Kiridashi (5-1/2 in.)
Product Description for Kiridashi (5-1/2 in.)
Maker: Yoshindo Yoshihara (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93847
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 1.25 in.
Total length: 5.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.61 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 1.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.4 oz.
Blade: Tamahagane, extracted from iron sand
Handle: Forged antique wrought iron
Sheath: Accompanied by Kiri wood presentation box
Description: This Kiridashi is the work of master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara. Kiridashi are small knives used throughout Japan for doing all sorts of tasks. They are used in woodworking for marking and for detail tasks around the house. In the past, these knives were even carried by school children, who would use them to sharpen pencils, cut wood, and the like. The chisel-ground edge is exceptional for detailed, precise cuts such as those required for Ikebana. Ikebana is a Zen flower arranging style that exemplifies simplicity. To maintain the freshness of the flowers, the stems are cut under water using this traditionally styled knife. This technique also works well for traditional Western flower arranging.
Yoshindo Yoshihara, who is considered to be among Japan's greatest living swordsmiths, creates masterworks that have a living spirit all of their own. He begins by forging the cutting edge from tamahagane (jewel steel), which is extracted from iron sand using techniques developed over 1500 years ago. A mix of steels, arranged for their imperfections as much as their purity results in his unique blades: “The combination of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ steel and superb forging technique is what gives a blade its personality and beauty, just like a human being. A perfect blade has no personality,” says Yoshihara.
The Tamahagane cutting edge is forge-welded to antique wrought iron by Yoshindo. The elegant wood grain pattern inherent to the antique wrought iron continues throughout this utility knife. Yoshindo noted that the wrought iron was particularly old and was recovered from antique anchor chain from Himaji Castle outside Kobe.
The blade is engraved with Yoshindo's maker's mark and inlaid with fine silver.
Captivating to the eye and comfortable in the hand. As you would expect, exceptional fit and finish throughout. The knife is accompanied by a padded kiri wood presentation box.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days