Hida with Black Micarta and OU-31

Product Description for Hida with Black Micarta and OU-31

Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98202
Blade length: 9.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.90 in.
Total length: 15.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.70 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 16.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 20.2 oz.
Blade: Hamaguri-ba OU-31 stain resistant steel with a non-reflective disruptive acid finish
Handle: Hand contoured and carved black 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. Kiku joined his father's knife grinding workshop at 15 and learned the grinding techniques from his father. Over the years, Kiku's skill at the grinder has become legendary.
Hida, with its 9.4 inch blade is a massive chopper. It is based on the traditional Japanese ken-nata. Ken-nata, which roughly translates as axe-knife, functions as a high performance machete -- an ideal camp knife. Hida is handmade by Kikuo and shows his skill at its best. The blade is surprisingly nimble for its size. 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 high performance Hamaguri (convex) grind for a long lasting, precision cutting edge along with his non-reflective disruptive acid finish. The canvas Micarta handle is hand contoured, carved and set on the substantial full tang. Expertly placed jimping on the spine provides extra traction for the thumb while Kikuo’s unique lanyard setup ensures extra retention in hand.
Accompanied by hand fitted Kydex sheath with Tek-Lok belt clip.

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