Much like the best tech hardware on the market, great knives not only get the job done, they look good doing it. Hogue’s X5 finds the perfect spot on that continuum by incorporating a great design and the latest and greatest in blade deployment technology.
This knife comes with a brand new type of opening mechanism that flips the blade from the 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handle without the use of springs. The American knife maker’s cutting edge deployment system stores up kinetic energy created by the user while carrying the knife around, and then releases it with the touch of a button. While in use, the blade won’t budge, but for extra security users can flip a safety switch that locks the business end of the knife in place. Once the job is done, you can simply slide the safety off and hit the button for a seamless one-handed closing. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the blade that this handle is equipped with is a 3.5 inch spear point blade made from CPM154 stainless steel that has been cryogenically ‘quenched’ in order to hold a hard edge – it’ll stand up to most all daily tasks and then some.
Of course, because utility only goes so far, designer and custom knife maker Allen Elishewitz managed to fit all of this new tech into a handsome package. A tumble finish combined with the smooth lines of the handle and aggressive spear point on the blade give the entire piece a kind of lightness that defies the no-joking around blade. Prices start at $209. [Purchase]