Hogue’s X1 Microflip

Hogue knife

Hogue Knives announced the company was now offering a new button lock, flipper style folding knife called the X1 Microflip. According to the company, the knife has no springs and is 100% a manual flipper. However, the company says it acts a lot like an automatic knife.

“Our customers have been demanding a streamlined sub 3.0 inch Allen Elishewitz designed knife and we have seriously knocked this one out of the park,” said Scott Bruhns the lead knife engineer at Hogue Knives. “This knife is so full of features it honestly has to be held to fully appreciate the cohesive design and execution by Allen and the Hogue team.”

Hogue Knives states the X1 Microflip was designed as an “every day carry” knife, and it should compliment your normal CCW load. The blade is 2.75″ in length and is made of CPM154 steel. The blade has a drop point and comes with one of two finishes: black Cerakote or stone washed tumbled.

Hogue knife

The grip frame and handles are made of 6061-T6 aluminum and have an anodized finish. The color choices are matte black, gray, flat dark earth and aquamarine. It is designed to be carried tip up and the pocket clip can be moved to either side of the handle.

The X1 Microflip is made in the USA. It has a suggested retail price of $149 – $159 depending on finishes selected.

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  • QuadGMoto

    Huh? They designed this knife, but are “not offering” it for sale?

    • Tommy

      I think they meant to type “now”. So many typos on this site, it’s embarrassing.

      • Turd Ferguson

        Zero attempts made to proofread. I get it. It’s the first sentence. By the time you get to the bottom, it’s too much work to go back to the top.

  • I handled the new Hogue knives at SHOT Show. I was actually very impressed with their construction and features. The X1 has a very smooth action that makes deploying the blade very easy. They also appear to be using decent materials as well. Hogue has partnered with Elishewitz Custom knives on at least part of these designs, and from what I’ve heard they do good work.

    The MSRP on these knives is a bit too high in my opinion, but not by much. When I first heard about these Hogue knives I was skeptical, but after handling them and evaluating their construction and materials I’m interested.

  • Andrew

    Other than using a high priced stainless steel, which likely will not be of benefit to most users, what makes this worth $150 compared to a $25 Kershaw flipper?

    • raz-0

      Given your price and a quick search, I’m coming up with the kershaw kryo as the most obvious comparison. 2.75″ and a flipper, and $22-28. What makes them different

      1) 154CM steel. Looking at other brands that offer similar steels in a chinese made knife of similar size, this would bump the price up to about $40-60 depending on construction.

      2) Machined aluminum handles. This would put a chinese made knife with comparable blade material into the ~$70 range.

      3) Locking mechanism. The button lock is more complex than a liner lock or a frame lock. Comparing to the kershaw kryo, the frame lock has the hindered screw and washer restraint/limiter, but lacks the fine machining on the frame lock end, or a hardened machined steel insert like they use on their nicer kinves. This means that the frame lock on the kaiser is even crappier than frame locks in general. They rank better than liner locks, but they are still lower on my list for safety and durability. Button locks are sturdy, but still possible to active accidentally. But you get a better, more complex locking mechanism that requires more labor/machine time.

      4)Heat treat. For the most part, with the better makers, they are doing heat treats well. Quality of heat treat makes the difference in something like a 440c steel being good or being crap. Hogue is doing heat treat well from what I have seen and is using cryo in the process. This costs more in time and labor and produces a better, more consistent process than the chinese kershaws. By a lot. I have a couple of the cheap chinese kershaws and they are not well heat treated and not really consistent.

      5) Edge grind. the cheaper kershaws i have purchased have had crap edges on them, AND are ground at odd angles, so to maintain them with most convenient sharpeners requires re-profiling the blade. This sucks to do.

      6) washers/bearings/etc. Good knives will use bronze and or PTFE washers, precision spacers, bearings, etc. at the pivot. The cheap kershaws are not. On a flipper that will make the difference between fast and smoth where the flipper opens the knife, or draggy and binding where the flipper gets it half way.

      7) Made in the USA vs. made in china. To get something that is of similar quality from china at this size, you’d be paying ~$80 street. This is $150 MSRP. American labor and regulations costs.

      5) It’s push button. You likely can convert it to an auto pretty easily. Kershaw used to sell several japanese knives like that while the market had a number of similar options and it still demanded a premium. There’s a bit of a shortage of such right now so…

      • Jack_A_Lope

        While your analysis is thorough, I wouldn’t cry over losing my Kryo to TSA, dropping it in a lake, etc. The material, fit, finish, edge angle, and all of that is nice, but not $130 more nice, and definitely too nice for how I am going to treat the knife. I’ve had a Kershaw flipper for years. I’ve stripped thousands of wires of insulation, pried staples, hammered with it, pried out FTEs, scraped carbon from firing pins, cut hundreds of feet of carpet, thousands of zip straps, a million letters opened (I exaggerate a bit), open bags of dog food, fertilizer, weed killer, lava rock, cut thousands of tomatoes and peppers and grapes from their vines, and I would miss it if it was gone. That from a $30 Kershaw flipper knife. Sharpened once or twice a year in about four minutes.

        • raz-0

          If you cut carpet regularly and only sharpen a couple times a year, you have WAY higher tolerance for a dull knife than I do. Because carpet drills everything pretty fast.

          I will point out that you seem to still have said cheap knife. Which means that you can actually exercise some degree of care for your stuff. So a more expensive one is not that big a risk of loss. The ‘it’s cheaper so I don’t have to worry about losing it’ argument is definitely valid from those who lose their stuff regularly.

          Personally I think the $30-40 Kershaws are a good compromise for a knife. Not the best edge holding, easily sharpened, not to pricey. They are usually from Taiwan. However the ones labeled made in China that are $20 and under have managed to be made of cheap steel that fills quickly and is a pain to sharpen. Which is a beat but useless trick.

          Personally I’m a big fan of spyderco because I can get a nice US made knife for ~$70-90. Given the life span I get out of a knife, it’s a reasonable price.

  • Robert Kruckman

    $ 150.00 $ 150.00
    Give me a break, way too much dinero!!