The kiridashi is an all-purpose knife that is used in most households. It has a cutting edge angle of around 25 degrees to the back, and can be used left-handed, right-handed, or double-edged. To begin with, the cutout is shaped to keep the blade length down, with no linkage between the blade length and overall length.
I have one simple cut-out knife, but I am going to buy a stylish French cut-out knife, DOUK-DOUK, as a memorial. I’ll only use it for sharpening pencils anyway. I am attracted to tools by their beauty (the beauty that naturally appears as a result of pursuing a form and structure that is free of unnecessary decoration), and I am tempted to collect them.
We are creating online learning materials where you can learn about Japanese carpentry in English through the actual construction of the building!
It will be on sale at the kickstarter price from November 14th to December 6th, 2021, so be sure to check it out!