🔪 How Does a $200 Knife Perform? – Hogue EX-F01 5.5″ Knife – Made in the USA

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Thanks to a friend who encouraged me to pick up this knife, we have a new blade to test out! This is the Hogue EX-F01 5.5″ Knife and today I’m getting it out into the forest for a Field Test!

Agenda Free Link : https://www.hogueinc.com/ex-f01-fixed-blade-5-5-black-cerakote-drop-point-blade-cocobolo-hardwood-scales

Price : $200 on amazon at the time of filming; retail is $240

Weight of knife : 10.1oz

Weight of Knife and Sheath : 17.2oz / little over a pound

Made in the USA

Limited Lifetime warranty

Versions : At the time of filming, there are 23 different versions of this knife. I have linked to the Hogue web site and the version that I purchased. It’s available with different materials and finishes for a low-key visual footprint. It’s available with either a drop-point or Tanto blade profile. Tanto blade models feature a saw back.

Hogue : Hogue, well known for their gun related accessories was founded in 1968 by Guy Hogue and the company today is carried on by his son’s which I think is cool. While they are well known for their gun grips, stocks and hostlers they have ventured into the knife market with excellent results from what I have been told.

All Hogue knives are designed by custom knifemaker and former Recon Marine. Allen Elishewitz

This is my first experience with a Hogue knife with a friend of mine hounding me to death about his EX-F01 blade.

SPECS
• Blade Length: 5.5”
• Overall Length: 10.5”
• Weight: 10.4 oz

BLADE
• Style: Drop Point with Flat Grind
• Thickness: 0.235”
• Material: A2 Tool Steel
• Hardness: 57-59 HRC
• Treatment: Cryogenically Heat Treated – fire arms finish
• Finish: Black Cerakote®
• Flat Grind – Hand Honed Edge

Full tang

FEATURES
• Frame: Cocobolo Hardwood Scales
• Includes Ballistic Nylon MOLLE Sheath
• Lanyard/Lashing Holes
• Impact Pommel

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Thoughts :

The blade size is perfect for myself; this is a 7 inch version but for most tasks I find that 5.5” is the perfect balance of useability and utility. Not so big that it becomes awkward for certain tasks. Generally once you go pasted the 5.5” length, in my opinion the blade becomes excellent for very specific tasks such as battoning and less effective as an all around camp tool

Excellent balance.

Most comfortable grip I have ever experienced.

Sheath is fine but isn’t my personal preference. It doesn’t have any glaring issues. The quality is excellent and if you are into tactical, then it will serve you well. Cordura® Ballistic Nylon with bar-tack stitching. The sheath is ambidextrous and jumpable. MOLLE Compatible. – When fully seated, there is absolutely no rattle!

Excellent quality

Sharp

Thick steel

Well designed

Middle of the road design; Combat/Tactical/Survival type knife

A2 is known for its toughness and edge-holding ability. It will hold an edge better than 01 tool steel and 1095 and is more corrosion resistant. It takes a very sharp edge and is fairly easy to resharpen. The EX-F01 blade features a durable, non-reflective black, green, or tan Cerakote® ceramic coating that provides additional corrosion resistance.

Tool : The hidden storage spaces in the handle of the EX-F01 can be used to store small survival items. A Torx wrench nested in the handle allows easy removal of the scales to access the compartments. Milled recesses in the scales match up with the skeletonized compartments in the tang.

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