Rockstead SHU-C-ZDP Japanese Folding Knife 3.25" ZDP-189 Mirror Finish Blade, Titanium Handles


Part #: RSSHUCZDP | Rockstead Knives
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Rockstead Knives are, in our opinion, some of the best production knives available on the market. With Rockstead's meticulous craftsmanship and unique designs, this semi-custom folder is worth the premium price tag. The SHU-C-ZDP folder features a 3.25" ZDP-189, mirror-finish blade with blasted flats and lightweight titanium handles with apricot artwork engravings on both sides. The cutout in the handle scales provide good ergonomics while the finger choil allows you to choke up on the blade for more precise tasks. 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 included pocket clip can be attached for tip-up, right side carry. 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: 3.25"
  • Closed Length: 4.5"
  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • 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: 0.48"
  • Handle Material: Titanium with Apricot Artwork Engravings
  • Locking Mechanism: Button Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 420070

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.
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.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
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
Kailua, Hi
Nov 15, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Unparalleled Cutting Edge
I use this knife as an EDC because of the weight to blade ratio. The entire knife is absolutely flawless in workmanship and the style of the SHU is about as traditional Japanese as one can get for a luxury folding knife. The most significant virtue of this knife is the blade design and its cutting edge. A convex grind with a mirror polish is visually stunning. The sharpness is extraordinary. I have never experienced such a razor edge on a folder, but the blade geometry and Rhc of 67 make it functional knife without the need to do more than stropping to maintain the edge. Methods and techniques are found on the Rockstead website for reference. This supreme quality knife is similar to having a three-inch samurai sword in the pocket. I cannot overemphasize how sharp this blade comes out of the box.
5 out of 5
Camarillo, Ca
Nov 02, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Anazing Quality And Blade
Yes, it's pricey but worth it. That blade is razor sharp. The button lock so easy to use. The handle is art. If you want a high end knife, you can't go wrong with this one.
5 out of 5
Feb 04, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Amazing knife
This knife has so many great things to comment on. 1.) This is by far the sharpest out knife I have ever handled. 2.) The action is very, very smooth. 3.) The lockup is perfect, with a great button mechanism. 4.) The two tone titanium handle with the artwork is stunning. You will pause to admire it before you put it away! 5.) The zero ground edge is not only super sharp, but polished beyond belief. 6.) Could not find any type of flaw in the knife. They went beyond reason in the manufacture of this knife. 7.) This is a unique gentleman's knife that anyone would be proud to own.
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