Japanese Carpenter's Knife

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OtherJapanese Carpenter's Knife
 
4.0

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 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 (29)

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 (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (8)

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4.0

Simple design; treat it as a gentleman's utility knife

By Duck

from Minnesota

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not for hard use
  • Not for those expecting a lock

Best Uses

  • At Home
  • In The Yard
  • Minor Projects

COMMENTS:

This is a simply designed, basic knife. Not meant for heavy uses. It isn't a true carpentry knife like we would think of today. Use it for basic everyday things: cutting tape, slicing fruit, opening packages, etc. It will slip into your pocket, and never be noticed.

Sharpens easy, but requires care in maintenance and during use. If you are used to more "modern" designs and expect that (i.e. a lock, stainless super steel, thicker comfort handles) then avoid it. If you want a simple knife that is for quick use, and takes up little space, then try it.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(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

      (3 of 9 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

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        83%would suggest this to friends.
        100 Reviews4.010051

        Well, shoot.


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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.