HIGO X-IW-ZDP HONZUKURI is a Rockstead knife flagship model among all HIGO series. Name - "HIGO" is a name (肥後国- Higo no Kuni) for an old province in the area that is today Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu island in Japan.
The perfectly mirror-polished ZDP-189 convexed zero-grind blade has a gradually reducing-edge angle (30 degrees near the haft and 24 degrees at the tip). Blade hardness is up to an astounding ~66+ HRC.
Rockstead HIGO X blades has a status - Honzukuri (本造り) . This word is a unique term from traditional Japanese swordsmithing. It means "Examine the raw materials and ingredients, and take the time to make the Katana properly."
Extremely high hardness, convex zero-grind with mirror finish age, and variable edge angle give the knife an unbelievable cutting ability. Higo can easily cut Manila rope 1,000 times (confirmed by actual tests) and still slices cleanly through paper. The opening (close) knife action is super smooth with a good, solid click sound. Handle made from 420 stainless steel frame with Ironwood plate.
Each HIGO-X comes with a leather belt pouch with a Torx wrench slot. Also, each knife is individually numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity with a complete knife specifications datasheet and warranty letter.
All Rockstead Knife is packed in an individually handmade Paulownia wood box and with a warranty that includes a free sharpening (Only shipping charges to and from Japan are on Customers) and a certificate of authenticity with a total knife specification data.
A wooden paulownia box has a high anti-corrosive effect.