Small, light and seemingly delicate - much like the flowering Cherry Blossom
/səˈkʊərə/ - a flowering Japanese Cherry Tree
The Sakura was conceptualised as a defensive knife for women originally. Designed to be on the smaller side, easier to hold and conceal carry for persons on the smaller side of the scale.
The Sakura is lightweight and small, but no less effective. The Elmax steel its made of produces an extremely tough and robust blade that is well capable of its task. The Sakura is designed to be used in reverse grip and is ergonomically suited to the Pikal methods, but in a pinch can be used in forward grip as well. The point is offset, unlike a traditional pikal blade, and although it can still definitely be used effectively in reverse grip stabs, the offset also allows it to be effective in raking motions.
The Sakura blade is available in two configurations, a standard Single Edge which is adequately sufficient for its task, or Single Edge with a Mune ridge for added penetration without sacrificing the integral strength of the point.
Because of its smaller size the Sakura is quite easy to conceal carry. We would recommend going with a fold over Kydex Sheath to keep the profile low. Each Kydex Sheath is pressed by hand and is unique to each individual knife. The Sakura can also be supplied with a Pocket Sheath for more unconventional carry methods, as well as a Static Line sheath for mounting on different platforms.
The Sakura is finally finished by hand on our Japanese Water Stones to produce a fine, mirror polished edge on the blade, ensuring that it cuts clean.
Steel Options: Elmax / M390
Configuration Options: Single Edge with Mune
Blade Finish Options: Dark Etch / High Polish Patina Etch
Edge Geometry: Flat Grind
Hardness: 58 Hrc
Blade Thickness: ~3.75mm / 0.147 in
Primary Blade Length: 55mm / 2.15 in
Total Length: 135mm / 5.30 in
Total Weight: N/A
Years Produced: 2020 – Present
Please Note: Specifications are approximate. Each blade is finished entirely by hand and minor differences in specifications are to be expected.
- Offset Tip Index.
- Flat Grind create razor sharp edge.
- Single Edge geometry creates naturally reinforced point.
- Small, light and very concealable, even in a pocket.
- Reverse Grip oriented handle.
- Handle Free of Snag Points for Both Access & Stripping Actions
- Easily Concealable for most Small to Large Frame People
- Kydex Sheath offers secure retention and all day comfort.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
All Prices Include Shipping.
Prices range from $300.00 – $800.00 depending on steel, final configuration and finishing, handle specifications and other extras which may be included.
Each piece is priced individually. Please get in touch for a more accurate price estimate and/or to be added onto the Waiting List.
The Custom Sakura, Kydex Sheath, presented in Tengui Wrap with Certificate of Authenticity, Care Instructions.
Custom specifications can be requested via Waiting List.
PRODUCTION NUMBERS BY YEAR:
HANDLE & MOUNTING OPTIONS:
The Sakura is made with a variety of handle configuration and materials.
A complete traditional Japanese Tsukamaki style wrap uses Japanese Silk Ito or leather Ito cord which is wrapped over a layer of colour lacquered Samegawa, traditional sting ray leather used on Japanese swords. The Tsukamaki wrap is executed in a traditional Hineri-Maki pattern before terminating at the end of the handle in traditional termination knots through the Kashira.
The Silk Ito is sealed with clear resin to weather proof and cement it in place and provides a long lasting grip. Leather Ito is sometimes also used, although less common, and is left in its natural state un-coated.
Liner: Copper, Brass or No Liner
Ito: Silk Ito (Black, Brown, Burgundy, Navy, White, Gold or Green) or Leather Ito (Black or Brown)
Samegawa: Natural White, Antiqued, Black or Crimson
Fittings: Carbon Fiber, Black Buffalo Horn, Red/Brown Buffalo Horn, Bone, Brass, Titanium, Shibuichi, or Shakudo
Fittings Finishing: Brushed or Polished. Metal fittings are textured or polished, left natural or patinated. Titanium fittings are textured or polished, and heat anodised.
Accent Pins: Mosaic Pins can be used on fittings.
Synthetic scale handles are also commonly used to complete this model.
Liner: Brass or Copper, or No Liner.
Material: Black G10 or Carbon Fiber.
Texture Pattern: Tsuka Pattern, Tsunami Pattern, Grooved Pattern.
Wood & Burl Scales
?Both local and exotic woods and burls can be used for handle scales. This depends entirely on what is available from suppliers and this list is not exhaustive.
Liner: Brass, Copper or No Liner.
Woods: Purple Heart, African Blackwood, Ebony, Wild Olive, American Walnut.
Burls: Walnut Burl, Rooibos Burl, Japanese Maple Burl.
Pins: Brass, Copper, Brass Tube, Mosaic Pin.
SHEATHS & MOUNTS
The Sakura is completed with one or more of the following Sheath & Mount Options.
Sheath: Full Sheath, Fold Over Sheath, Static Line Sheath
Mounts: Discreet Carry Concepts HLR Clip, Soft Loop Mount (Fold Over Only) or Micro Cord (Static Line).