Designed for maximum versatility, the new Extrema Ratio DMP has all the usual qualities the Italian brand is famous for, with a blade that manages to satisfy very different requisites.
The Extrema ratio DMP is a multipurpose knife that manages to check all the right boxes in a field where trying to create something that does everything well is always difficult at best, and often risky, for the possibility of ending up with the “worst of both worlds” is real, given that a knife has to satisfy many requirements, most of which are in conflict with one another. This is why since its inception as the second oldest tool in human history after the hammer, specialized knives have existed to perform specific tasks.
On the other hand, one of the main characteristics of the knife is that, if carefully designed, it is an extremely versatile tool. With the Extrema Ratio DMP, the italian manufacturer takes a shot at a knife that can perform well in most fields, and delivers.
Milled out of N690 steel, the blade is heat treated to 58 HRC, a very good compromise between edge retention, resilience and ease of resharpening without the need of specific, hi-tech tools.
Its length of 152 mm (5.98”) makes it long enough for a lot of hard work, included some heavy chores, without adding too much encumbrance or weight.
With an overall length of 282 mm (11.10”), the balance point of the knife is slightly forward, so that the blade actually performs better as a chopper than it would appear at first glance.
At 283 g (9.98 oz) the Extrema Ratio DMP is no feather, mind well, but it is not a heavy knife.
The blade has a narrow fuller to save just enough weight, and the modified drop point tip is as good as a tool as it is as a weapon, should the need arise, while its full length plain edge is still the best choice for a knife that has to perform well as a general purpose tool.
The scabbard and harness are kept to a minimum, to further reduce encumbrance and weight, yet do an excellent job at encasing the blade in a solid polymer sheath with very secure retention, but easy and fast extraction, thanks to the secondary retention safety, which is also reversible for left handed users.
The harness is minimalist and designed to be compatible with PALS webbing or backpack straps.
A wide choice in colors, including classical black, Desert, Ranger Green, HCS and Wolf Grey, adds to the versatility of the Extrema Ratio DMP.