kickstarter campaign for the knife launched Monday, November 16th with backer rewards that include three different configurations of the knife that are limited edition, numbered runs of 100 units.

The knife rewards range in price from $275 – $375 and can be seen on the campaign page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/170295107.

“I’ve always wanted to make a knife that was uniquely and totally American. And also one that lasted a very long time; what I would call an heirloom-quality knife. One that can be handed down from generation to generation,” says Robert Young Pelton, DPx Gear Founder, of the DPx HEST/F Urban.

DPx Gear’s first 100% all American made folding knife will be surprisingly small when compared to its big brother, the Northern Italian made DPx HEST/F. The DPx HEST/F Urban will weigh in at just 3.35 ounces, measure 3.8 inches long when closed, and 6.7 inches long when open. It will be jewel like in its manufacturing precision and have the best feel that U.S manufacturing can deliver. Designed to be carried every day and last lifetimes.


The DPx HEST/F Urban will feature:

  • American 6Al4v Titanium Frame. A frame made of aerospace quality, American 6Al4v titanium alloy in “Battleship Grey” heavy bead blast finish (the “Sterile Edition”). Upgraded options include bronze anodized titanium (the “Bronze Edition”) or a three-dimensional Mr. DP pattern milled into the frame (“The Mr. DP Edition”).
  • S30V Stainless Steel Blade.A U.S. made and formulated blade steel with a stonewashed finish. We chose a hollow ground blade that’s “shaver sharp” with maximum slicing tooth.
  • Bearing Pivot. Stainless steel caged bearing pivot hardware for rapid deployment and effortless opening and closing.
  • DPx Gear Patented Blade Notch. Designed to allow the knife to open faster than an automatic and to the rear of the holder, keeping it safe from the assailant. Naturally it was also designed to open beer bottles.
  • Integral ¼” Hex Drive. DPx believes if you are going to carry around a quality knife it better earn its keep. Pairing commonly used hex tools with our built in hex drive turns your DPx HEST/F Urban into a multi tool.
  • DPx Gear Patented Tri-Gauge Wire Strippers. Jimping that doubles as wire strippers in the exact size of household gauge, auto and even timer wires (for blasting or electronics).
  • Frame Lock. The US-invented frame lock for bulletproof lockup. First used in Chris Reeves’ famous Sebenza knives it has become the standard locking feature for high-end custom knives. We added a stainless steel cap to reduce wear on the lock face.
  • Glass Breaker. Our DPx HEST/F Urban has a hardened stainless steel glass breaker. A potentially life saving tool in the event of an auto accident or fire.
  • Deep Carry Pocket Clip. The deep carry clip ensures your knife rides as low and as unobtrusively as possible in your pocket.



  1. Roger says:

    I hate seeing these kickstarters which are really just fronts for companies looking to minimize losses.

    1. I don’t disagree. Kickstarter is for people looking to get off the ground, I think that sourcing your RD&I costs is a bit lame if you are an established company. . But if people are willing to pay for it, more power to them.

  2. sean says:

    i do like the idea that they are offering these direct to consumers though, indefinitely they would be more expensive if sold through vendors.

    very cool design of course, and all-american makes it really cool too.

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