Rockstead KEI-ZDP Japanese Hunting Knife Fixed 3.625" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, White Micarta Handles


Part #: RSKEIZDP | Rockstead Knives
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The Rockstead KEI-ZDP folding knife features a 3.625" ZDP-189 steel, mirror-finish blade with white Micarta handles. The mirror finish is achieved by heat treating the blade and gradually hand grinding through 400, 600, 800, 1200 and 2000 grit 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 cutouts in the Micarta handles give it good balance while reducing weight. Feels extremely comfortable and solid in the hand. The black leather sheath with Kydex insert has a button snap for secure carry capability. Includes Japanese style pouch and certificate of authenticity. Individually numbered.

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

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  • Blade Length: 3.625"
  • Closed Length: 4.5"
  • Overall Length: 8.125"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125"
  • Blade Material: ZDP-189
  • Blade Finish: Mirror Finish
  • Blade Hardness: About 67 HRC
  • Handle Material: White Micarta
  • Handle Thickness: 0.655"
  • Weight: 3.7 oz.
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 194004

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.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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.
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.
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Rockstead KEI-ZDP Japanese Hunting Knife Fixed 3.625" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, White Micarta Handlesrated 4.500 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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Rockstead KEI-ZDP Japanese Hunting Knife Fixed 3.625" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, White Micarta Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 04, 2018
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
So Amazing but Ugly as Sin
This fixed blade was my first Rockstead. Nothing prepares you for the first time you gently push-cut through the corner of a telephone book. As a long-time collector, I have a lot of sharp knives: welllll...I thought they were sharp... :) It has certainly raised the bar for sharpness and, thereafter, I have been putting a lot of sharp convex edges on everything. So, now I have a pretty-much endless job ahead of me, right? Out there on ‘the edge’(haha), I started to really get to know the plusses and minuses of different blade steels and which I can do what with re finishing. So, it’s all roses and sunshine; right? Nope. When I was done being blinded by the edge, I began to realize what a poor fit this knife was for my big paws. The only positive thing about these mitts of mine is that they can completely cover the hideous handle! White micarta is a little bit of an oddball choice (on this continent, at least). Adding to the ugliness are the handle cutouts: you don’t see it done very often and it seems to be more of a European thing, as I keep seeing this kind of thing on fixed hunting blades out of Solingen, etc. I thought I would kill two birds by wrapping it in blue reflective microcord and coating it in cyanoacrylate to keep it permanently in place. The grip is better. It’s still capital ‘U’ Ugly but now, at least, it looks like somebody cares. Was it worth the $300 I saved, going for the on-sale white micarta Kei...? No! Grateful as I am for the experience—and through no inherent fault in the knife itself—but I would gladly jump back in time and paid the extra 20% to get ANY other colour of micarta! (Unfortunately, it is not safe to operate this knife wothout looking at it...) I know. I know. I know... world’s tiniest violin, right? ;)
Rockstead KEI-ZDP Japanese Hunting Knife Fixed 3.625" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, White Micarta Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Kailua, HI
Dec 25, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
With a Rockstead, it's all about the blade capability. The KEI is a utilitarian example of the perfect cutting edge that is meant to be used in the field, workplace, or the home. Its compact size for a fixed blade is perfect as a convenient EDC. What struck me first when handling this knife was the lightweight. (It's nearly the same weight as the SHU) It's lightweight is deceptive of its cutting ability but is conducive to the EDC application. The sheath is top quality and is just as utilitarian as the knife it stores securely in the leather-covered Kydex sleave. Again, this is a light-weight fixed blade knife well suited for regular carry and use. With a Hrc of 67 your not going to wear this knife out in your lifetime.


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