Rockstead Knowledge Thread

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by bladeninja, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I always said that if I got a Rockstead it'd get reground...and if it got reground I'd polish it back side down:D

  2. MindMike


    Feb 22, 2020
    Great job! Looks amazing.
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  3. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
  4. "Havoc"

    "Havoc" Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016

    That looks Damn Nice! That one has to be an amazing slicer now with that hollow grind. Man I wish Rockstead offered the Higo II in a Hollow grind variant. I’m Jealous, enjoy :thumbsup:;)
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  5. "Havoc"

    "Havoc" Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I picked up a SHU a few weeks ago and I must say, The button lock design Rockstead uses is superior to any other button lock out there. So good this feel like a frame lock! Ergos on this SHU are amazing too, the finger choil is a real one, so plenty of room for your index finger. Really enjoying this one due to blade size and weight too. If you click or double click on the pic, it will open a higher resolution option for more detail.

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  6. jdmvette


    Dec 20, 2019
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  7. ditchdoc


    Mar 15, 2009
    How do you repair scuffs and minor scratches On the zdp mirror finish? I would like to get my Shin back to perfect.

    I emailed Rockstead and they said they will fully restore the polish, I replied with a request for estimate.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2021
  8. 71cuda


    Jan 20, 2006
    My god, this thread is stuffed full of complete and utter losers. I get it, you don't like Rockstead. So stay the F*ck out of the thread and let OWNERS discuss the value, function, and maintenance of the knives. This is like going onto the Fox News website and seeing a bunch of liberal losers hang around to bash Republicans. Get a f*cking life.
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  9. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    :rolleyes:...that's funny, I thought that's what us Rockstead owners had been doing.

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  10. Chefget

    Chefget Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 1998
    Angry much after the election? :mad::mad::rolleyes:
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  11. Dickreef


    May 1, 2009
    Hey guys,
    Rockstead noob here.

    I've just recently acquired a cord-wrapped Chou that I love but would like to buy scales for.

    My inquiry with Rockstead was met with the following message:

    "Thank you for your inquiry.

    I can sell Ironwood handle parts for CHOU.

    It cost is €100 [around 115$] that include the shipping fee. (EMS)
    And, you can pay it by Paypal.
    My Paypal address is [...].

    If you are OK, please let me know.

    Sincerely yours"​

    My question here: Isn't that a little steep for a pair of scales?
    And: Do you know any other source where I can get those?

    Thanks, guys!
  12. No, that's about right for a set of handmade wood scales. Lots of scale makers charge that much for micarta. Hinderer charges $100 for one micarta scale for the XM18.
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  13. J85909266


    Jun 6, 2005
    I would go as far as to say that that price is much lower than I would have expected.
  14. Dickreef


    May 1, 2009
    Thanks, guys!
  15. Berengir

    Berengir Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    Quick question:
    This is the third Rockstead I bought new, and the second one in DLC.
    The edge shows some chipping (?) off the DLC.
    Is this normal for a completely new Rockstead?
    It's not as sharp as the Higo (ZDP) and Chi (DLC YXR7) I had.

    I can't inspect the Chi's DLC edge, as I sold that knife.

    The seller is a shop, and claims that the knife is brand new.
    I got quite a good deal on it (1.2 instead of 1.7-1.8), but unsure if I should keep it or not.

    European law lets me return the knife within two weeks of purchase, so no problems in sending it back.
  16. armin68


    Dec 19, 2020
    Hi. I would return it.
  17. jdmvette


    Dec 20, 2019
    I agree, if it's new it should be flawless...send it back
  18. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    Reading through the last number of pages is sobering. Rockstead seems either clueless or simply doesn't care. They'd rather stalk online forums looking for secondary sales than engaging the community and evolving as a brand.

    As an aside, I've read repeatedly how Rockstead wouldn't care about losing out on potential buyers as their market is for people that wouldn't bat an eye at throwing $3k on a knife. They've done a good job of showing it. I'm a part of many enthusiasts that have no qualms spending in the $700-1400 range and care what we get in return for our hard earned money. Rockstead is among the brands I will not be purchasing due to the lack of quality control and poor warranty.
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  19. Berengir

    Berengir Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    Well, one of the good things about the Rockstead Registration: I just asked them if the knife was new, it wasn't...
    The shop probably bought it from someone to sell it on.

    I've sent it back and should be getting my money back.

    Looking at a Sai now... :D
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  20. capnsutton


    Feb 23, 2009
    This is the bottom line. If you purchase on the secondary market, and wish to have the blade re-ground, you ill be charged a fee. This knife can stay very sharp for years if stropped after hard use. There are even directions how to make a great stop using jeans cloth, thumbtacks, and a piece of wood with diamond polish.
    I have three Rockstead's and use them regularly, but haven't had to send it to Japan yet. It's a phenomenal knife in all aspects. The Kei fixed blade rides nice on the belt, the Shu has a pocket clip but I had a belt sheath custom made for it, and the Hizen is the daily carry in the office and discrete pocket carry.
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