Chisel Grinds

Aug 28, 2009
So I got some steel yesterday and was laying out the knives I want to make from it and there is a 5" section left over that doesn't fit any of my designs. I got think about what I would like to make with this left over piece and the idea of a kiridashi fits the steel perfectly, but it is a chisel grind and I read that there is a difference between left handed and right handed. So my question is what side of the blade with the spine up should the grind be on for a left handed person? I am thinking the left but am unsure of this.

i made a lefty chisel grind for a buddy. i asked him which side he wanted ground and he said the right.
you want the outside. so holding it in your left hand, the side facing out would get the grind.
OK that is what I was thinking, I actually found another piece of scrap/left over steel so I can do both left and right hand grinds. Going to make these for my work so that we always have a box cutter there. If I like the way they turn out I may make more.
if you have enough steel, check out the knife in my avitar. its a utility knife i made for jtr357. it is a chisel grind also.
Well I got my base for my porta band saw done, no welding and the only toold used were a hammer, hacksaw, drill, 3 different sized bits, a screw driver, 1omm wrench and a 5mm allen key. With that done I wanted to test out my handy work so I cut out the blank for the first kiridashi out of some left over 5160 I had laying around, ground the profile and rough ground the bevel in about 25 minutes. Now I just have to clean up the bevel with a file, do a little finish sanding and its ready for HT I like these things they go fast:thumbup:
i grind mine on a disc sander and the steel i use has a 56rc to start with and i dont anneal it. i had 50 grit on my 9" disc when i ground k II which has a cutting edge of 8" and 13" overall. i ground it in about 50 minutes. i now use 24 grit and i could probably grind the same pattern in close to half that time.
This was in an annealed state so the grinding went pretty fast, it is also only has about a 2" edge so not much there to grind to start with. Did a home HT on it and it is tempering right now. I am not worried about it failing, it was a scrap piece of steel so only thing lost would be a little propane and some time. If I look at it as a learning experience there is nothing lost at all, besides it was fun. If it works its just going to be a shop knife any how.
experiment with half convex edges. you might suprise yourself when it comes to sharpness.
For kiridashi you usually put a hollow on the flat unbeveled side. It makes that side easier to sharpen and get flat.