The updated Hogue Deka is a stellar everyday-carry knife designed by Allen Elishewitz. It differs from the original model in several ways. First, the handle is made from super lightweight polymer that conceals much of the knife's hardware, making for a cleaner aesthetic. Second—and most notably—the blade is made from CPM MagnaCut steel. This steel type has taken the knife world by a storm for its incredible edge retention, toughness, and stain-resistance. The rest of the knife is what you already know and love: excellent handle geometry, an eye-catching design, and Hogue's dependable quality. The Hogue Deka is a knife you can afford to put in your pocket, and one you'll find every occasion to take out and use. It promises to perform well and stand the test of time.
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I'm not a fan of "lightweight" style knives, but like everyone else I wanted to get a hold of some Magnacut steel, and the Deka has by the far the best price of any knife on the market with that blade steel I'm happy to report that the steel lives up to the hype and takes and holds an incredibly sharp edge. So far, it seems to perform about like M390/20CV, but we'll see if that comparison holds as time goes on. That was about what I expected with the Magnacut, but what I didn't expect was that I don't totally hate Deka's lightweight polymer handle. The design is comfortable, it's just big enough for my medium-large hands to get a four-finger grip, and I'm sure the plastic--let's call it what it is--is sufficiently sturdy to hold up under normal use. That said, the sides of the handle are thin enough to flex slightly when squeezed, and the lack of weight makes the knife over-balanced toward the blade. The difference between the weight of the regular and lightweight Deka models is only .19 oz, and for such slight weight savings I wish Hogue would have just gone with the usual G10 handle, even if it made the price a bit higher. At the very least, a skeletonized steel liner would have improved the lightweight design. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with this knife and very impressed with the solid construction and tight tolerances--the ABLE lock feels firm and secure, and the pocket clip is deep carry (no counter-sunk screws, but that's fine given the price), and I like very much the texture--jimping?--on the thumb studs that makes them easy to catch hold of when deploying the blade. I bought the Deka essentially as a novelty, but I've found that I like it enough for it to have earned a spot in my pocket rotation. Not a bad deal.
I’ve bought a lot of knives from blade HQ, but this has to be one of my worst investments. blade wasn’t centered, it’s light weight is nice but not at the expense of a weak handle that is easily mashed with fingertips. I really wanted to like it but it’s just not sturdy of a knife for anything more than a paper opener