Rockstead RYO-H ZDP-189 Mirror Polished Blade Titanium Handle Concealed Clip
This exceptional knife has been carried a couple of times and is almost brand new. It is offered at $500 below retail price with intact factory warranty!
If you walked the paths of traditional know-how, endured the rocky roads of manufacturing complexity and climbed all the way up to the summit of excellence in production knifemaking, you'll find the Japanese powerhouse Rockstead, standing alone, taking a shot of Sake & waving the flag.
Poetry aside, Rockstead is praised by most people in the business as the best production knifemakers in the world. "Production" may not be a fair word however, as there is more manual work and hand finishes in a "production" Rockstead knife than you'll find in many of so called custom or mid-tech knives these days.
The Rockstead RYO-H is one of the newest additions to Rockstead arsenal. It is also one that benefits from many modern technologies, especially for a traditional Japanese company like Rockstead. The RYO features a "Concealed Clip System" which is essentially a retractable clip that you can deploy when you need and tuck away when you don't for maximum comfort in hand or in the pocket.
The Ryo also features a full titanium frame which adds strength to the handle compared to aluminium while not increasing the weight by much. Rockstead has chosen a button lock mechanism for the RYO. This helps maintaining a uniform look on both side as well as preserving the integrity of the handle as there is no lockbar cut-outs on the handle. The handle is beautifully scalloped in typical Rockstead fashion and is anodized in deep blue.
Rockstead knives are best known for their blades; They have mastered three crucial aspects of making a high quality blade that barely any other production knife company has achieved. Exceptional sharpness, High Hardness levels resulting in unmatched edge retention and impeccable mirror finished blades. The blade sharpening is doen by hand, so is the laborious process of mirror polishing the blade via wet & dry sanding that requires high level of skills & attention to smallest details; And patience of a saint of course.
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