Rockstead HIZEN-ZDP Japanese Folding Knife 2.875" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, Duralumin Handles


Part #: RSHIZENZDP | 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 HIZEN is the smallest folder in Rockstead's lineup. It features a 2.875" ZDP-189 mirror finish blade and duralumin handles. The handle scales are connected with just two screws which allows for easy disassembly for cleaning. The opening action is smooth with a solid frame 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. 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 an extremely sharp edge. 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: 2.875"
  • Closed Length: 4.125"
  • Overall Length: 7"
  • 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: 0.45"
  • Handle Material: A7075 Hard Anodized Duralumin
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 2.4 oz.
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 084063

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.
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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.
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5 out of 5
Dec 15, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Wicked edge
Amazing mirror polished blade down to the edge. Edge decreases from 30deg to 24deg at the tip. Convex grind is purposeful and wicked sharp. Action is super smooth after initial short break in. The size is also ideal for EDC, roughly same size as a small Sebenza. Definitely a gateway knife at $710 into the world of Rockstead.
5 out of 5
North Bay, Ontario
Jun 04, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Handle Material
Rockstead Hizen ZDP
Fantastic knife! I had owned a Rockstead Higo before and always felt it was a bit large. The Hizen, however, fits my hand just perfectly. Flawless function, with only perhaps the tiniest bit of lock stick. I am in love with this knife. So far, I have used it for a variety of light cutting chores around the house -- plastic bags, cardboard, tape, etc. -- and am very impressed with the edge-holding of the ZDP-189 blade. Best of all, this is a great-looking knife! My only con would be the Duralumin handle. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I still can't help but feel that it would be better if it was a titanium alloy. That said, I would be very surprised if the Duralumin doesn't hold up to my usage. Thanks for making such a great knife, Rockstead!
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