Kwaiken with Black Wrap and Titanium Menuki

Product Description for Kwaiken with Black Wrap and Titanium Menuki

Maker: Ben Tendick (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $575.00
Item num: 99847
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.10 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.90 in.
Total length: 8.20 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.30 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.19 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 6.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.2 oz.
Blade: Acid washed CPM-3V carbon steel
Handle: Epoxy hardened black tsuka ito (wrapped handle) with a green anodized titanium menuki
Sheath: Custom Kydex sheath
Description: This one-off tactical Kwaiken was made by Eugene, OR knifemaker Ben Tendick. Ben is a full time knifemaker and started making knives in 2010. He is well known throughout the industry for his Japanese-American hybrid style.
The kwaiken is a "pocket knife" or "sleeve knife" originally carried by the women of the Samurai class in Japan. The word kwaiken translates to "chest knife" or "bosom knife". All wives of Samurai were expected to carry it for self defense as well as for rituals and ceremonies. It later became adopted as part of the Samurai equipment for use during indoor self defense due to katana being too long to swing safely indoors.
The upswept blade is formed from CPM-3V carbon steel. This powdered metallurgical carbon steel provides maximum resistance to breakage and chipping in a high wear-resistant steel. The blade grind is a play on an unokubi (literally translated 'neck of the cormorant') zukuri grind. This traditional Japanese grind uses a false edge to lighten the blade. An acid wash finish prevents light reflection on the blade.
The epoxy hardened wrapping (tsuka ito) features a black underwrap and a green anodized titanium menuki on the left side. The handle feels exceptional in hand, yet allows for comfortable concealed carry.
This tactical utility knife is accompanied by a Tek-lok ready custom Kydex sheath.


Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days