I really like my Hogue EX-05 flipper. It was given to me after I took designer Allen Elishewitz and his wife Valerie fishing this past spring. It has become my go-to EDC (especially since I added a deep carry clip from Pops Custom Clips) when I am not pairing a fixed-blade and small EDC folder like my Leek. I also am a fan of autos, and have been since they became legal in Tennessee in 2014. Hogue has just announced that they have added automatic versions of the EX-05 to their lineup.
From Hogue Inc.:
Henderson, NV – Hogue Knives is pleased to announce the expansion of their automatic knife line to include new EX-A05 models. “Our X5 folder, which was introduced last year, proved to be so popular that our customers wanted to see the same unique design in an automatic version,” said Hogue managing partner and master toolmaker Jim Bruhns. “The result is a lightning fast spring action knife that is a reliable work horse each and every time you need it.”
The EX-A05’s blade is made from cryogenically heat treated CPM154 stainless steel and its edge is hand sharpened and honed for a lasting edge. Available in both spear point and modified wharncliffe styles, the blades are finished with either a tumbled stone wash or a kiln baked black CerakoteTM finish. The dynamic handle of the EX-A05 is created from 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum that is hard anodized with either black, flat dark earth or od green. Optionally available on the black models is an inlay of Hogue’s G-Mascus® Black G10 with their mini-piranha grip texture for added traction and superior comfort. The precisely designed recesses and curvature of the knife offer a natural, ergonomic grasp when in use.
The EX-A05 includes an ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip designed for every day deep pocket carry.
The key to the Hogue auto knife’s reliability and performance, explained Bruhns, has been its proprietary music wire spring, developed specifically for Hogue Knives by famed spring maker Wolff Gunsprings. “We’re delivering an automatic knife that will last for years,” said Bruhns. “It will fire with the same authority on the first or the 10,000th deployment.” Fast blade deployment, a rock-solid lockup, precision engineering and extreme reliability under all conditions are hallmarks of the Hogue auto knife.
Every Hogue knife is made in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and a limited lifetime warranty. The MSRP starts at $229.95. Hogue Automatic Knives are for sale through authorized dealers only. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1-800-438-4747 or visit www.hogueknives.com to find a Hogue Knives dealer near you.
I haven’t personally seen the auto version of the EX-05, but I had a chance to play with some of Hogue’s autos at BLADE Show, including the EX-A01 Micro. Its spring was crisp and it functioned flawlessly through dozens of cycles. Given Jim Bruhns’ and Allen Elishewitz’s attention to detail, I would be amazed if the EX-A05 were to be any different.