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Cold Steel Don't know what you call it.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by kBob, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. kBob

    kBob Active Member

    Back in the early 1980's a friend gave me this (why do folks feel the need to give me knives? Not complaining, just asking.) when he saw I carried a wooden pencil box that looked much like it.

    Supposedly it is Cold Steel's take on some sort of Japanese fishermans knife for cutting line and nets and such.

    Someone else gave me the boken during a move when I re enacted the "mathom" scene from david Bowie's "Labyrinth" with the old lady gnome pilling junk on the little girl. Now it is my mathom.


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  2. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

  3. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Active Member

    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....).
  4. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Kiridashis were the inspiration behind the Daily Kiri. I like the overall package, but I prefer double bevels (as these have). I think US makers have mostly used single bevels as a cost-saving measure.
  5. CWL

    CWL New Member

    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.
  6. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    While CS did make a kiridashi, I'll agree this isn't it.
  7. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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
  8. kBob

    kBob Active Member


    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.

  9. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Member

    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.
  10. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Ah. Thanks. :)

  11. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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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