The EX-03 is a unique folding knife with a one-piece frame designed by custom knife maker Allen Elishewitz and finely crafted in the USA by Hogue, Inc. It has been made possible by careful engineering, precise manufacture, and the use of high-end polymers resulting in a light but tough knife that's easy to carry. The blade is made from 154CM stainless that is cryogenically heat treated for a lasting edge that is still easy to maintain. Each knife is honed by hand to a mirrored finish for exceptional cutting performance. It comes in either Drop Point or Tanto profile with a high flat grind. A finger groove and strategically placed jimping around the knife's edges ensure a dependable grip, and the end of the handle is pointed for use as an impact tool. For quick one-handed deployment, the EX-03 uses ambidextrous thumb studs. Once open the blade is held in place by a strong button lock. Supported by a quarter-inch pivot, oversized stop pin and set into recessed stainless steel bolster plates, the mechanism offers outstanding reliability and a solid lockup. For added security there is a manual safety that can be engaged to prevent accidental closure. The bolster plates of the EX-03 are molded right into the innovative one-piece glass reinforced PPS handle. PPS is a high tech polymer that offers exceptional toughness and thermal stability. Due to the frame's material properties the EX-03 mechanism provides a smooth dependable action in all conditions every time you open it.