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STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

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Miami Watch Company brings the traditions of Japanese blade forging to the modern era with our Katana Collection, a collection dedicated to the craftsman of yesterday, made for the craftsman of today. We take inspiration from these “Heavenly Blades,” forging our watches from artesian Damascus steel, and matching them to the best blades that can be made. For the love of food, artistry, and style, MWC presents the Katana Knife & Watch Collection. (日本刀).

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

The forging of a Japanese blade is a sacred art, involving dozens of craftsmen carrying out millennia-old tradition. Today, that heritage lives on in modern Japanese blade-making, renowned across the world by chefs who insist on world-class cutlery. Notable among these blades is the prized “Damascus” steel, made after a laborious process of folding, heating, and hammering the steel upon itself thousands of times. This serves to remove impurities from the steel and results in a unique, mysterious blade.

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

This is the 4th crowdfunding campaign by Miami Watch Company (MWC). MWC is a watch manufacturing company based out of South Florida, which also owns and operates Stranger Watch Company and Amir Watches. The Katana Collection is a 4-model series named in homage to the Tenka-Goken, or the “Heavenly Samurai Swords”: Dojigiri (童子切), Onimaru (鬼丸), Mikazuki (三日月), Juzumaru (数珠丸).

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

Each model features top components such as: 

  • Self-winding automatic 8N24 skeleton movement
  • 316L grade surgical steel case
  • Blade-grade Damascus steel bezel
  • Domed Sapphire Crystal glass with Anti-reflective coating
  • Custom rubber strap with embossed lines and Deployant Buckle

The 8N24 movement uses 21 jewels and operates at 21,600 vph and has a 42-hour power reserve.

The Katana watch measures 45mm wide, 13.4mm thick, and 50.4mm lug-to-lug. Below are some diagrams to show the case dimensions.

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

The Katana watch measures 45mm wide, 13.4mm thick, and 50.4mm lug-to-lug. The above diagrams show the case dimensions on the watch.

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

The set also comes with a Katana blade made of 77 layers of hand forged Damascus Steel. It has a G10 organic handle, which is essential for proper knife handle functioning. G10 is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate, a sort of composite material.

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

STRNGR Katana Knife & Watch Collection Watch Releases

The Katana IndieGoGo Campaign is live and features attractive perks, especially for the Super and Early Bird Specials at $190 per set for the watch and the chef knife (80% Off MSRP, estimated at $1,000). 

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  • SuperStrapper

    I’m chewing on this one. I think I like the idea here but there are a few elements that irk me.

    This blade is not a katana. Fine, it’s a catchy word with a lot of cache and exposure and evokes images of aggressive samurai types. Let’s let it slide because marketing. But they could have at least chosen an actual traditional Japanese blade type: this is a western style blade design with eastern accents and flourishes. A deba is versatile kitchen knife, and a usuba or nikiri would have not only looked cooler in the presentation but both are very useful in the kitchen. The images in this article show slicing fish, which a real chef would use an ai-deba or yanagiba, etc for that work, and then chopping a pepper, work for that usuba or nikiri. That this is lazily being marketed to the masses who wont know or care about such things doesn’t bother me, but making it seem authentic smells.
    G10 is a cool material but pairing with the word organic is questionable. Neither shape nor material are organic.
    How can you sell the knife and watch for $200. I immediately assumed this would be a more expensive venture, a real and properly hand forged and finished damascus blade in a grade of steel acceptable for such an item alone couldn’t be made for that price, and you’ve got the watch there too. Questionable.
    A handle of that type is not essential. That’s bad advice. A knife should be comfortable in the hand and be sharp. Traditionally it would have been a dowel handle in a mild wood that would take shape to the users hand over time, not be an unyielding synthetic material in a geometric shape. Just talk about what your selling, no need to storytell.

    To be clear, I’m a fan of fusion in this way. I had custom kitchen knives made years ago and went all over the map: mostly western style blade shapes and handles, with steel techniques and finishing that is decidedly eastern. I chose vg-10 for the blades cores and that option alone was dearly priced. The rosewood laminate handles are warm and comfortable. I dont know what they are (other than mine) but I know that despite the Smith that made them being there, they arent Japanese.

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    • Gokart Mozart

      They are some really nice knives.

    • LetoAtreides69

      Nice knives. Somehow not surprised by your previous comments you’re into knives. I also have a nice collection.. but agree completely with your verdict. Damascus doesn’t mean anything on its own, its relevant only to the pattern of the laminated steel. I’m really only interested in the type of steel in the blade (japanese white for me please). All my knives cost a minimum as much as this set individually, not sure how one makes a watch on top of a hand forged knife.

      • SuperStrapper

        I do like knives, but I dont collect them. They are utility to me, but that doesnt mean they have to be cheap or ugly. Steel is important, I always (*when possible – see below) understand the steel used in any knife I buy. There are “good” steels out there that just dont work in knives. No bite, and no good ability to hold an edge. I polish my kitchen knives to 6500 so you need a steel that’s worth that level of time and effort. This is why I so specifically chose vg-10 cores for my kitchen knives.

        I spend a lot of time on the river too, and my m-16 while nothing fancy or expensive has never let me down (I’ve never been stupid with it, but it’s never been babied) and the aus-8 (440c equivilent) steel offers a lot of value considering the build and cost of the knife. It’s never once has a rust speckle and while it could hold an edge better over time, considering I use it to trim wood and cut ropes, etc, I have no complaints.

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        On the belt is my grohmann #4. Canadian blade design and all made here, little known outfit that has been making great knives for many years, and mine is in quite nice German 4110 steel. It’s a serious billet too, I even use it for mild batoning (the gut hook precludes heavy batoning, but I also carry a hatchet).

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        And then I have steel I love where I have no idea what it is. My leather splitter is an Osborne from the late 1800s (has some original japanning on it) and despite its antique status, is made of some kind of incredible steel. When I sharpen it I can split good leather into basically a 2 dimensional sample (just ask Mark Carson). Its actually a bit scary how sharp I can get it.

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  • anonymous

    “But that’s not all! You also get this handy steak knife!”

  • Raymond Wilkie

    A knife in a watch case in Miami,…Are you serious!
    The Copping knife you have in your presentation box is not cutlery.
    As someone who worked with knifes for 35+ years. out of all the fancy brands out there the best and most practical knifes I ever worked with were Victorinox.
    I had to laugh, when I watched Kill bill Vol 2 when the bride (Uma Thurman) flew all the way to Japan to buy a Hattori Hanz? sword. A sword forged in the fire of a dragons breath. A sword that was made from the left overs of thors hammer. Only 4 know to exist. Their was a moment of tension when she mentioned his name..
    ” No problem darling, I can have in ready in 4 weeks “, came the reply …. It lost its mystique right their.

    Back to the watch. I totally get that you want to sell it after going to all the effort to produce it and getting it to market and having to find an angle for it to stand out among a very competitive watch world but your spiel is just silly coming out with things like ” dedicated to the craftsman of yesterday, made for the craftsman of today ” Everyone plays safe these days and when their is real money involved one doesn’t wonder why but try to adopt a mindset of leader rather than follower.

    Good luck.

  • Gokart Mozart

    The fact that Kickstarters are use to raise funds suggest an 80% discount that either they are making no money on this watch or it is way overpriced especially with a Damascus steel watch.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Wow, this is the funniest thing I have read in awhile.
    My collegues have already pointed out how comical the “Katana” knife is.
    My favorite is the “77 layers of HAND forged Damascus steel”
    You paid somebody to “hand forge” this knife, and sell it for $190….. WITH a watch ??? (An ugly watch)
    Brought to you by the same people that produced the Armin Nomadic Empire watch.
    This set will be sold for $19.95 on late night TV.

  • ncgh

    “Damascus steel”. Last I checked Damascus and Japan are very far apart and never historically interacted. They are very different steel making traditions.

  • SuperStrapper

    Flat. In the kitchen anyway.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    I thought it would be bigger

  • Dénes Albert

    It was here that I first read about Sinn’s Damascus steel watch, from a company that takes its steel and reputation very seriously. That watch costs north of $7,000. While I fully appreciate the business reason for your “sponsored posts”, this is probably the most obnoxious one for all the reasons already described by others. These guys from Miami Watch Company don’t even have the decency to outright state that the watch has a Miyota movement, going instead with 8N24, that means nothing to the uninitiated. I should say I wish them good luck, but I would be lying.

  • Gokart Mozart

    45mm already way to big, it what you do with it that counts, which is why 36-40 is a sweet spot.

  • Canuck Steve

    Yes, but will your blade KEAL?

  • Gordonson

    Real missed opportunity to make the hands more blade like.

  • Ayreonaut

    I came down here to the comments looking for this.

  • Ulysses31

    The knife looks cool, but with all those pits, I wonder how easy it is to keep hygienically clean.