Product Description for Yukikaze
Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93156
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 12.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.65 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.19 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.15 in.
Item weight: 14.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 18.4 oz.
Blade: Hamaguri-ba OU-31 stain resistant 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. Kiku joined his father's business at the age of 15 and learned the grinding technique from his father. Kiku's skill at the grinder has become legendary. Whether you know it or not, you may already have a knife blade ground by him. He personally grinds knifes for the like of William Henry, Pro-tech, and Randall King.
Yukikaze is a mid-size all purpose knife developed by Kiku. The 7-1/8 inch hamaguri-ba (convex) blade is massive yet surprisingly nimble. Kikuo used OU-31 tool steel blade, which has 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. The blade features Kikuo's non-reflective disruptive acid finish. The thumb ramp is textured for a secure grip. The canvas Micarta handle is carved and set on the substantial full tang. A lanyard hole completes the handle.
Accompanied by hand fitted Kydex sheath with Tek-Lok belt clip.
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