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SOG Large Kiku Fixed 5.6" Black Plain Blade, Linen Green Micarta Handles (KU-2012)

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Part Number: SOGKU2012
Manufacturer: SOG Knives
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Description
SOGKU2012: KU-2012 Large Kiku Fixed Blade, Black TiNi
SOG Knives
 
Sometimes a folding knife comes along that is just begging to be made as a fixed blade. For SOG it was the Kiku.
 
This fixed blade beauty is a version of the popular folding collaboration between SOG and legendary Japanese knife maker Kiku Matsuda. Features a rugged linen micarta handle, molded hard nylon sheath, and full tang construction.

Building upon SOG’s long tradition of honoring Japanese knife makers, these fixed-blade Kikus use the collaborative design talents of SOG and Kiku Matsuda, one of the foremost tactical knife designers in Japan. SOG and Master Kiku Matsuda have won awards on collaborations before, and this knife should turn heads, too. The elegant linen micarta handle is rugged and easy to clean, while the AUS-8 stainless steel blade is set up for years of reliable service.
Features
  • Full Tang Construction
  • Hard Nylon Sheath
  • Collaboration Between Kikuo Matsuda & SOG Design Team
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 5.6"
  • Thickness: 0.20"
  • Overall Length: 10.76"
  • Weight: 11.2 oz.
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless Steel, 56-58HRC
  • Finish: Hardcased Black TiNi
  • Handle: Linen Micarta
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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Citizen
Of the world
Oct 26, 2014
Pros: Overall Quality, None
Cons: Handle Material
A knife with a visually stunning appearance. Many tout it as a blade with martial applications. You gotta admit anything with a tanto point speaks of this application. Overall, it's not too bad for that in mind. Though as pointed out by some, a longer handle would be slightly better. And I suppose because of legal restrictions and what not, the false edge sadly, isn't sharpened. Which if you look at this design, protrudes; thus without a sharpen edge would have greatly helped in a snag... I would consider this whole package as something more suitable for those who for whatever reason, require a fighting tanto.
3 out of 5
Alex
Sydney
Sep 30, 2014
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over priced
design, 5 (a good looking knife) material, 2 (the old Vulcan in VG10 is far superior) value for money, 2 ( too expensive ) utility, 3 (sharp but not easy to sharpen) Overall I give a 3
1 out of 5
Wayne
Auckland, Other
Sep 30, 2014
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IT'S NOT A COMBAT KNIFE
Hi Michele, I understand you love this knife every much. To be honest, I love it too simply by manipulating it or holding it in my hand. However, once again, I will never bring it into the field. You said it's a good combat knife, well...it's not. A combat knife is utility knife for a soldier to clearing foliage, chopping branches for cover, opening ammunition crates, etc. A good combat knife need to be strong enough to take abuse, easy to sharpen in the field and fully covered (not necessarily but ideally) tang to isolate your hand from metal just in case you need to cut live wires. Now have a look at Kiku, con-curved shape = not easy to sharpen; hollow grind = not strong as flat, saber or convex edge, exposed tang = not able to cut live wire. I did not mention the steel in my previous review. Aus8 is an OK steel for general use, but for an hard use combat knife, a high carbon steel like 1095 will be a better choice. By the way, a combat knife is not a fighting knife,you will never have a chance to stab your opponent in the battle field ---from 15 years of military experience.
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