Rockstead KOU-ZDP Japanese Folding Knife 3" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, Aluminum Handles
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The 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 KOU is the smaller version of the popular SHIN model. It features a 3" ZDP-189 mirror finish blade and aluminum handles with stingray inlays. 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 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. 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.
Be sure to register your Rockstead Knife here.
- Blade Length: 3"
- Closed Length: 4.125"
- Overall Length: 7.25"
- Blade Thickness: 0.145"
- Blade Material: ZDP-189 Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness: 67 HRC (approximate)
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Convex
- Blade Finish: Mirror
- Handle Thickness: 0.55"
- Handle Material: Hard Anodized Aluminum with Stingray Inlays
- Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
- Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
- Weight: 3.6 oz.
- Made in Japan
UPC Code: 084065
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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.