Hogue Knives introduces the X5 button-lock flipper line of pocket folding knives
Built with Hogue’s new, revolutionary deployment technology, the X5 folding pocket knife provides class-leading smoothness and an exceptionally effortless action. «Although this knife is completely manual and contains no springs, our innovative internal system allows the blade to fire with a motion as instinctive as your own reflexes», said Jim Bruhns, Hogue co-owner and master toolmaker.
The X5, based upon aninspired design by renown custom knifemaker Allen Elishewitz, features a unique robust button lock mechanism and a patent-pending blade retention device; the 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 Hogue X5 knives' blade is made from cryogenically heat treated CPM154 stainless steel and its edge is hand sharpened and honed for a lasting edge.
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.
Nine variants of the Hogue X5 knife are available, each told apart from the others by the combination of grip style, blade style and length (3.5" or 4"), grip and blade finish, and the presence (or lack thereof) of Hogue's proprietary G-Mascus insert.
Depending from the configuration, the Hogue X5 knife is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $209.95, $229.95 or $239.95. Five out of nine models are RSR Group exclusives; the others are available through both Hogue dealers and Hogue’s website.