DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.

As a result of RAT Cutlery’s collaboration (renamed ESEE KNIVES from February 1, 2010) with Robert Young Pelton, the DPx survival knife H.E.S.T developed by him began to be produced in 2009. 

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife by RAT Cutlery, review, tests, using the sheath of a knife to store a survival kit.

The knife’s author Robert Young Pelton himself, a traveler, a freelance journalist and writer who has visited many hot spots in the world (Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and others), says the following about his knife.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.

I designed this knife so that it is your constant companion. The abbreviation DPx (Dangerous Places) in the name of the knife means that it is intended for use in the most dangerous places in the world, and H.E.S.T (Hostile Environment Survival Tool) stands for a tool for survival in a hostile environment.

During my trips through more than three dozen conflict zones, in more than 100 countries, I needed a simple and reliable tool that was strong enough to perform various tasks. DPx H.E.S.T. will help and help you in any conditions and circumstances, in an urban or rural area, far or close to civilization, in planned or sudden situations … (c)

Key Features of DPx H.E.S.T Survival Knife.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.

Total length 19.3 cm
Blade length 7.9 cm
Blade thickness 4.8 mm
Steel 1095 High Carbon Steel, 57-58 HRC
Powder Textured Blade Coating
Micarta removable handle
Scabbard Kydex
Set of two MOLLE Locks mounts, nylon cord, cord lock, branded card from RAT Cutlery
Lifetime warranty
Made in the USA

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.
RAT Cutlery generally has good resistance to stress and abrasion. Knife DPx H.E.S.T. also is no exception. For all the time of use, there are no visible damages on the coating.

A thickness of 4.8 mm makes the knife a strong and reliable tool, and the optimal length, in my opinion, of the blade length allows full control of the cutting process without any special effort. In addition, the small dimensions of the knife provide, if necessary, its hidden wearing. The DPx Gear logo is laser-engraved on the left side of the blade, and on the right are the initials of the author and designer RYP (Robert Young Pelton).

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.
RAT Cutlery RC-4, DPx H.E.S.T. knife handle dimensions selected very well. There are no problems when using, even a certain margin in length remains. For comparison, the photo of the handle of the knives RC-3 and DPx H.E.S.T. from RAT Cutlery. Compared to the calm and concise design of the knives manufactured by RAT Cutlery, the design of the DPx H.E.S.T. knife has a number of features. Let’s consider all in more detail. First of all, these are removable removable pads on the knife handle.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.spears or axes.

In addition, if you are tired of the pads on the handle like everyone else, you can always make your own of bone, wood, metal, plastic or any other material. Paint them in your color, make your own engraving, and then you get really your one and only knife. An example of a rather unusual use of the DPx H.E.S.T. knife in a frame version shows a soldier from Burma in the photo.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.
NAZ, or some basic necessities. This inner container is not waterproof, so you will have to take care of the safety of the items enclosed in it..

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.
musat.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.
a folding knife will still be more convenient.

P.S. After a year of operation, the DPx H.E.S.T knife.

A year has passed since this knife is in operation. Used almost constantly. Despite the seasons and weather conditions. The appearance of the knife has not changed much; the lining of the handle from the mikarta has darkened, the fixing screws of the lining and the inscription on the blade, there were no through scratches on the coating of the blade, the scabbard was slightly worn. In general, there’s nothing so far that affects the overall performance of the knife.

DPx H.E.S.T. Survival Knife from RAT Cutlery, review, tests, the use of a scabbard knife to store a survival kit.

The steel 1095 used in the knife proved to be from the best side a rather successful combination of cutability, the ability to hold sharpening and impact loads, it is easy to correct and sharpen. Doubts about the possible high rust susceptibility of 1095 steel were dispelled. Getting dark yes, getting dark, but openly does not rust. Despite the fact that there was no supernatural care for her. The maximum that was done was wiping dry after wet work with further placing the knife back into the sheath.

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