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    Uses of a Kiridashi


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    Kiridashi roughly translates to "pointed knife" in English. They are a very simple design with a much different edge orientation than most knives and lots of leverage at the edge and tip.

    Kiridashis started off as a traditional Japanese knife often used by school children for cutting paper, sharpening pencils and cutting bamboo for art projects. They are also traditionally used for pruning small trees and bonsai. I use mine for all kinds of tasks!

    Uses of a Kiridashi
    Opening boxes - they have great control at the tip compared to most knives
    Scoring leather or wood- lots more power at the tip and edge than most knives
    cutting cord
    grafting
    seam ripping
    general cutting
    gardening
    splinter removal
    cutting zip ties
    light prying
    self defense
    survival tool - even make feather sticks
    useful in multi grips
    great for a tactical vest or belt - compact and tough
    chiseling/planing wood
    de-burring holes
    drilling holes

    The pommel is great crushing small stuff like nuts, it could also be used like a kubaton for self defense even if left in the sheath.

    They are great pocket knives or pack knives, the shorter length makes them handy to keep one everywhere. I carry mine everywhere I can. I make mine very sturdy so they can pry in a pinch. They are very easy to field sharpen or sharpen at home.

    I think the best points are the power and control at the tip and blade, with a reverse grip and a pull cut they glide through the toughest material like leather. They can be held with a regular grip, reverse grip, tip up or down, in palm or full grip. The angled pommel on mine fits well in the palm or gives a great place to place the thumb for leverage.

    Link with some discussion about kiridashi uses http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...ight=kiridashi
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    Great post, it's very informative. I don't yet own a kiridashi because I've always preferred a knife with a longer blade to handle ratio but I may have to rethink my stance.

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    Don't forget picking teeth & trimming toenails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviltooth View Post
    Great post, it's very informative. I don't yet own a kiridashi because I've always preferred a knife with a longer blade to handle ratio but I may have to rethink my stance.
    Thanks, I'm glad to hear that. I use mine a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by mykel m View Post
    Don't forget picking teeth & trimming toenails.
    That too! We opened Christmas presents with ours.

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    They are more useful than you think. Most cutting jobs don't really take much blade lenthwise.
    "highly motivated and moderately dizzy, lol " D.F.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IMWILSON View Post
    They are more useful than you think. Most cutting jobs don't really take much blade lenthwise.
    Exactly!
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    Even chopping jobs. Hatchets only have 3-4" of actual blade length.

    Kaleb

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    You can use a set of them for advanced lawn darts! use #87
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    I use mine to open the box that my new DFK came in.
    "highly motivated and moderately dizzy, lol " D.F.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IMWILSON View Post
    I use mine to open the box that my new DFK came in.
    OK, that rocks!

    I used mine to make the sheath for the kiridashi you have and the new one you just got. It is probably my most used knife.
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    Good stocking-stuffers too, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lycosa View Post
    Good stocking-stuffers too, eh?
    Yep, pointy end down for the little ones!
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    They are great work knives . super tough. Even with the paracord wrap and tactical look I find most people don't freak out at the sight of them . If they do start to freak out , telling them about the history of them usually chills them out.

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