Hoback Knives is a brand we are now taking a closer look at on the Loadout Room after our initial impressions of the MK Ultra we recently reviewed. The Hoback Knives Hero Series are nothing short of works of art. Although they are really nice looking blades they are meant to be used as tools, not safe queens. That’s how I fully intend to use my new Hero Series Marine knife. Here is what Jake Hoback has to say about this blade.

As Jake says, “When I started this project in 2010, it was after I had spent countless hours researching folding knives, mechanisms and lock geometry. I thought to myself, why not put this information into a solid model so that everyone who is getting into making folders can start with a finished idea to look at while they build their very own awesome knife. So I set out to make the knife in such a way that it could be made with simple tools, no CNC necessary. All you would need to do is waterjet cut a blank and start drilling and tapping.”

The knife design itself is a modified sheep’s foot blade with a properly engineered frame set. The single point rear standoff/backspacer is large enough to handle knife stresses but small enough to allow a rather large handle to blade ratio.

The blade steel is CPM-S35VN, with an excellent heat treat that seamlessly flows into and out of the titanium frame set. There are several options to choose from to make this knife your very own — including pocket clips, pivots, backspacers, and inlays. This all adds up to a NPD (Never Put it Down), not just an EDC!

Stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks!