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Uses of a Kiridashi

Discussion in 'Daniel Fairly Knives' started by Daniel Fairly Knives, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator

    Jan 9, 2011
    Heck what is one! :eek: :D

    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/showthread.php/879786-Coyote-Brown-Kiridashi?highlight=kiridashi
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2011
  2. Deviltooth

    Deviltooth

    198
    Jul 16, 2011
    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.
     
  3. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Don't forget picking teeth & trimming toenails.:eek:
     
  4. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator

    Jan 9, 2011
    Thanks, I'm glad to hear that. :D I use mine a lot.

    That too! :D We opened Christmas presents with ours.
     
  5. IMWILSON

    IMWILSON Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2011
    They are more useful than you think. Most cutting jobs don't really take much blade lenthwise.
     
  6. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Exactly!
     
  7. theflyingplatypus

    theflyingplatypus

    444
    Oct 13, 2010
    Even chopping jobs. Hatchets only have 3-4" of actual blade length.

    Kaleb
     
  8. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator

    Jan 9, 2011
    You can use a set of them for advanced lawn darts! use #87
     
  9. IMWILSON

    IMWILSON Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2011
    I use mine to open the box that my new DFK came in.
     
  10. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator

    Jan 9, 2011
    OK, that rocks!

    I used mine to make the sheath for the kiridashi you have and the new one you just got. :cool: It is probably my most used knife.
     
  11. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    Good stocking-stuffers too, eh? :D
     
  12. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator

    Jan 9, 2011
    Yep, pointy end down for the little ones! :D
     
  13. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    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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