A pair of kiridashis

I'm unsure if more than one kiridashi is kiridashis or still kiridashi? Anyone know?

Anyway, onto the post.....

So recently I organised another KITH on a knife forum. KITH stands for Knife In The Hat. Everyone makes a knife then passes their knife onto someone else and receives one in return.

I have posted about another KITH here previously: KITH knife finished

The theme of the current KITH is kiridashi. A kiridashi is generally a small chisel ground knife originating from Japan. As with most things, the design can be interpreted in many ways so it was left quite open - make a kiridashi in your own interpretation.

I'm hoping to gather pictures of all the kiridashis that were made but this post is going to show the one I made and the one that I received. I have been slow in getting mine posted but I'm pleasantly pleased as it meant I could do a comparison against Stuart's.

So the piece I received was from Stuart Wilson: https://www.facebook.com/stuartwilsonknifemaker
I love Stuart's work and am really pleased I now own something of his. It would be great to have one of his big choppers but you can't have everything!

Our work here has some similarities which I found quite funny.


We have both made the blade from an old file, leaving some of the teeth behind.

We both have made leather slip cases with no belt loop and with some curves down the edge.

I use a lighting bolt as part of my makers mark and part of Stuart's mark has a stylised S that looks lightning bolt-ish.

Other than that, they're quite different.

I went traditional chisel ground, only putting a bevel on one side. Stuart's is ground on both sides with excellent polished convex bevels.

Stuart's handle has a Japanese style cord wrap in black cord with a red underlay. He has tapered the tang to a point so the handle works well in a conventional grip but can also sit on top of the hand for detail work in a pencil style grip.

It's hard to show in the pictures but Stuart has also rounded over the spine and finger choil to an extremely comfortable shape that is highly polished.

 For my handle, I molded a micarta handle onto the blade. This is made of hessian sacking and a cotton shirt in alternating layers. I used a couple of pieces of old red t-shirt down the centre to highlight the seam and I put a couple of carbon fibre tubes through to pin it together. I planned for my handle to be a handful but also allow that change of grip for close in work.

I'm certainly very happy with the piece I received. I hope the recipient of mine is equally happy!


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