HEST Non-ferrous

Discussion in 'DPx Hostile Environment Survival Tools' started by jjc7779, Jan 21, 2011.

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  1. jjc7779


    Apr 15, 2010
    Although all the new DPx knives look extremely interesting, I find myself extremely drawn to the HEST Non-ferrous. Just out of curiosity but is there any information out there regarding the specifications or possible release?
  2. sparkem


    Jan 27, 2009
    I am in for 1 or 3. The Ti one will be great for using fishing and going through the swamp in south Louisiana.
  3. RYP


    Jul 11, 2009
    Right now we are looking at a new Beta Titanium version (sourced from Japan) and have yet to source the manufacturer of the knife. American Beta Titanium has less hardness and we want something up in the mid 50's.
  4. jjc7779


    Apr 15, 2010
    Thanks RYP for the information! I am sure that I speak for many people, but I look forward to future updates as they become available. I will definitely be keeping my eye open for preorders once the details get resolved. The answer may be simplistic and probably self evident but would you be willing to share your inspiration that resulted in the design concept? Did you run across a situation(s) in your past adventurers that led to specific design needs?

  5. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I think mid 50's is pretty darn good for a "survival" knife actually. Should be tough enough to handle some rough use even in cold temps, and easy to maintain the edge in the field under less than ideal conditions.
  6. RYP


    Jul 11, 2009
    First: Go look at Cermetti http://www.dynamettechnology.com/

    It runs sharper and harder than some of the exotic Stainless's (pause for low whistle) Titanium blades will never be the same. No its not spring steel but when you need a non sparking, non corrosive, light, and compact EOD or dive blade its pretty nice.

    Secondly, yes I design ALL my knives based on my real world experience and a need in the marketplace. The non ferrous comes from years of seeing what works in certain environments. First of all Titanium does not print well on xray machines in airports. That means when you are working overseas you have a better chance of retaining an edged weapon (with scales removed) Second an EOD knife in the third world is used for probing, prying and defusing (do not try this at home kids) and finally a dive knife should be light, have plenty of grip, be at hand, have neutral or positive buoyancy (we will test the bladder that goes in the handle) and used for rapid cutting of hose, cable, kelp and of course prying, tank banging etc etc. Depending on how exotic we get with the titanium we will keep it within the range of a mortal man.

    there are one or two knives that use a form of Beta titanium but I don't like the fat grippy rubber or the "dive only" design.

    Like all DPx HEST family its a rugged little partner for specific conditions.
  7. SabreRaptor


    Apr 10, 2008
    A replacement blade for the Hest/ F in that CermeTi B5 would be a nice addition.
  8. RYP


    Jul 11, 2009
    That's an interesting idea...kinda of quiver of blades for the HEST :)
  9. jjc7779


    Apr 15, 2010
    Thanks for the insight RYP. Very intriguing. I second the motion on the quiver of blades for the HEST! hehe
  10. lmcq784

    lmcq784 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    +1!!! That would be a really nice idea. I'd go for it... replacement/interchangeable blade for the HEST/F... that'd be awesome!
  11. DH1


    Nov 8, 2006
    A blade for the HEST/F that had serrations may sell well. I know many folks woulden't buy another $175 knife just to have a serrated option, but sitting down for a few minutes to change out a blade that you paid much less for could be an option.

    ...Or a blade with a sharpened swedge...
  12. Buck_110


    Jan 15, 2006
    Are there any plans for a non-ferrous HEST with a plain edge and standard tip, or will the serrated, chisel tip be the only version?
  13. Bushman5


    Oct 31, 2007
    theres a HEST with serrations and chisel tip?

  14. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Haven't see a chisel tipped one yet, but I love the looks of the model with serrations sticking up in a coconut in the slide show on the DPx Gear home page :thumbup:
  15. drillsgt71


    Dec 1, 2010
    I say it first, how about a replacement Ti blade for the folder if not a complete Ti folder.
  16. sparkem


    Jan 27, 2009
    From DPx's site

  17. sdg


    Jun 14, 2010
    That's pretty damn cool. I'm digging the chisel tip.

    I wonder if there's enough material (thickness) to machine a groove for a thin o-ring to the hex driver to retain bits. It's not really needed as I imagine most will use it in "emergencies" only, but it would sure make it a lot easier to keep the bit from slipping out during use.
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  18. killstew


    Nov 6, 2009
    Now that's just pretty snazzy
  19. darthsoaker


    May 2, 2006
    ESEE branded, too.
  20. tersfeld


    Jul 14, 2009
    Hope it keeps the about the same price point as the original HEST!

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