When it comes to knives, we tend to prefer simple and durable designs. If you plan to use a knife for cutting rather than as a prop for Instagram photos, you probably feel the same way. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a knife that looks good at the same time, but that's more of an added bonus to its primary purpose.

Hogue Knives recently released the new Fray fixed blade as part of its HK Knives line. The company calls the HK Knives Fray a “no-nonsense cutting tool,” and its design clearly matches that goal. It's constructed from a single piece of 154CM stainless steel, hardened to 57-59 HRC and available in two blade shapes.

Fray Tanto (top) and Clip Point (bottom)

One is called a Clip Point, but looks closer to a drop point with a prominent swedge, since it lacks the concave shape and upswept tip we've come to associate with typical clip-point blades. The other is a Tanto, which also has a swedge for improved piercing. Overall length is 9.1 inches; blade length is 4.2 inches.

Each version of the HK Knives Fray is finished in your choice of black, OD green, or FDE Cerakote. The handle is wrapped in black paracord; a large forefinger notch and jimping on the thumb ramp and butt provide added grip. Each knife comes with a black polymer Auto-Retention Sheath that can be carried horizontally or vertically. It's also compatible with TEK-LOK mounts.

The HK Knives Fray is made in the USA by Hogue, and priced at $150 MSRP. For more information, go to HogueInc.com.

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