Product Description for Backup Zero
Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93105
Blade length: 5.00 in.
Total length: 9.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.62 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.19 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.12 in.
Item weight: 10.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 11.8 oz.
Blade: Hamaguri-ba and hollow ground OU-31 stain resistant tool steel with a non-reflective disruptive acid finish
Handle: Carved OD green canvas Micarta with retaining paracord
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. His father runs a small workshop in Seki, grinding blades for production knife makers. Kikuo joined his father's business at the age of 15 and learned the grinding technique from his father. Over the years Kikuo's skill at the grinder has become legendary. He is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fishing, hiking, and travel.
The Backup Zero is a full size design aimed at everyday utility. The Backup is among Kikuo's most popular models. The blade is made from Kikuo’s personal favorite, OU-31 stain resistant tool steel, and features his hamaguri-ba (convex) grind at the tip with a hollow grind below the belly and a false edge along the top. The OU-31 semi-stainless tool steel blade will have 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 handle scales are made from OD green canvas Micarta he carved for traction and comfort while carrying or using. Expertly placed jimping on the spine provides extra traction for the thumb while Kikuo’s unique paracord lanyard setup ensures extra retention in hand. A reliable companion to depend on in any adventure!
Accompanied by a kydex sheath with Tek-Lok belt clip.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days