The Knives and Stones Sukenari ZDP-189 line is truely a beauty by the look, beast by the performance. The core steel is the most advanced powdered steel that Hitachi offers: the ZDP-189, reaching an unmatched hardness of HRC 65 to 67. This is achieved by over 3% of Carbon content in the steel (White 2 has about 1%, Blue 1 has about 1.25%, that tells you something) meaning the Sukenari ZDP-189 will offer insance edge retention and sharpness. Yet it is a stainless steel because of the added Chromium. Overall, the ZDP-189 has very similar composition to the Cowry-X steel from Daido.
The ZDP-189 Hairline blade offers similar performance to the Damascus version, with simpler design it also significantly reduces the cost.
In order to match the high level fit and finish of the blade, we decided to throw in our K&S custom handles: the ebony, black horn ferrule with nickel-silver spacer handle is a standard among all the K&S Sukenari line.
Tip to Heel Length
Blade Height at Heel
Width of Spine Above Heel
Width of Spine at Middle of Blade
Width of Spine at about 1cm From the Tip
|ZDP-189 Powdered Stainless Steel Core
|K&S ebony handle with options