Lynnwood, WA. –-(Ammoland.com)- SOG Specialty Knives and Tools, in partnership with legendary Japanese knife maker Kiku Matsuda, have released a series of custom fixed and folder knives, called The Kiku.
This first-ever production series of knives from Matsuda showcase his unique grinds, which are well known in knife industry.
With thirty-four years of experience in blade grinding, Matsuda is a fifth generation Japanese knife grinder. His samurai ancestors, dating back 400 years, fought in Sekigahara battle.
Known to have a “magic hand” in grinding and polishing blades, in any angle and direction, Matsuda is unlike the average knife grinders in that he uses a side flat area of the power wheel as his canvas to create 3D grindings, concave, hollow, flat, Hamaguri (convex), twist, double and triple grindings in a free hand.
The Kiku Fixed Series, a rugged and elegant fixed blade, available in either a 4.9-inch or 5.6-inch straight edged clip point AUS-8 stainless steel blade in satin polished or black TiNi finish. The handle is linen micarta with full tang construction and includes a Kydex sheath with a removable belt clip for easy access as it’s attached to your gear. The overall lengths are 9.76-inches with a weight of 8.5-ounces (for the Small Fixed Kiku) or 11.2-inches and weighs 11.2-ounces (for the Large Fixed Kiku).
Kiku Folder Series is available in a 3.5-inch or 4.6-inch straight edged clip point AUS-8 stainless steel blade in a series of finishes. The handle is a linen micarta with a liner lock construction and a low-carry pocket clip for easy concealment. With an overall length of the small folder is 7.9-inches with a weight of 4.2 ounces, and the large folder is 9.4 inches and a weight of 7 ounces, this is the first-ever folding knife from Matsuda.
Matsuda’s knives are among the sharpest in the world. The blade durability, edge sharpness and longer edge retention is not only for the steel character, but also for Matsuda’s special Hamaguri-Ba (Japanese Convex edge famous for Katana) grinding. He uses a special art etching process on each blade for a non-glare finish, corrosion resistance and blade surface protection.
“It’s been an honor to work with Kiku [Matsuda], and it’s a privilege to know that we are able to offer our customers a custom knife from one of the worlds most respected knife makers, but comfort in knowing they have a strong and reliable tool,” stated SOG Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nando Zucchi.
“You will be amazed with the outstanding blade grinding and cutting performance of the Kiku Knives. We take pride in delivering top-quality products while meeting the needs of individuals who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms.”
Taking its name from an elite Special Forces military group from the Vietnam era – the Studies and Observation Group – SOG was founded in 1986 by designer and toolmaker Spencer Frazer. SOG has gone on to produce the favorite models of specialty knives and tools used by the military, law enforcement, industrial tradesmen and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. SOG’s diverse range of award-winning knives and tools are sold worldwide. For more information, visit www.sogknives.com.