The DPx HEST/F 2.0 Triple Black Special Edition ("T3") is an all black stealth version of this hard use folding knife in a Left-Hand specific configuration. The "T3" is an extremely low-profile knife designed for law enforcement and military use where a superior cutting edge and low visual signature are priorities.
The German Niolox steel blade is corrosion resistant, PVD coated with a matte black TiCN coating to increase hardness and concealability. One side of the frame is scaled in grip textured black American G10 polymer. The other slab is 6Al4V titanium that's alloy coated. The blade is physical vapor deposition coated with a slippery, durable layer of titanium nickel. Like the other DPx HEST/F models, the "T3" comes with the patented RotoBlock to lock the folder open. Three sizes of wire strippers serve as unique and slip-proof jimping. A removable glass breaker screws into the butt of the knife, and the hex driver in the handle may be used with the knife open or closed. A soft head screw is also provided if the glass breaker is not required.
I bought this a few months ago and this folder is just an all around dream! I haven't been able to find many reviews or even forum comments on this particular knife. I see alot of negative criticism on some HEST 2.0 models but those have nothing to do with this beautiful knife. DPX DOES state that these hard use folders, this one included, can be used in the same manner. Would I use it that way? No, I have a Winkler II Belt knife for my main fixed blade). When you hold this blade it just feels "right" to me and is just SO light and well balanced? The G10 scales are very aggressive and provide excellent grip. The jimping/wire cutters also help for when you choke up for an even better grip for thrusting/ fighting. So far I have used the knife for my box cutting/opening needs, I am constantly using its bottle opener to pop brews and yes I have actually used the glass breaker on the bottom and broke out a driver side window on an old Honda on the second swing (was timid on first swing).The glass breaker would come on real handy say you had to break out of your own car. I have abused the hell out of this folder, short of batoning with it, and still no play and have only had to light sharpen it once. Another plus is the Nilox is very easy to sharpen at least with a Spyderco Sharpmaker. I don't usually buy knives not made in the USA, but when I put my hands on this one, I knew it would be my new EDC carry knife! The only knock I have is maybe it could open a little faster/easier. Im sure it will get better over time. Love this knife!