Prior to the release of the Hogue EX-A05, Hogue stated in a press release “Our X5 folder, which was introduced last year, proved to be so popular that our customers wanted to see the same unique design in an automatic version.” Giving the fans what they want, they released this beast of a knife, and it’s hard to put down. Our favorite version just might be the modified Wharncliffe. It has interesting blade shape with a single serrate and a ridiculously long cutting edge.
The EX-A05 features a 3.5” CPM-154 stainless steel, modified Wharncliffe blade that opens with a pop by pressing the push-button on the side of the handle. In their efforts to produce autos that will last for years to come and work flawlessly in any environment, Hogue uses proprietary music wire springs designed by spring maker Wolff Gunsprings. The result is fast action with a high fidget factor combined with a dependable lockup.
To keep the blade from deploying when you don’t want it to, the EX-A05 does come with a manual safety. To toggle it, just move the slider to one end to lock the blade down and move it to the other end when it’s time for some fun.
The EX-A05 has hard-anodized aluminum handle scales. They’re contoured for a great grip, and they’re smooth and lightweight. Extras include an ambidextrous tip-down pocket clip with a filler plate, and a lanyard hole for attachments.
- CPM-154 Stainless Steel, Tumbled Finish
- 3.5” Modified Wharncliffe or Spear Point Blade
- 6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum Handles
- Button Opener/Lock
- Manual Safety
- Ambidextrous Tip-down Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Hole
- 5.7 oz.
- 4.625” Closed
- 8.125” Overall
- Made in the USA
The Hogue EX-A05 is built like a true workhorse knife should be and can stand with the rest of the big hitters in the automatic knife market. Check one out by clicking any link in the article or the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.