Hogue Inc. dabbles in a little bit of everything when it comes to tactical equipment, but the company has turned a lot of heads with its knife production in recent years. Recently announced was the X5 blade, built with Hogue’s new, revolutionary deployment technology,
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With an inspired design by renown custom knifemaker Allen Elishewitz, Hogue’s engineering team set out to redefine the possibilities of a button lock flipper knife. What they accomplished is a flipper that acts like an automated deployment blade.
The X5 features Hogue’s robust button lock mechanism and also houses its patent-pending blade retention device. The unique device retains the blade in the closed position allowing the user to create stored up kinetic energy before the blade is released.
Beneath the frame the button lock is mounted into innovative recessed stainless steel bolster plates to ensure rigidity and long wear. An added manual safety button allows the knife to be locked in the open position for added confidence during strenuous cutting tasks. With an intuitive press of the lock button the knife can be easily closed with one-hand without placing fingers in the path of the closing blade like standard liner lock flippers.
The X5’s blade is made from cryogenically heat treated CPM154 stainless steel and its edge is hand sharpened and honed for a lasting edge.
Available in both spear point and modified wharncliffe styles, the blades are finished with either a tumbled stone wash or a kiln baked black Cerakote finish. The dynamic handle of the X5 is created from 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum and is hard anodized with either black or blue options.
Also available on some models is an inlay of Hogue’s G-Mascus Black G10 with their mini-piranha grip texture for added traction and superior comfort.
The precisely designed recesses and curvature of the knife offer a natural, ergonomic grasp when in use. The X5 includes an ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip designed for every day deep pocket carry.
MSRP on the X5 starts at $209.95.
For more information on the X5 and other products from Hogue, please call 1-800-438-4747 or visit HogueKnives.com.
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