I’ve always appreciated Japanese knives. That is something that I carried over to carving. With that in mind, I had to check out the KAKURI Japanese Kiridashi Carving Knife. If you are considering it, this post will let you know what you can expect.

THE LOOKS

This is a traditional tool and seeing it survive the test of time means it has a lot to offer. This Japanese forged knife is ideal for woodwork and bamboo craft work. Its portable size is convenient for camping and outdoor going. It can also be used to trim garden trees. The hand hammered body is non-slip with an excellent grip. 

The blade is easy to sharpen and maintains its sharpness for a long time with a blade length of about 2 inches. It is not heavy considering that it is 18mm thick, it feels great to hold and work with. The handle of this blade is made from wood but it is made in such a way that you don’t notice and I must say it looks great and when you pick it up you hold that comfortable wood which you might mistake for steel. This knife means business with a silver finish and only comes in one colour and also goes a step further in decreasing variety as it only comes in one size.

Pros 

  • Pre-sharpened
  • Works with a lot of accessories 
  • Looks good to the eye
  • Comes in both left-handed and right-handed versions 
  • Easy-grip hammered design

Cons

  • Comes in one size
  • Comes in one colour

WHO IS IT FOR

This tool is mostly for those who do chisel work and detailed carving. It looks really good to the eye so good that it can draw anyone to wood carving, this is due to that sophisticated hammered design which you don’t see every day. Its blade is super sharp such that it requires less power while working with your wood which means you won’t get tired as much as with an ordinary tool. It is the perfect and must-have tool for professionals but I found it easy to wrap my head around it so I can safely say this is also a tool for beginners.

BLADE

Just looking at this knife one can tell that its blade is super sharp. The blade is not only razor-sharp but is easy to sharpen as well and retains its sharpness for a considerable amount of time depending on the hours you spend on it. The blade is made from one high purity carbon steel plate which is incredibly strong and makes sharp cuts. The blade is just about 2 inches long with a sharp tip that you have to watch out for as it can be harmful but does a great job in producing those small sharp corners.

DURABILITY

Made from the reputable Japanese high carbon steel, this knife can stand the test of time. This company has been in business since 1946 making quality trusted products. The blade is not entirely resistant to rust but it does a great job in resisting corrosion.

ACCESSORIES

The knife is purchased on its own but will pose some limitations as you get your feet wet with craftwork, for this reason, it is advised that you purchase other tools to complement this piece. I personally have been using this blade for chisel work and wood carving. I use it with a chisel hammer, woodworking block plane and a pull saw hand saw. This combination gives excellent results.

Our Verdict

I give this product 2 stars out of 5. It feels great in the hand and is easy to work with while producing excellent results but it has a lot of competition in its field and it doesn’t do such a great job in beating the competition. For the professional detail woodcarvers, I strongly recommend this knife as it produces the best sharp corners.

David D. Hughes
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