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Collection: ZDP-189 blade steel

ZDP-189 is a Japanese made high carbon, high chromium stainless steel made by the Hitachi Company.

Whilst high Chromium content normally indicates high corrosion resistance this steel sees nearly all the Chromium combining with the Carbon to enhance hardness and forming wear resistant particles with limited Chromium left to enhance corrosion resistance.  ZDP-189 runs at HRC 64 to HRC 68 which is extremely hard.  ZDP-189 has excellent cutting characteristics and excellent edge retention properties whilst sharpening is less of an issue with chromium carbides than with the notorious difficulties of sharpening some vanadium carbide knife blades. Simple and regular blade care assists the inherent lower corrosion resistance in this steel.  Chromium carbides ensure a harder, more wear resistant knife blade.

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  • Delica® 4 FRN Folding Pocket Knives
    Delica 4 Black Folding Knife
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  • Dragonfly 2 FRN British Racing Green ZDP-189
    Dragonfly 2 British Racing Green ZDP-189
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  • Ladybug™ 3 FRN British Racing Green ZDP-189
    Ladybug ZDP-189 British Racing Green
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