Japanese Carpenter's Knife

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Duluth TradingJapanese Carpenter's Knife
 
4.0

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sharp blade (73)
  • Durable (49)
  • Easy to use (37)
  • Compact (34)
  • Versatile (28)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable grip (13)
  • Poor craftsmanship (10)
  • Dulls quickly (6)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • Poor grip (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (34)
  • Camping (29)
  • Survival (19)
  • Day trip (14)
  • Road trips (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (43), Outdoor professional (14), Casual adventurer (9), Avid adventurer (7), Professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (8)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A GREAT KNIFE, SIMPLE DESIGN

By CUSTOM GUN

from Oak Harbor, WA

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Grip

Best Uses

  • At Home
  • Carving and Scrapping
  • In The Yard
  • Minor Projects

COMMENTS:

As a gunsmith I do quite a bit of stock work and have found this knife to be versatile for fine carving and scrapping small areas. It is extremely sharp and holds an edge well. The down side, being high carbon steel it is extremely brittle and if not careful it is easy to snap the tip. Do Not use the blade to pry. It Will Break. I inadvertently snapped about a quarter inch off the tip and had to reshape it on a grinding wheel. The other downside is the grip, it is uncomfortable. I have just finished installing a Teak deck in my boat and I used a couple small pieces of Teak to fashion scales and super glued them on. Problem solved. It is easy to hone the edge of this to scalpel sharpness, sharp enough to shave with. All in all I recommend this knife, with the limitations listed. The other down side is the price. It is over priced.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Updated Tradition

By Cranky Old Squid

from Des Moines, Iowa

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Traditional Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • In The Yard
    • Minor Projects

    COMMENTS:

    I know, a lot of folks are complaining about this knife, not recognizing that its simple friction fold design is centuries old. This knife is a CLASSIC, in exactly the same way a Barlow knife (a 400 year old design itself) or an Opinel is. You wouldn't whine about a Model-T not having all the modern bells and whistles, so don't expect this knife to have them either. They've used stainless steel for the handle instead of the traditional brass or bronze, but this knife would be right at home in 18th Century Japan.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best knife ever

    By Ed

    from Blue Bell

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Minor Projects

      COMMENTS:

      This is a great product

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very low quality product

      By Bob

      from Jasper,tn

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • No stars since had to check one to make review

        COMMENTS:

        Very disappointed in the quality of this item ,am amazed Duluth would sell an item this poorly made. I think I will return just to make a point. Sincerely Bob Barnett

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Neat knife

        By Cactus

        from Steamboat Springs CO

        About Me Professional

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Should be $12.99

        Best Uses

        • In The Yard
        • Minor Projects

        COMMENTS:

        I would gladly pay twice as much for a knife of this design but with thicker liners and a more robust and precise mechanism.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        83%would suggest this to friends.
        99 Reviews4.09951
        $19.95Item 82071
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        Japanese Carpenter's Knife is the kind used by Japanese craftsmen for centuries, with a unique curved blade that allows precise cutting.