ZERO POINT PRODUCT EVOLUTION
THE BALE HOOK KNIFE BY ZERO POINT
One of the cornerstones of Zero Point is product innovation. Known as a leader in explosive ordnance disposal products and services, Zero Point is always looking to improve the functionality of the brand’s EOD Tools which are widely used in Explosive Ordnance and Special Operations commands around the world. The Zero Point’s Bale Hook Knife is one such product that has recently been improved to enhance performance.
Designed by Zero Point, the Hook Knife was originally developed to help facilitate successful remote cuts while using the tactical Pull-Line Kits. Though several hook knives existed in the market place one didn’t exist for the sole purpose of remote EOD procedures. The company CEO, Perry Sasnett, wanted to fix that and offer operators an EOD hook knife. As a result, Mr. Sasnett designed the hook knife for EOD operators in order to conduct remote pulls, cut tripwires, open suspicious packages, prosecute S-Vest and other articles from a safe distance.
Primary features were an unobstructed, straight line of pull for remote pulls and an easy attach point for line. Ridges were added along the side of the knife for a better grip if used on point. The added feature not only provided the quality of texture to the tool, but it also allowed further ease of use for operators.
Once the design was satisfactory the only thing that remained was the production of it. As a fledgling company then, Zero Point did not have the resources to produce this product so Perry looked to industry for assistance…Enter Benchmade. As a renowned maker of fine blades of all sorts and an operator household name it was an easy choice. The only issue being, would they make it? After very little back and forth they agreed. Whew! That’s how the hook knife came into existence.
After a successful debut and several combat missions later operator feedback came in. Always enjoy feedback regardless good or bad as it’s always good to Zero Point. Anyway, the reoccurring was the need for a bail that secures the knife to item during remote procedures. This is a feature that Zero Point decided against going to Benchmade for as it had been several years since the initial production and the company’s capability had matured by then.
The newly added bale was designed to allow operators to maintain a positive control on items being cut when placed downrange. The bale saves time and increases safety because instead of the detaching itself from a suspicious object while walking downrange, the hook remains attached.
Zero Point introduced the Bale Hook Knife, a new and improved EOD tool. The Bale Hook Knife is included with the Pull-Line Series Kits and can also be procured as an individual tool. The knife weighs no more than 2 oz. includes a nylon sheath and is current available in either Stainless Steel or Anodized Black.
So, Benchmade still makes the Hook Knife, but Zero Point modifies it afterwards.
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