$100 Rockstead Knives? Available Now? In Bulk? OMFG!!!

Image courtesy Rockstead Knives

An Actual Rockstead, from rockstead.jp

As the proprietor of a blog with the word ‘knives’ in its title, I get more than my fair share of direct-email solicitations to buy edged garbage. Mass-produced Pakistani ‘Damascus’ knives, from multiple nameless factories in the same city? Done that. Personalized letters from Chinese factory export managers, offering to sell me brands which are only actually produced in the US? Been there.

But a particularly audacious email hit my inbox today, urging me to go to ‘Aliexpress.com’ and make a large purchase of Japanese-made Rockstead folders for just $100 each.

Rockstead folders for $100 each? Available for immediate shipment? In quantity? This instantly piqued my interest and my suspicions.

By Rockstead they couldn’t possibly mean ‘Rockstead,’ the folding holy grail of all that is sharp and shiny? The scalpel-sharp blades with RHCs in the mid-60s, so rare and desirable that collectors will pay $2000 and wait in line for six months to buy one used?

Image courtesy Aliexpress.com

Not An Actual Rockstead, from Aliexpress.com

Some Internet sleuthing quickly pointed me toward the truth. Aliexpress is an online marketplace for Chinese merchandise, much of it reputedly counterfiet, with a spotty reputation for actually delivering the goods ordered.

More Google-Fu and a visit to the real Rockstead website confirmed that genuine Rockstead knives are incredibly expensive, exclusive, and rare. When the Japanese manufacturer apologizes in advance for ridiculous wait times, how could a Chinese warehouse have hundreds of them on hand for immediate delivery at The Mother Of All Discounts, 95% off?

Which still leaves me very puzzled: even if these counterfeit knives turn out to be solidly made from well-hardened D2 tool steel, what knife guy would be such a thrill-seeker that he’d be willing to risk the contents of his debit card for a no-recourse international purchase from a vendor of ill repute?

Not any of us, I’d hope. Caveat Emptor, my friends.



  1. Matt in FL says:

    Those are some handsome knives, to be sure.

    What is the significance of the slot/hole in the blade? Is that just Rockstead’s thing, or does it also have some sort of potential use?

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      For $2000, I’m unlikely to ever learn the answer firsthand.

      1. Matt in FL says:

        Yeah, same here. I just thought maybe you had read it somewhere in the past, because I poked around their website for a while, but the English translation isn’t great, and even if it was, the website navigation is pretty wonky. I ran into several dead links as I looked around.

        1. Sinkon says:

          i guess its a lanyard hole

  2. Sam L. says:

    So, there’s at least one really good copy of the real thing, or a picture of the real thing (I’m guessing) at this website.

  3. Nathan says:

    I’m hoping my name gets pulled for the Knife Rights giveaway and the Rockstead is still available

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I’m hoping you win it too! And then, of course, review it…

  4. RLC2 says:

    Nice review – followed the link here from TTAG.
    You guys are on fire here!!! Massive content creation- great work!

    Still waiting on CA knife law review—- very useful for those of us in So Cal waiting on CCW where Sheriffs in May Issue counties are taking the liberal line = none for us plebes unless we are connected or contributors to the re-election campaign…

    So, whats “the best, CA legal CCW knife for EDC” would be a VERY useful review….

    1. jwm says:

      I carry a Kershaw assisted opener. I can have the 3 stooges fingers on my left hand jammed into his eye sockets while I’m deploying my knife with my right.

  5. Daniel says:

    To my shame, I did hastily click on the link to this article hoping to blow a week’s salary on several rocksteads. I know the company by reputation alone but I do find it funny that their site description in Google Search comes up as “Rockstead Knifes.”

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I think the original translation is “All your base are belong to us.”

  6. NavyRetGold says:

    Sadly, I do not own one of these holy grails. Like you, I saw the knock-offs for sale on aliexpress and wondered if it would be worth throwing away $50-$100 on a cheap imitation. I didn’t do it, but I did throw some pocket change down for a few semi-original Enlan’s and Ganzo’s. For the most part, I was happy with what I received. While there were issues, the Chinese folders have stepped up quite a bit in quality in the last few years. I would like to see a separate category on TTAK reviewing the Chinese folders, but I’m not holding my breath…

  7. Jim Kerins says:

    I bought one for $20 shipped. A great knife. Better than some I’ve paid 3 times the price for. However not a Rockstead, but not a bad knife.
    Is a genuine blade worth the extra $800 or so?
    I’ll let you know some time this year, I hope.

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