With a locking blade guard that pivots to become the handle and an integral carabineer, this new DPx Gear HIT Cutter is a strong, versatile knife that promises to be quickly and easily accessible when you need it.
What's It Supposed To Do? The Hit Cutter is intended to be a small, easily carried back up blade that, thanks to its fixed-blade construction, clever design and quality steel, can punch above its weight when you call on it for cutting tasks.
Its integrated carabineer means you can clip it to a bag, vehicle, belt loop or pretty much anywhere, while its USP — the pivoting blade guard — ditches the conventional sheath. That brings the entire thing into a one-piece design, meaning the knife can never become separated from its sheath and that sheath can't be dropped or lost. The whole idea is serious cutting power combined with utter convenience.
How's It Supposed To Do It? Let's get one thing out of the way first: This is not a cheap novelty knife. Largely thanks to its very high quality, semi-exotic CPM S35VN stainless steel construction, the price tag is a hefty $187.50. It might be small, it might be novel, but this is not a cheesy gas station or eBay knife, it's made in America and it is a serious, lifetime-quality tool.
The "Handle Inversion Tool" Cutter measures just 5.5 inches in length, with a wharncliffe-style blade that's an even two inches. That's not enough length to fill your hand, so you have to bury the butt of the pommel into the flesh of your palm.
Looking at it sideways, the knife is roughly symmetrical, with the blade guard pivoting at the halfway point. That guard locks in place over the blade when closed, but relies on moderate tension to stay in position when it's being used as the bottom of the handle.
At .19 inches thick, the whole package is overbuilt, giving it an air of indestructability. There's also five sizes of box wrench incorporated into the blade, the largest of which doubles as a ¼-inch bit driver.
How Does It Perform? The HIT is surprisingly comfortable to hold for a knife with such a short handle. The large, circular finger ring in the middle helps a ton there.
As you'd expect, the blade guard also locks securely into place — there's virtually no chance of accidental opening — and really does complete the knife's handle, too. While it's not locked when in the handle position, it's effectively held in place by your closed hand. Deep, relatively sharp jimping on both the handle and top of the blade improves your purchase on it.
With its defined point and straight edge, the wharncliffe blade makes the knife a great slicer, despite its unexpected thickness, while that style blade is also going to be really good for carving wood. Its low point is easily controlled during fine detail work and facilitates easy penetration into plastic packaging or other annoying everyday cutting tasks like that. The knife arrives shaving sharp out of the box and S35VN has been spec'd both for its ability to retain and edge and resist rust.
Adventure Ready? DPx Gear has managed to combine easy, secure carry with a convenient, fast blade guard into a one-piece package that's also incredibly tough. In fact, the HIT Cutter is so easily carried and simple to use that it's replaced the much-loved Esee Izula as my go-to backup blade, one I can now carry in more ways and which is more capable as a cutting tool.
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