October 17, 2020

KAKURI Japanese Kiridashi Carving Knife Review [UPDATED]

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 consider 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 craftwork. The hand-hammered body is non-slip with an excellent grip. Its portable size is convenient for camping and outdoor going. You can also use it to trim garden trees. 

KAKURI Japanese Kiridashi Carving Knife
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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 is made of wood. It is made in such a way that you overlook, and I must say it looks great, and when you pick it up, you hold that comfortable wood that you might mistake for steel. It has a silver finish and only comes in one color 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
  • It comes in both left-handed and right-handed versions 
  • Easy-grip hammered design

Cons

  • It comes in one size.
  • It comes in one color.

WHO IS IT FOR

This tool is for those who do chisel work and detailed carving. It looks good to the eye, so good that it can draw anyone to wood carving. This is due to that sophisticated hammered design you don’t see every day. Its blade is super sharp, requiring less power while working with your wood so that you won’t get as tired 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 say this is also a tool for beginners.

BLADE

Looking at this knife, one can tell its blade is super sharp. The blade is not only razor-sharp but is easy to sharpen 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 must watch out for as it can be harmful but does a great job producing those small sharp corners.

DURABILITY

Made from 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 of resisting corrosion.

ACCESSORIES

The knife is purchased independently 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 have been using this blade for chisel work and wood carving. I use a chisel hammer, woodworking block plane, and a pull saw hand saw. This combination gives excellent results.

Our Verdict

I give the KAKURI Japanese Kiridashi Carving Knife 3 stars out of 5. It feels great and is easy to work with while producing excellent results. It has a lot of competition in its field, and it doesn’t do such a great job in beating the competition. I recommend this knife for professional detail woodcarvers because it produces the best sharp corners.

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David D. Hughes
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