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The Hogue X5 makes an excellent EDC. It deploys quickly, does what is asked of it efficiently, and returns to the pocket easily. Most EDC tasks are dealt with so quickly that to whip out a camera is an afterthought. But rest assured this knife breaks down boxes, trims loose strings, and cuts out the famous “Box Tops” for my kids’ school with the best of them.
I like the Hogue X5 a lot. It is unlike my typical EDC folder in terms of size, styling, and price. However, as I mentioned in my review of the Peachsmith Chimera, one gets a particular feeling when they use a knife that is a step (or more) above a budget folder. It is hard to describe. It goes beyond the feel of a precisely machined pivot, or crisply engaging lock. While a budget knife might get the job done in utilitarian fashion, the Hogue X5 does it with appreciable style.