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FirstEdge®/Ryan Hoover 4250-4255 HR-2 Tanto Backup/Self-Defense Knife



The FirstEdge® HR-2 Backup/Self-Defense 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 HR-2 is a MEDIUM size knife suitable for users with smaller hands.

The knife is also used in the field as a detail or bird & trout knife

The HR-2 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-2 is equipped with a Kydex Sheath ideal for IWB, Pocket or MOLLE carry. Sheath has 2 lanyard holes for neck carry.

A Blunt-Tip Red Anodized Aluminum Training version (4780) is available. The 4890 Kit contains the HR-2. the Red Training Knife and a sheath



SKU: 4250 Category:

  • Tanto Flat Ground Fixed Blade
  • Black Oxide Coated
  • 0.110” Thick / 6.625” Overall Length
  • Blade Length 2.375″
  • Striking Pommel
  • Retention Hole and Finger Grooves
  • Molded Kydex Sheath with IWB pocket clip
  • 3.0 oz.Packaged Weight / 2.0 oz. Knife Only


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.