Hanzo Tsukamaki is the highest level you can go. Representing the pinnacle of what we produce in Tsukamaki handles, the Hanzo line is exhibition grade with the highest possible level of fit and finish we can muster. Within the Hanzo Tsukamaki line you will find our range of practical EDC Defensive knives that have been elevated to levels Hattori Hanzo himself would be proud to own, as well as traditional Japanese blades.
Hanzo Tsukamaki knives are however rare and expensive. These knives take upwards of a month or more to produce and as a result of that they are rarely available for sale, and are usually custom commissions. The Hanzo line see’s blades produced in our usual house steel 80Crv2, as well as W2 for Hamon blades. We also produce these knives from Damascus, Aogami and other rare and exotic steels. Finishes range from mirror bluing to hadori polishing and pattern reveals.
Handle materials are generally exotic and of the finest quality. We execute highly technical handle from a variety of materials, including metals like brass, copper and shibuichi, and fitting materials ranging from horn, bone, and mammoth ivory, up to Damascus, and highly complex supernova titanium. We do our utmost to ensure every Hanzo we produce is unique, highly considered and finished to exacting standards.
The Ratón is one of our newest blades, and although it’s only been around for a short time it is already becoming a fast favourite. The Asymmetric dagger design takes its name from one of Spain’s most feared fighting bulls. Due to the elegant horn-line curve of the blade which evokes an immediate connection to the famed beast. Raton (the bull) is one of the few fighting bulls to ever die of old age because of his fame. In his lifetime he took the lives of 2 matadors and gored at least 30 people during the annual run’s in Pamplona. A fearsome reputation and moniker for this blade to live up to.
The Ratón is free hand ground in a double edge configuration, with a hybrid style flat/convex grind that ensures the tip of the blade stays robust and capable of piercing even tougher materials. The niner Pikal edge is flat ground to produce a sharper edge for cutting, while the spine edge is convex ground, and while sharp, it ensures the blade doesn’t taper too thinly across its length. This unique and elegant curved blade is deceptively quick, and finds its way into nooks and crevices with ease, with a point that simple encourages penetration. The handle is kept neutral, but still gives ample retention and feedback to the user.
This Hanzo Raton has a mirror polished and traditionally blued blade, resulting in a black mirror effect. Photo’s simply don’t do this finish justice. The Tsukamaki handle is also one of our most technically demanding. Built on a polished brass liner, the fittings are crafted from Titanium and given our Supernova treatment, resulting in a fitting with a unique multi colour, multi layered appearance. The large node samegawa is antique lacquered and the handle is completed with brown leather tsukaito. Tsukamaki is of course done to the highest standard. Tightly wrapped in the traditional methods using hishigami. it is not coated in lacquer or resin, but don’t let this deter you. These wraps are as intended on Japanese Swords and won’t loosen if cared for properly.
This knife if finished with a Tier 1 style Kydex Sheath and can be fitted out with Soft Loop or DCC HLR Clip mounts as desired if the owner wants to carry it.
This Hanzo Ratón is a rare and elegant knife that is both formidable and great looking with a form that echos its brutality. This is also a rare piece because it is the first Hanzo we have made publicly available.