Preview: Hogue Knives Trauma

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posted on March 29, 2020
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Hogue Knives is releasing a new addition to its series of folding blades with the Trauma. The Trauma is specifically designed for first responders and emergency use. It is also intended for any everyday-carry needs. It was also designed for longevity through the materials used in its construction.

In terms of materials, the blade is made of 0.125” thick Bohler N680 chosen for its ratings for toughness, wear-resistance and corrosion-resistance. The 3.4” blade comes in two options with either a sheepsfoot or opposing bevel profiles, depending on user preference. The finish options for the blades are either stone-washed or black-Cerakote coating. The blades come from Hogue with a hand-sharpened and honed edge for immediate use.

This particular knife includes a safety feature through the ABLE locking mechanism to ensure that the blade stays extended in use without worry of an accidental disengagement. The ABLE locking mechanism features a ridged lock bar to ensure a solid lock and can withstand extended use without losing a positive lockup. The locking mechanism uses a Wolff wire-form spring for its added strength and longevity through use. Wolff springs having a reputation for a long life cycle, as is the case in the company’s firearm mainsprings.

The Trauma’s grip and housing is manufactured out of medium-textured, peel-ply G10 composite material which offers solid friction to the grip without being overly aggressive on the user’s hands. The frame houses additional built-in tools with the addition of a deployable strap cutter, an oxygen valve wrench and a carbide glass breaker and the end of the hilt. The grip of the trauma also features a low-profile, tip-up, side-configurable pocket clip.

The grip is available in two colors, either solid black or safety orange. The blade also comes with a MOLLE-system-compatible knife pouch for external carry. MSRP varies between $180 to $190, depending on blade type and finish selection. For more information, please visit hogueknives.com.

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