Hogue Knives: The Complete Package

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Hogue Knives

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Knife assembly

Shopping for a new knife is complicated. When I put my hard-earned cash down on the table, you better believe I’m going to support a company with values.  That’s where Hogue comes in…

In 1968, Guy Hogue started his company making gun grips out of a small LA garage. These 100% made-in-USA products are a real bargain you can invest your faith in. Hogue Knives puts quality and integrity first, and a commitment to excellence is pervasive from top to bottom.

Product

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Some currently available models—Hogue EX-F02 and EX-04

Hogue entered the knife game with decades of experience making the best gun grips money can buy.  They partnered with acclaimed knife designer, Allen Elishewitz, to get started on the right foot. Manual, automatic, OTF, and more—Hogue Knives offers a blade for any taste. Unique details come in an affordable, functional package.

The CA legal A01 Microswitch is the perfect discreet automatic knife. A locking mechanism is found on many of their models to add a layer of utility. 154CM blade steel keeps a great edge, even under abuse, but is easy to maintain with your sharpening system of choice. My personal favorite knife is probably their EX-A01 with milled aluminum handle scales and an oh-so-satisfying button lock mechanism.

Process

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Milling blades

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

One side complete

If you’re not super familiar with Hogue Knives, it may be hard to believe every element of their manufacturing process lives right here in the USA. While so many others outsource, contract, and export work (and dollars) to other countries, Hogue is committed to investing in America. Success rarely comes from taking the easy way out, but I’m glad that they bobbed when the rest weaved.

Every Hogue is exactly executed. Transformed from raw stock to a beautiful finished product, tight tolerances are maintained every step of the way. Function is born from experience. When you take these knives out in the field, you feel 50 years of experience in your hand.

People

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Sharpening with belt grinder

Hogue Knives Made in USA Folding Pocket Knife

Sharpening from 220 grit to 15 micron

Beautiful and utilitarian designs, made in USA manufacturing, 50 years of history…all of this would be for naught without family serving as the backbone. Guy Hogue’s original vision and philosophy are carried on today because the owners aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to the manufacturing process. 

Everyone is treated like family in this relationship-driven company. Hogue started in a small Los Angeles garage, and is now in two massive production facilities. Family has always been their tent pole for measuring success.

Hogue Knives Wrap-Up

To be honest, I didn’t know a lot about Hogue before starting this project. Their products are a real breath of fresh air in an industry too-often lacking in variety.

What Hogue do you want to add to your collection? Do company values influence your decision-making process when you buy a new knife? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out our Best Tactical Knives article to see which Hogue made the list. Also, feel free to browse our epic Salt Knife blog post!

Andrew Hamilton showed up to interview at Blade HQ for a copywriter position with 3 knives in his pocket. His love for the outdoors, 3 years on a horse ranch, and strong taste for vintage clothing define his writing and his flow. He's got tattoos of all flavors from sailing ships to skulls, and he carries anything from a Manix 2 to a GEC Whaler. This guy's legit, folks. (bio by Ben)

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton showed up to interview at Blade HQ for a copywriter position with 3 knives in his pocket. His love for the outdoors, 3 years on a horse ranch, and strong taste for vintage clothing define his writing and his flow. He's got tattoos of all flavors from sailing ships to skulls, and he carries anything from a Manix 2 to a GEC Whaler. This guy's legit, folks. (bio by Ben)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *