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Let's talk about Hogue knives.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Comeuppance, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    He's a fellow Texan, so I wish him all the best, but I totally agree. Allen's customs don't appeal to me aesthetically, nor do Hogue's production models that he designed.

    I'd like to see something a bit more understated from them. More Benchmade 710 and less Klingon warship.
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  2. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Allen’s designs are definitely unique. I really like this one, but I can definitely understand that they aren’t for everyone. Hogue Beta-1.

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  3. js1badsti

    js1badsti Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2015
    I totally agree with you on them going to hogue,I have the new hk exemplar and it is very nice and have to say their take on the axis lock design is smoother then BM's.
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  4. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I had one of those. I distinctly recall the stepped primary bevels catching hard on cardboard and the handle being uncomfortable, but it was sure attractive.
  5. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    This is what I want to see from them in terms of handle construction. Their button lock with its linerless design is ideal for taking advantage of carbon fibre’s ridgidity.

    Again Eleshwitz’s designs just don’t speak to me. My Ex01 aluminum felt extremely boxy in my hand and my two Ex04s handles I found to be way too bulky for a pocket knife; more suited to a fixed blade.

    A cf button lock Hogue with a more Benchmade 710 or 940 or Sebenzay or ZT 450ish designed handle would be an absolute grail knife for me. Basically a knife that is actually comfortable to carry in my pocket.
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  6. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Yeah my Hogue RSK is a way more practical EDC lol. I haven’t had any issues when I have carried it, but that was me, and my EDC needs are very light duty. This model IIRC was done because Hogue was experimenting with the idea of “Factory Custom” models(alla ZT). So these Beta-1’s were limited to 50 made, and they were all assembled and tuned by Allen (and sold via his site), with all the parts manufactured by Hogue.
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  7. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I’m really hoping for a V4E/CF Button lock Mini RSK...That would probably be my dream Hogue...
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  8. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) I'd maybe be in the market for a Hogue axis type lock at the right price . ;)

    I kinda wish some other makers would pick up on the axis lock , just for the variety . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    There seems to be a severe overabundance of frame and liner lock flippers , IMO ...gets boring ! :(
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  9. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    Yep, I got one straight from him on his site. If the handle had some more rounding and the bevels weren't stepped, I'd have kept it. It is a fascinating knife, all said.
  10. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I know Allen and he is straight up one of the best guys in the industry

    What he has done with Hogue is admirable
  11. GCG199


    Apr 26, 2001
    I would like one of the Hogue Spear point X5s, but am concerned about the sharpness of the aluminum handle around the finger groove.
  12. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    In response to this concern, I just pressed my thumb against the entire blade channel and it was not sharp at any point.
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  13. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    I have an Examplar had for idk I couple months and I love it. Very ergonomic handle the edges are rounded unlike a lot of other knives especially in that price very range. You can press down on it in to anything and the handle will not produce pain. Very well machined and made internally perfect action and hasn’t come off center sense I got it. Upgraded Benchmade imo. Plus a polished edge out of box hell yeah. Also their serrations are amazing first partial blade I’ve bought mostly because the black serrated blade and fde handle look badass
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  14. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    I don t believe I d buy that one. With knives, as with most things in life, I believe simple is better.
    But, I don t even like flippers! So I m probably missing the value in this one.
  15. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Most of the value is in they only made 50 of them, and Allen did the assembly and tuning himself. It's an experimental Art knife as far as Hogue's line is concerned.
  16. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'm very excited to get in a Ex03 flat dark earth handles. My first hogue . I already know how durable the button lock is and lately I've been getting knives with QC issues across the board.

    This looks promising.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
  17. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    This is my Hogue EX 03. I have owned two and the quality of both was spot on.
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  18. C-TAC

    C-TAC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2013
    I have two EX-F01s. I love the handle design. The handles are almost identical to the FTWS he designed for CRKT.
    I have handled the 1st EX-01s, but I couldn't get used to the way the handle tapers towards the back. It feels like it will slip out of my hand. I can't wait to get an EX-A01 with the G-mascus scales. The handles don't seem to taper nearly as much, and it looks to be a lot more grippier.
    If you like small automatics, I would suggest the Microswitch.
  19. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Not a fan of the hogue folders but their fixed blades look nice and are reasonably priced.I've been meaning to get the HK Exemplar
  20. Kevin Wilkins

    Kevin Wilkins

    Oct 7, 1998
    I make my Leafstorm 9 folder using a sliding bar lock similar to the axis lock. They aren’t cheap but each one is individually hand made and ground. This type of lock requires exact planning and execution to get right, all internal parts must be heat treated and the torsion springs need to be made by professionals who know what they are doing. I’ve given up on liner and frame locks, the high end Chinese companies own that market in the mid range. I have more designs using the sliding bar lock in the works. That’s the only type of lock that seems to be worth making right now.
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