RealSteel - Ippon
|Blade Steel||Bohler N690|
|Blade Length||94 mm / 3.7"|
|Open Knife Length||199mm / 7.83"|
|Weight||91 g / 3.21oz|
|Blade Thickness||2.6 mm / 0.10"|
Based on the quintessential designs of Japanese knives the Ippon is an emulation of Western knife structure and Eastern knife aesthetics. The Ippon is translated literally into English as ‘One Point’, the highest point a fighter can achieve in Japanese martial arts. This knife is to be the first Realsteel has collaborated with knife industry veteran Chad Los Banos, who’s special understanding of Asian culture brought the ideal of ‘One Point’ and Asian design ethics to the drawing board. Utilizing what is to become RSKs standard material, the pristine FFG N690 blade provides and hair plittingly precise cut.
The knife has been designed as a front flipper having a visually striking and somewhat seldom seen flipper tab arising from the head. A block backspacer was intentionally left out, instead being replaced with a ‘bird cage’ column structure that maximizes safety preventing the risk of damage to the blade when closing and also creating a strong and sturdy structure.
The handles are fitted with three precision machined finishes of which two are G10 and one Carbon Fiber. Impeccable straight lines have been machined out of the material adding to the traditional Asian feel. This knife like many others offers a great amount of leeway of choice in finish.