Product Description for DB
Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 90390
Blade length: 4.25 in.
Total length: 9.13 in.
Blade width: 1.50 in.
Blade thickness: 0.25 in.
Item weight: 9.30 oz.
Shipment weight: 12.5 oz.
Blade: Hamaguri-ba D2 semi-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 Kiku 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 grinding technique from his father. Kiku's skill at the grinder has become legendary.
Darryl Bolke is a retired Senior Police Corporal from a very active department in Southern California. He was a Firearms Instructor and Armorer for their SWAT Team for 17 years. He is very active in edged weapons use and training for law enforcement officers and has trained with some of the finest edged-weapons experts in the world. In the early 90’s he collaborated with Strider Knives in producing the “DB” model as a first of its kind - a small, very thick, fixed blade knife for law enforcement. This knife and style have evolved over the years and currently carries a NSN number and is issued to many military and law enforcement teams. He also wrote a nationally recognized edged weapons program for his agency and collaborated with Emerson Knives in adapting their P-Sark folding knife for law enforcement usage. It became one of the first knives ever issued to every officer within a larger police agency along with specialized training.
The Kiku DB carries over many design features that Darryl Bolke deems a must-have for a knife built to withstand the needs of an armed professional. The reinforced tip has a slightly sharp clip which transitions to a flat-ground swedge. The primary bevel is done in Kiku's signature-style Hamaguri-ba (convex) grind. The jimping on the thumb ramp provides a stable platform to guide the cutting edge. The elongated choil ensures the hand will not slip onto the blade in a variety of grips. The pommel terminates in a slightly rounded point for use as a striking implement. Jimping around the pommel gives the thumb an extra added bit of traction when used in an icepick grip style. The lanyard hole gives the user the option to add an extra bit of security. Whether gripped edge-in or -out, the DB's design makes it an effective tool no matter how it is grasped when a fraction of a second can mean the difference between life and death. In the tough, compact knife category this is one edged tool to rule them all.
Accompanied by a Kydex sheath.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days