Rockstead HIGO-X-IW-DLC Japanese Folding Knife 3.5" YXR7 DLC Polished Blade, Ironwood Handles


Part #: RSHIGOXIWDLC | Rockstead Knives
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Rockstead Knives are, in our opinion, some of the best knives available on the market. With Rockstead's meticulous craftsmanship and unique designs, this semi-custom folder is worth the premium price tag. The HIGO-X-IW-DLC folder features a 3.5" YXR7, DLC polished blade and ironwood handles. The opening action is smooth with a solid liner lock to securely keep the blade locked in place. The incredible mirror finish is achieved by heat treating the blade and gradually hand grinding through 400, 600, 800, 1,200 and 2,000 grits wet-dry sandpaper. This is very intense and time-consuming because if any scratches were to occur during this process, the blade must be sent back to the previous step for refinishing. Once this is complete, the blade will be buffed for the final finish. The folks at Rockstead have mastered this process to give the knife a beautiful finish and sharp edge like no other. The HIGO-X-IW-DLC comes with a black leather belt pouch with a slot to hold the included torx-style wrench. Each knife is individually numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.

With proper maintenance, Rocksteads are known to keep a sharp edge for 2-3 years. Rockstead Knives come with free sharpening and regrinding. You would be responsible for shipping charges to and from Japan.

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  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Closed Length: 4.75"
  • Overall Length: 8.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125"
  • Blade Material: YXR7 Carbon Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 65 HRC (approximate)
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Convex
  • Blade Finish: DLC (Diamond Like Coating), Black Polished
  • Handle Thickness: 0.59"
  • Handle Material: Ironwood
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pocket Clip: No Pocket Clip
  • Sheath: Black Leather Belt Pouch
  • Weight: 4.6 oz.
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 420067

Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Nov 11, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
Sharp but pricey
Overall I think this a well made product but my four star review was due to two issues.I haven't used the blade so this is my first impression review after just handling it for two weeks. First, the frame is steel and not titanium. The titanium frame is less likely to rust. Instructions in this product advise not getting the handle wet bc it may rust. It also advises not using the knife in a saltwater environment. Is titanium expensive in Japan? The Rockstead titanium knife is offered but well over priced in my opinion. Second is the price. I still can't get through the reason why this particular knife is priced at $1,090. The least expensive Rockstead folder is $750 in a aluminum frame. So I assume you are paying for the blade bc aluminum framed folders are not expensive. The positive is the lock up, blade play, blade, iron wood handle and presentation. Rockstead also offers free sharpening and a warranty as long as you do not dissemble the knife. Not sure why the dissemble tool is provided. For those on the fence about buying a Rockstead, I would start off with purchasing their Chou or duralumin frame at a lower cost. Knifecenter gets 5 stars for their service.
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