Everyday Carry

The Drop: Hogue Deka MagnaCut Ultem Knife

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Hogue Deka MagnaCut Ultem Knife

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Earlier this year, Hogue released their Deka MagnaCut Knife, a made-in-the-USA EDC folder featuring cutting-edge blade steel and superb performance. Now the folks at Hogue have made a great thing even better by releasing an exclusive edition of the Deka MagnaCut that showcases beautiful and durable Ultem material for the knife handle. The translucent yellow handle allows you to see the super-premium blade steel, even with the blade closed.

Like MagnaCut stainless steel, synthetic Ultem material has taken the EDC world by storm, and a lot of everyday carry gear made nowadays features it because of the weight savings, stability, and durability of the material itself compared to traditional materials. On the Hogue Deka MagnaCut knife, the Ultem edition weighs in at 2.1 oz compared to the original Allen Eishewitz design's 2.4 oz. When you EDC a lot of gear, weight savings are welcome, particularly when it does not negatively impact performance.

And on the Hogue Deka MagnaCut Ultem knife, you get that in spades. Whether you opt for the 3.25” Wharncliffe or clip-point blade, the Deka can cut through your daily tasks while retaining a sharp edge. And the same ambidextrous ABLE-lock featured in the original is seen here, making it a joy to use with either hand.

What we like: The addition of Ultem to the premium MagnaCut stainless steel featured in this made-in-the-USA folding knife makes this the definitive version of the Hogue Deka MagnaCut.

What to watch out for: Because of the Ultem material, you must like the yellow translucent look if you buy this knife. If that does not work, consider picking up the regular Hogue Deka MagnaCut knife instead.

Final verdict: It's rare to see an EDC-friendly knife become even better, but Hogue has managed to do that with the new Ultem edition of the Deka MagnaCut knife. It's available exclusively at BladeHQ, and you'll want to pick one up sooner rather than later before they sell out.

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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