Kiku Folder / KU-1012

Hardcased Black TiNi / Tanto / Straight

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An official production collaboration between SOG and Kiku Matsuda, The Kiku Folder is the first folding knife designed the renowned Japanese knife maker.

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Finish Hardcased Black TiNi
Blade Shape Tanto
Edge Type Straight
Blade Steel Type AUS-8
Hardness Rc. 56-58
Product Weight 7.00 oz
Blade Length 4.6"
Blade Thickness 0.16"
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Building upon SOG’s long tradition of honoring Japanese knife makers, SOG and Kiku Matsuda, one of the most famous blade grinders in Japan, collaborated to produce this line of Kiku Folders. After decades of experience in blade grinding and making fixed blade knives, Matsuda, with the production assistance from SOG, designed and created his first folding knife. As one of the foremost tactical knife designers in Japan, Matsuda and SOG have won awards on collaborations before with the SOG Kiku Fixed Blade. The elegant linen micarta handle is rugged and easy to clean, while the AUS-8 stainless steel blade is set up for years of reliable service.

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Product Weight 7.00 oz Blade Length 4.6"
Blade Thickness 0.16" UPC 7-29857-99971-7
Country of Origin Taiwan Locking Mechanism Linerlock
Belt Clip Type Reversible Low-Carry Engravable Yes
Finish Hardcased Black TiNi Edge Type Straight
Blade Steel Type AUS-8 Blade Shape Tanto
Handle Material Linen Micarta Handle Color Green
Hardness Rc. 56-58    

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Kiku Folder is rated 4.5556 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from POOR QUALITY & DESIGN The thumb stud on this knife is not the same size on both sides of the blade. More importantly the extra metal installed for the liner-lock holds the blade with its thumb stud too much to the right not permitting the proper purchase for left handed individuals. Believe it or not, 1/16" difference makes a big difference in being able to single-handedly open this knife. As I am left handed it is a decided disadvantage. This is either a 'one-off', or it is poor quality control. Considering the cost of this knife I expect more. This was my first SOG knife - and it may be my last. Say what you want about the American worker; but, all my American made and designed knives are far better than this.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Great knife. I field dressed a deer, skinned it, and took my meat with out having to put a stone to it! did what i needed it to. i did this in the pouring rain, so i was pretty impressed with the grip as well. also blood cleaned off of the grip super easy kinda had my doubts due to the material but it surprised me.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kiku folder 4.6" hi folks, I realy love my kiku.......but I would make the blade opening stud much larger, and the pocket clip a 1/2" longer. but, it is my new every day carry. thanks.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny! I have had this knife for under a year and it is my absolute favourite, hands down. It has my Fat Cat in tears, it's that awesome. First of all, there's the grip - it conforms so well to the hand, and while it might seem to heft a bit, it is amazingly light and manoeuvrable. The Edge is very good and it won't dull easily. It feels like a fixed blade, but folds up nicely as an EDC or as your go-to when out in the field. I wouldn't change anything about, it opens with just a flick of the wrist, super-smooth. Nice lines, super-hero knife, to boot. Stands on its own against more expensive brands.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well balanced, fits the hand. I bought this as my every day carry knife. On the rare occasion that anyone else sees it, they are impressed and somewhat intimidated.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent knife, high quality High quality steel, very sharp, holds an edge. Smooth action to open and close. Well contoured handles, easy to grip.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I received my Kiku Folder Large, yesterday. Great impression either on the blade and the grip. Some say to be really tactical it should have been shaped the aluminum following the Micarta shape and that's true. It's a minor flaw anyway, because it fits naturally in the hand so the grip is solid (event though a little bit of help in the upper part would have been appreciated). Anyway...a wonderful knife. The main flaw is...I hand to buy it online...because SOG make no international I've lost the engraving I really wanted to have.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! This new folder from SOG is totally bada** - it should be the new flag ship folder in their line-up. Outstanding blade and design for self-defense use! Hard use folder, that won't fail you - period!
Date published: 2014-07-17
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