The RITSU-ZDP is a modern, compact fixed blade by Rockstead Knives in Japan. It features a full tang 3.875″ ZDP-189 dual convex Honzukuri blade with a mirror finish. The lightweight wood Micarta handles are accented with a blue titanium guard. The index finger guard and jimping on the spine give the user a solid, secure grip. The exceptional 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. Each knife is individually numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity. Includes Japanese-style cloth bag.
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.
Be sure to register your Rockstead Knife here.
Blade Length: 3.875″
Cutting Edge: 3.625″
Handle Length: 4.40″
Overall Length: 8.38″
Blade Thickness: 0.15″
Blade Material: ZDP-189
Blade Hardness: 67 HRC (approximate)
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Dual Convex
Blade Finish: Mirror
Handle Thickness: 0.63″
Handle Material: Wood Micarta with Blue Titanium Guard
Sheath: Leather with Kydex Lining
Weight: 4.3 oz.
Made in Japan