Fred, thanks for posting that link... When I was small my family lived in Japan for a few years (Army brat.. and for the first year or so in a traditional wooden house....) and as a result brought home one or two examples of Japanese cabinet making. I've known that they have some excepional hand tools but never knew where to look for them. I'll enjoy looking through that site (while trying not to buy anything that isn't absolutely needed....).
December 7, 2012, 12:43 PM
Kiridashis (http://www.hidatool.com/baishinshi-kiridashi-knife-right-bevel?filter_name=kiridashi) were the inspiration behind the Daily Kiri. I like the overall package, but I prefer double bevels (as these (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=175859&d=1354842263) have). I think US makers have mostly used single bevels as a cost-saving measure.
December 7, 2012, 04:58 PM
kBob, that is not a CS knife. As already pointed out, that is a Japanese kiridashi, which is a general purpose utility knife. While I suppose it could be used for fishing chores, it is better suited for the wood-working shop. That chisel edge is good for carving and detail work.
December 7, 2012, 07:35 PM
While CS did make a kiridashi ( http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-cold-steel-kiridashi-japanese-132099161), I'll agree this isn't it.
December 8, 2012, 02:28 AM
Odd, it looks just like the Kiridashi that I got from Cold Steel...oh, so many years ago...down to the markings on the blade and the bevel of the sheath. I just pulled it out of a bathroom medicine cabinet I had it stashed in
December 8, 2012, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the assist.
The original owner told me he got it from Cold Steel. That would be in the early 1980's.
He used to carry a CS Tanto a lot as he really liked it. At a Comix Convention in Atlanta one year we were getting some stuff autographed by Mike Grell that wrote and drew "Sable Freelance" and "Green Arrow" for Dark Horse Comics. A character in a Sable comic had been drawn reversing a Tanto in a way that looked improbable and I commented on that to Mr. Grell, who responded "What do you mean?"
My friend promptly plopped his Tanto in my hand and I demonstrated the type of reverse he seemed to have been trying to illustrate. Mr. Grell was fascinated and had me do it over and over until I pointed out that I was getting tired and he did not want me to drop a pound of razor sharp steel in his lap.
Anyrate that friend when he gave me this thing said he got it from Cold Steel so thats what I wrote.
December 8, 2012, 05:22 PM
The original kiridashi as sold by Cold Steel had all wood furniture; I know, I have one myself. Later they switched to a synthethetic blade cover. The all-wooden ones look almost exactly like the one in you photo, except that the ends haven't been rounded off. They also came with the wooden furniture unfinished; I finished mine with urethane. The original edge as applied by Cold Steel was the sharpest blade edge I've ever seen in a knife.
December 8, 2012, 07:09 PM
Ah. Thanks. :)
December 8, 2012, 08:30 PM
They also came with the wooden furniture unfinished; I finished mine with urethane.
I wish I had done that to mine. It has picked up a bit a dirt/oil over the years.
I seem to remember pay <$10 for it including shipping
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