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FirstEdge®/Ryan Hoover 4050-4055 HR-1 Backup/Self-Defense Knife



The FirstEdge® HR-1 Self-Defense/Backup Knife was designed in partnership with renowned Self Defense and Fighting Instructor Ryan Hoover (Fit-To-Fight® & Funker Tactical). This is the perfect low profile primary or backup knife for Law Enforcement, Military, and Self Defense use. The knife is also used in the field as a detail or bird & trout knife

The HR-1 is made with ELMAX® Steel, a superior blade steel with extremely high wear resistance, superior corrosion resistance, high compressive strength, and excellent dimensional stability that retains size and form under heavy use.

The HR-1 is equipped with either a Traditional (Non-reversible) or a Fully-Reversible Kydex Sheath. Both are ideal for IWB, Pocket or MOLLE carry. The sheath has 2 lanyard holes for neck carry.

A Blunt-Tip blue Anodized Aluminum Training version (4680) is available.

The full HR-1 Kit (4880) contains a Knife, a Trainer and a Sheath


SKU: 4050/5 Category:

  • Modified Tanto Fixed Blade
  • ELMAX® Stainless Steel Blade – .110” Thick / 7.125” Overall Length
  • Blade Edge Lengths – Bottom edge 1.75″ / Tanto tip edge – 0.875″
  • Hardened to 60-61 HRC
  • Flat Ground blade
  • Striking Pommel
  • Black Oxide Finish on Blade
  • Molded Kydex Sheath with IWB pocket clip
  • 3.0 oz.Packaged Weight / 2.3 oz. Knife Only
FIRSTEDGE® 4050 HR-1 Teaser


FirstEdge® is proud to offer ELMAX® Steel in our premium knife products. Produced by Bohler-Uddenholm of Sweden, ELMAX® is “High Chromium-Vanadium-Molybdenum” alloyed steel, made of 18% Chromium, 3% Vanadium, 1.7% Carbon, 1% Molybdenum, 0.8%Silicon, and 0.3% Manganese. This composition of metals results in a superior stainless steel alloy with high wear resistance, superior corrosion resistance, and high compressive strength. The ELMAX® advance powder metallurgy technology allows for these rare performance capabilities. The steel is hardened to 60-61 HRC, resulting in excellent edge retention and high impact resistance. It is easily sharpened and holds an edge as well as carbon steel alloy.

Comparative testing of ELMAX® versus other stainless steels show superior performance by ELMAX®. Other steels may perform in one aspect, but are weaker in others: tough but difficult to sharpen; sharp but prone to corrosion and rust; rust-resistant but a softer blade. ELMAX® performs without trade-offs. Using the industry standard, CATRA (Cutlery Allied Trades Research Association), Edge Retention Test, ELMAX® scored higher than other stainless steels at 62 HRC. In the TCC (Total Cards Cut) Test that measures the number of silica impregnated cards that a knife can cut at one time, ELMAX® placed second with 930.7. ELMAX® steel at 61 HRC performed better than other stainless blade steels, even those at 57 HRC, despite the fact that a lower HRC has been viewed as stronger.

ELMAX® steel is ideal for Survival, Outdoor and Underwater applications where high durability, toughness, and corrosion resistance are critical. ELMAX® knives withstand extended exposure to moisture, extreme temperature change, and constant heavy use. Other applications include Hunting, Fishing, and Food Service where sharpness and ease of sharpening and robustness are critical features.

Ryan is a World Renowned Self Defense and Fighting Instructor. Extensively trained in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, and more. He is the Co-Founder of the worldwide affiliate training organization Fit to Fight®. Ryan has authored and co-developed numerous training programs and has successfully run Weapons Defense and Retention Training courses and seminars for a large number of institutions including NC Justice Academy, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, CO State Trooper Academy, security forces at Ramstein AFB and many Sheriff and Police Forces. In addition, Ryan is the personal trainer of many professional athletes, celebrities and instructors in eight countries around the world.


We are extremely proud of our products and sincerely value our customers. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your FirstEdge® experience.  Our Fixed Blade Knives are designed to withstand heavy, extreme use. If your knife fails, we will repair or replace it free of charge, no questions asked – Forever.  Our Folding Knives are tough and are designed for powerful, precision cutting.  If your folding knife fails to perform due to a defect and doesn’t meet your expectations, we will repair or replace your knife free of charge – Forever.  We don’t expect our knives to fail, but if this happens, we will take care of you.


FirstEdge® knives leave the factory razor-sharp.  It is important to maintain the sharpness of the blade, as a dull edge requires more force and poses a danger to the user.  The frequency and manner of use will determine how frequently the knife will need to be sharpened.  Periodic use of an Arkansas Honing Stone will remove burrs and maintain the edge of the blade.  Should the blade remain dull after use of a honing stone, professional sharpening is recommended.


Folding Knives – Remove moisture, dirt, and other impediments from blades, handles, and locking mechanisms after each use.  Cycling of the blade open and closed will assist in removing dust and foreign particles.  Compressed air may be used to dislodge foreign objects.  Periodic application of a light oil, such as WD-40®, Break-Free®, or mineral oil is recommended.  For optimal safety, Folding Knives should always be stored in the closed position.

Fixed Blade Knives – Remove moisture, dirt, and other impediments from sheaths after each use. Compressed air may be used to dislodge foreign objects.  Periodic application of a light oil, such as WD-40®, Break-Free®, or mineral oil is recommended.  For optimal safety, Fixed Blade knives should always be stored securely in their sheaths.