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.