The DPx Gear Hostile Environment Survival Tool (HEST) II is a short run, high end version of the DPX HEST Original. The HEST II is made with Sleipnersteel which delivers a harder, more granular cutting edge without the chipping or problems normally associated with very hard tool steels. The scales on the HEST II are thick providing more storage area and a meatier grip.
Because DP envisioned this as a "ranch carry" or military product they changed the pry bar to accommodate gloves by softening the angle. They also eliminated one hole to make the prybar stronger. There is also a handy hex driver.
Designed by adventurer Robert Young Pelton and handmade by LionSTEEL in Northern Italy, the HEST II is an upgraded version of the knife that changed the way adventurers think about brutal-use knives.
The 3.15" (80mm) blade of the HEST II is made of Sleipner tool steel with a 60 Rockwell hardness. The HEST Original had a Rockwell hardness of 57-58. Sleipner steel is a chromium-vanadium-molybdenum alloy (7% Cr, 0.5% V, 2.5% Mo) much like D2 steel and characterized by its edge retention, ease of sharpening, and resistance to wear and chipping. The Sleipner steel also has excellent "tooth" for repetitive, fine cutting.
Because the knife is tool steel, and not stainless steel, it is easier to sharpen but may oxidize if not properly cared for. Rust only affects the appearance of the knife and not the performance. Like all DPx Gear knives, they ask that you use a whetstone or diamond sharpener to dress the edge, and NEVER use a motorized grinder.
The blade is 0.187" (4.8mm) thick and features three sizes of wire strippers and a pry notch. There’s a hex driver at the hilt and a wire breaker at the base of the blade. They removed a lashing point in the pommel because they found it unnecessary, and they changed the pry bar angle to better fit the size of the knife.
The HEST II has a hollow handle designed for storing survival materials like fire starter or water-purification tablets. The scales are attached with two slotted/Allen screws.
The Woodsman is a perfect size and balance for use as a skinning knife and camp tool. The handle is scaled in natural, mirror matched, Brazilian Santos hardwood and the blade is stonewashed to a soft glow. The Woodsman weighs 5.2oz and comes with an Italian leather, hand sewn.oil-tanned fold over sheath.
DPx Gear knives are guaranteed against manufacturer defects for the life of the purchaser. DPx Gear reserves the right to repair or replace a knife under warranty at DPx Gear’s discretion.