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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 Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    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 Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    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

    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 Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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

    IMWILSON

    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 Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    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 Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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

    flatblackcapo Lover not a fighter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    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.
     
  14. GmA

    GmA

    1
    Aug 24, 2017
    Kiridashi εˆ‡γ‚Šε‡Ίγ— translates to "Cutting out"
     
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  15. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Wow! Almost a 5 year old thread. Might be a new record...
     
  16. Farchyld

    Farchyld

    Sep 10, 2011
    lol Epic necro
     
  17. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Lover not a fighter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    The next slang term for leaving..... I'm kiridashi, G.
    :D
     

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