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The Japanese ZDP-189 is one of the world's hardest blade steel types. With its hardness of 65-70 HRC, it is almost matchless. However, its excellent edge retention comes with a certain brittleness.


Zirconium is a metal used to make high-quality knife handles. It derives its name from the mineral known as zircon, the main raw material source for this metal.

Ziricote Wood

Ziricote is the common name for Cordia dodecandra, a type of fine wood often used to make exclusive handle scales for knives. It has a rich dark brown color laced with fine black veins.


Zytel is a modern composite material characterized by its hardness and resistance against external. In the knife industry, it is used to make handle scales.