DPx Gear is at it again! After the wildly successfully launch of their DPx HEST/F Urban, an American made folder, the company is back with another new release – the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP. The CHOP, a “Hostile Environment Field Tool”, just launched last week and is currently available as a pre-order on their website.
For all intensive purposes, the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP is a beast of a blade. According to Robert Young Pelton, Founder of DPx Gear, “The CHOP is a twelve-inch piece of razor-sharp Sleipner steel that makes short work of building camp, cooking, and even self-defense.” Sleipner steel is a non-stainless tool steel used in the commercial meat processing industry and is known for higher toughness and wear resistance than some of the more “common” tools steels used in knives.
One of the things that makes the CHOP unique is the knife’s ergonomics and shape. The deeply ergonomic handle with rounded full tang flows into a front-heavy axe-like tip. With 12 inches of perfectly straight, sword grind Sleipner steel, you’ll be able to tackle a variety of tasks requiring precision work. The flat, thick spine of the CHOP is great for pounding. In addition, the two-inch tip with thicker grind works well for splitting wood while the thick tip comes in handy for ground work.
The overall look of the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP is reminiscent of the Asian parang; which are designs that Pelton used for years on expeditions through the island of Borneo. Made from crude, but flexible car spring blades, the parang had to be backed up with a heavy bush knife and small axe for splitting wood – doubling the weight of your gear. With the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP, Pelton believes he’s found the perfect middle ground between a hatchet, machete, and heavy bush knife.
According to Pelton, “The CHOP is a spare-no-expense survival blade that can be used to cut down a twelve-inch tree or even for fine tasks like shaving.” To celebrate the launch of this beast of a blade, DPx Gear has released 200 units in the first run. Each DPx HEFT 12 CHOP is numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity. The CHOP retails for $425, but the initial first run is being offered at a special price of $380 as a pre-order. The knives are estimated to ship on June 15, 2016. For more information about the DPx HEFT 12 CHOP, or to pickup one for yourself, head over to the DPx Gear website.