Product Description for Kiba (Fang)
Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91806
Blade length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 11.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.22 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 10.72 oz.
Shipment weight: 14.16 oz.
Blade: Hamaguri-ba OU-31 tool steel with a non-reflective disruptive acid finish
Handle: Carved canvas Micarta set on a full tang
Sheath: Kydex sheath with Tek-Lok belt clip
Description: Renowned Japanese knifemaker Kikuo Matsuda has been grinding blades for over 40 years and is a 5th generation knife grinder. His unique, dramatic grinds are well known throughout the knife industry. His father runs a small workshop in Seki, grinding blades for production knife makers. Kikuo joined his father's business at the age of 15 and learned grinding technique from his father. Kikuo's skill at the grinder has become legendary. Using the Hamaguri-Ba grinding technique, he has produced the Japanese convex edge normally only found in the classic katana sword.
Kiba means tusk, or fang, in Japanese. This knife clearly holds true to its name! The OU-31 semi-stainless tool steel blade will have exceptional edge holding. OU-31 is a Japanese PM (powdered metallurgical) steel with micro fine crystalline structure that embodies many of the best attributes needed for knives. The steel is hardened to 64 Hrc (very hard!) and has more than 3 times the toughness of D2. It is Kikuo's preferred steel for his knives. The blade features Kikuo's unique, non-reflective disruptive acid finish. It has a long false edge, and a notched thumb ramp.
Hand contoured OD green canvas Micarta scales comprise the handle. The camo lanyard cord is secured with an amazingly simple yet very effective retention system. Comes with hand fitted Kydex sheath with Tek-Lok belt device.
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