DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition Review

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewI've always been a fan of Robert Young Pelton, a man who some would say is either crazy or extremely brave! He has traveled to parts of the world and wars where few would come back, and has always returned, so I always found this to be a real testimony to his ability to survive. After all it's not all about tools... often it's what's in your head, as well as knowledge you have accumulated which keeps you alive!

 

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewI first found out that he was going to produce a knife many years ago when ESEE Knives was going to put them out, and ever since then I was in the market to getting one to review. Thanks to our friends at OffTheGrid.com we were able to not just get one to review but one of the best the, the DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Special Edition!

 

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewWhat makes this knife so special is not only is it a low production run of only 500, it also comes with a tool that has an added feature known by many names: Pyser brass compass, SAS survival button compass, andthe FB 1605 NATO Survival Button Compass or S.E.R.E compass (which stands for Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape- an elite training school, which pilots and Special Forces undergo to make sure they can get out alive, and survive!). This compass alone to buy will run you around $36 to $55 dollars in Canada and I only know of one place that sells it in Canada, and only 4 places that sell it in north America!

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThe SAS compass is designed to look like a button made of brass and glass. These compasses have been around since WWII and have been used by SAS. As a survival compass, they're very durable and made from quality materials so they will last a very long time, providing you don't lose them (they are only 0.2 inches in thickness and 0.6 inches in diameter)!

 

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThis version of the compass is set into a tool which is used to both adjust the T3 knife and has added features built into it. This tool is also equipped with a cord cutter, which fits paracord perfectly; a pry section; hex driver; and pivot tensioner. This allows you to adjust your knife pivot to control how fast your blade will open or to tighten it up if it should ever come loose. There is also a second screw where it can be taken out of the tool and used to replace the glass breaker on the butt of the knife. The glass breaker is removable and also serves to secure the pocket clip.

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewNow let's get into the knife, it's similar to other versions, but the T3 is all black with a serrated blade. When it comes to a survival knife, I both love and hate serrations, on one side serrations will stay sharp in most cases when the knife is totally dull, but on the other hand they do make it harder for people to sharpen because you need to have a rounded steel-like tool to sharpen them. Also I like to do carving andserrations can leave marks in the wood - a serrated knife is not ideal for fine carving. It all comes down to what you know, if you don't know much about sharpening a serrated knife may be for you, but if you know how and where to sharpen a knife and keep it sharp in a survival situation, then they're not really needed in my humble opinion!

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewDPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThe T3 its self is extremely light, when I first picked it up I was shocked how light the knife really was. I contribute this to the materials, on one side the handle is made from a textured black G10 polymer and the other side of the handle is where your liner lock is. The liner lock side is made from 6Al4V Titanium that has been alloy coated. The business end of the knife, "the blade", is made by Lionsteelfrom Italy which is known for its high quality steel. The blade is coated in a German Niolox corrosion resistance coating and PVD coated with a matte black TiCN coating to ensure hardness and also concealability with an all blacked out blade.

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewDPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThe blade is only 3.94" which is under 4" and makes the knife legal in most places, because some countries and cities have limits on knives over 4". The thickness of the blade is 0.197" and the cutting edge is 3.10", when the knife is closed it;s 4.38" and with the blade deployed it's 7.63". Like I was saying earlier this is a very light weight knife and the weight is only 5.10 oz., compared to otherknives I own in the same size, it's far lighter, which is great if you're planning for this blade to be your EDC (every day carry). The blade has a drop point shape to it and a saber like grind to the blade, making for a thicker spine and in turn more strength for hard work.

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewDPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThe knife itself has some small but very useful features such as a RotoBlock system where you can spin a small locking screw which will secure the liner lock, and this will lock the blade open, making it more secure than most folders. This makes the knife safer to do things you would only do with a fixed blade! On the backend of the knife you have a lanyard hole which doubles as a hex driver, but ifyou do use a lanyard, you will have to remove it to use this feature. You will also have to remove the pocket clip to access this feature if you don't have a long hex bit.

DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewDPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition ReviewThey've also added jibbing on the back of the knife blade near the thumb stud, and this also acts as wire strippers with three different size gauges. Just in front of the wire strippers is a small groove set into the blade which works as a bottle opener, as in many parts of the world products such as pop or for our American friends soda, comes in bottles which still use caps, so a tool like this is very useful when traveling the world.

The DPx Gear HEST/F 2.0 T3 Triple Black Special Edition was also the winner of blade show's 2013 most innovative imported design.

images/ReviewPhotos/HEST.FOLDER.SPE/images/ReviewPhotos/HEST.FOLDER.SPE/The word HEST in the name stands for "Hostile Environment Survival Tool" and the F stands for folder, as these knives both come in fixed blade and folder version. I'm often not sure if I will really like a tool till I have the chance to use it, and this T3 is remarkable, it has many features you will really find yourself using and its light weight will make it a real joy to tote around all day as an EDC. Would I recommend this knife as a survival knife? Absolutely. There are a few folders I would recommend as a survival knife but the HEST folder is one of them, its light weight and ease of carrying are two reasons you will carry it, and after all the only true survival knife is the knife you have on you at the time, so in most cases your EDC will be your survival knife and if it's this one, you will Survive!

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