Hogue’s New EX-A05 Full Auto

Hogue EX-A05

Longtime gun accessory manufacturer Hogue, Inc. has established themselves as a growing force in the knife industry. Whether you see knives as an integral accessory to shooting or a completely stand alone product line is largely irrelevant to the firearms accessory company as they are fully invested in the products.

One of its most recent introductions is the EX-A05 automatic opening knife. These new blades are an automatic version of the X5 folder that the company brought to market in 2016. Responding to the success of the original knife coupled with the customer requests for an auto opener, Hogue developed the EX-A05.

These new knives come in a variety of blade styles, finishes and grip textures. I’ll give you a quick overview of the line starting with the blades.

Hogue uses heat treated CPM154 stainless steel. Two blade styles are available: a spear point and a modified Wharncliffe. Blade lengths of 3.5″ and 4″ are available with both styles. Blade finishes are either a tumbled stone wash or a black Cerakote.

The handle is made of 6061 T6 aluminum that has a black, OD green or FDE finish. Black finished handles can also have optional G-10 inlay for an improved gripping surface.

The pocket clip is reversible and carries the knife low in the pocket. Carry is tip up only. The automatic opening mechanism is driven by music wire spring that was designed specifically for Hogue by Wolff Gunsprings.

These knives are all made in the United States. The suggested retail prices start at $229.95.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • 22winmag

    “Whether you see knives as an integral accessory to shooting or a completely stand alone product line is largely irrelevant to the firearms accessory company as they are fully invested in the products.”

    Easily the dumbest statement ever. People vote with their wallets and in the case of blogs that veer off topic… their time.


    • Giolli Joker

      I do like knives and I’m happy if I see (serious) knives articles on this blog. As on the knife forum I write on there’s a section on firearms (go figure).
      Maybe I’m not in the majority, but I don’t see a disservice here.
      Anyway, those screen-shots of yours are getting stale.

    • john huscio

      People often carry a knife as a backup to their EDC pistol. The discussion of knives here is extremely relevant

    • DangerousClown

      You’ve certainly elevated whining to a new level.

  • DanGoodShot

    Does anyone know of a good quality knife for under the price of retarded?

    • Frank

      No. Not really. If you want materials, workmanship, QC, you have to pay for that. An auto especially at the quality of those Hogues (perfect machining, interesting materials/designs, polished completely even edges etc) is actually a great deal. When it comes to autos there’s the low quality ones below $100, the Kershaws which are great values, but kind of basic. Then there’s the microtechs and Protechs were are around $200-400.

      • Don

        The two brands you mentioned are great knives …I have one of each

      • BraveNewWhirled

        Microtech is very proud of their knives.

    • john huscio

      Quality knives are gonna cost ya. Aside from mora, theres no such thing as “good AND cheap”

      • Nicks87

        Moraknivs are a steal, I have three and use them quite a bit.

      • DwnRange

        Not so, as the fixed blade I mentioned above (CS Pendelton Lite Hunter) will hold it’s own with Busse Game Wardens and custom made blades, (I own a ton of knives in my collection, Becks, Busses, Walkers, 700 year old Japanese swords you name it) – I should know I’ve bought dozens of them and gifted them to real hunters with nary a complaint or damage (even when quartering deer hind quarters and popping the ball socket out which can ruin even high dollar knives if done wrong).

        They have been used by the SCI female hunter of the year in 2010 down the road here on kudu, moose, bear, caribou, buffalo, (American and Cape), antelope in Africa, gators – u name it….. the Lite Hunter is perfect and if ya do lose or break it ya ain’t lost much – I carry 2 in my hunting bag all the time along with a lockin hook blade box cutter type knife for skinning. Lynn put the “money” where it belongs in this knife, it simply works. $15 bucks give it try on your next hog, white-tail or elk.

    • MeaCulpa

      Spiderco has some nice and affordable knifes.

    • Ratcraft

      Buck 110 $40-$60
      Spyderco Resilience $50
      Ontario Rat $30

      • DanGoodShot

        Thanks for the recommendations. I’m going to check those out.

      • Hilltop

        +1 on that Ontario Rat. A great knife.

        • Ratcraft

          I gave out 3 rats for Christmas last year.

    • Edeco

      I like Mora, Kershaw and Spyderco. I’m not finnicky about full tang as long as the company knows what it’s doing. Same with nation of origin.

    • DwnRange

      The best field dressing knife I own (fixed blade) is a Cold Steel Pendelton Lite Hunter which has gone up from the $12-13 all the way to $15 now (always in my hunting bag and I have field dressed 6 hogs in an hour w/ them many times never having to be sharpened)

      The new Cold Steel 20NSC Pro-Lite Folding Knife is CS tough, as sharp and the “fixed-blade” above w/ a strong lock and only $30.

    • Giolli Joker

      It depends on what type of knife you’re looking for…
      But check Cold Steel knives on knifecenter or similar online outlet.
      They tend to be the best bang for the buck.

    • Bob

      you can buy a NICE Kalashnivkov automatic knife with 3-1/2 tool steel blade for like $39.95 at Blade HQ.
      Nice knife. SHARP too.

      • Frank

        Those aren’t NICE at all. The ones I owned are cool knives but they’re very rough around the edges and the price matches with the quality you get.

        • Bob

          mine works fine and is sharp enough to do what I want to do.
          Maybe you got a bad one. I’ve paid more on other brands and have received less !

    • DangerousClown

      Don’t confuse MSRP with the street price. And don’t expect CPM for under $100.

    • BraveNewWhirled

      Kershaw does a fine job of making good knives with good steel in the USA. But they also do some in China. I won’t buy a Chinese knife. But I might buy a Chinese bride, if the price is right.

  • BraveNewWhirled

    A good knife in a good steel, made in America is gonna cost more than the inexpensive stainless blade made with the finest Chinese prison labor.

  • dltaylor51

    Its cheaper than the benchmade infidel by a bunch but is it as good?