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old11bravo
03-21-2014, 9:56 PM
Well I've had it for a little over a week now and I'm just now finally getting around to posting some pics and a short review.

So here it is, the DPx HEST/F Milspec folding knife. Obviously I have not had this long enough to have used it as a daily carry but I have made some observations about this knife very early on. The first thing I noticed about the knife is that it is not flimsy or cheesy feeling. The moment you pick it up you are acutely aware that you have an implement of substance in your hand. This is a very solid feeling knife with easy to grip and hold G10 scale on one side and the belt clip on the other. The jimping only adds to the solid feeling grip of the knife and it doubles as a wire stripper although I question the practicality of this use for the jimping. The blade on this knife is made of Sleipner Steel which is supposed to be a great improvement over the D2 steel in both ruggedness and its ability to retain its razor fine edge. The blade is thick, solid and sports a bottle opener built into it as well. One of my favorite features of the knife is the design of the belt clip which is mounted in such a manner as to allow for extreme deep pocket carry. The knife literally disappears once you clip it into place in your pocket. The belt clip is fastened to the knife by a pointed hex screw that doubles as a glass breaker. The handle of HEST/F also has a built in hex socket for driver bits to be fitted into and used for driving bolts or screws. The blade of the knife is secured in the open position by the lock bar. The lock bar is further secured by utilizing DPx's patented "rotoblock" system which rotates back and forth by manipulating the single spoke lever. When the rotoblock is used in conjunction with the lock bar it is virtually impossible for the blade to collapse on your fingers even under the most brutal and extreme of use conditions. One thing I did notice was that the deployment of the blade seems somewhat stiff when the knife is pulled fresh out of the packing box. However, I discovered that the pivot screw is adjustable without the use of any specialized tools. So although I have not done so yet, I will probably be experimenting with the tension of the pivot screw to allow for a smoother, easier deployment of the blade. In conclusion I will say that I am a fan of this company and this knife so far. It is difficult for me to imagine a more rugged and utilitarian knife in the form of a folder.

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uxo2
03-21-2014, 10:10 PM
I'm sure it's a good knife and will serve you
well.
But I just cannot get past the notch near the thumb studs.

Is it a bottle opener?

old11bravo
03-21-2014, 10:28 PM
I'm sure it's a good knife and will serve you
well.
But I just cannot get past the notch near the thumb studs.

Is it a bottle opener?

It is indeed a bottle opener.

emtmark
03-21-2014, 10:33 PM
Mine was lost in Oakland a week ago :( popped out of my pocket on a call. I'm never getting it back. Best Xmas gift I've ever got. Loved that knife a frucking tank!

emtmark
03-21-2014, 10:34 PM
It also functions as a wave like feature on the draw from your pocket.

GlennG31
03-22-2014, 6:13 AM
Very nice! I like this version better than the original HEST/F. I'm glad to see they changed the rotolock and did away with the pivot screw that required a special tool to adjust. I actually have the Milspec's little brother, the HEAT/F. I picked up one of the first run knives.