Summary: custom "Kogai" made by Dawson Knives. Why custom? Standard Kogai blades are 5" long and made from 3/16" stock, this knife has a 4" blade and is made from 1/4" stock!! Rock solid in hand... and it's wicked sharp. The handle is simple awesome... custom wrap over Stingray skin with inlay. Previously owned but unused, mint condition.

The original kydex sheath with neck chain comes with the knife, no sign of wear and also in mint condition.

8 photos for review – this Kogai model can be found on the Dawson website and prices start at $345! The handle is simply awesome, talk about a boatload of knife for the money. You can't go wrong with this one, perfect for EDC or collection purposes. Priced to sell – thanks and good luck.

From the maker:

Heavy-duty 3/16" 5160 high carbon alloy steel
Heat treated in-house for maximum toughness, durability and edge-holding capability
Intricate interlocking-wrap handle is treated to resist grime and everyday wear
Genuine Stingray skin beneath wrap is available in a variety of colors
All-weather Kydex© sheath designed for crossdraw, vertical or upright carry
Lifetime free refurbish and resharpen included
Protected by Dawson Knives' Common Sense Guarantee

Description: Patterned after the short tantos the Japanese Samurai traditionally carried as a companion blade to their Katanas, Barry's Kogai (pronounced Koh-guy) is designed to serve you well not only as a compact and versatile fighter but as an all around field knife as well. Streamlined and efficient, the blade has a top bevel for balance and easy penetration, and is hollow ground to a razor fineness on the edge. The Kogai features Barry's Japanese Interlocking Wrap handle, underlaid with genuine Stingray skin.

About the Dawson hamon or "hardline": This tempering method was developed and perfected by Barry over many years, based on traditional Japanese heat-treating methods as well as the utilization of modern tools, technological advancements and more than 40 years of knifemaking experience. It produces a very hard cutting edge, (visible on the darker "hardline") with a softer back (the lighter area along the spine of the blade) to absorb shock and resist chipping or breaking.