Rockstead HIGO-X-IW-ZDP Japanese Folding Knife 3.5" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, Ironwood Handles


Part #: RSHIGOXIWZDP | 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-ZDP folder features a 3.5" ZDP-189, mirror finish 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-ZDP 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: ZDP-189 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 67 HRC (approximate)
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Convex
  • Blade Finish: Mirror
  • 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: 084077

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.
ZDP-189 Steel
ZDP-189 Steel
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.
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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5 out of 5
Feb 10, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Weight, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
Simply Gorgeous
I did mull over spending this much money for the Higo, but I am glad I did. This is a beautifully made EDC. It's a pleasure to hold and use. The quality of this knife surpasses that of most any custom-made knife I own. I highly recommend it. The staff at (Tom, to be specific) was wonderful to work with. Great customer service.
5 out of 5
McKinney Texas
Jun 27, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Blade Material
Cons: None
Ultra Sharp Blade
This is the sharpest blade I have ever seen. It is scary sharp and has a awesome mirror polish to it. Made in Japan by some really dedicated knifemakers. The fit and finish is as good or better than most hand made knives and the price is certainly justified by the quality of this knife. Also has nice leather sheath and tool to take knife apart for cleaning if desired. Should last a lifetime.
5 out of 5
Urs L
Switzerland, Zürich
Feb 10, 2015
Pros: None
Cons: None
Super knife !
Perfect and amazing knife ! Blade very very sharp, unbelievable.
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