Japanese Carpenter''s Knife

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OtherJapanese Carpenter's Knife
 
4.0

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sharp blade (73)
  • Durable (50)
  • 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 (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (8)

Reviewed by 101 customers

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5.0

Not your grandpa's folder

By JJ

from Kansas City

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Minor Projects

    COMMENTS:

    This is not a knife in the traditional pocket knife sense. First, the blade. It is machine forged traditional Japanese blade tech, with two steels. The outer is harder, more brittle, and takes a very keen edge. If you don't know how to sharpen a plane iron or a chisel, look it up. Will make you a better sharpener. This tool is for fine work. One hand grasps the handle, the other puts the thumb behind the blade. I do a lot of remodeling, and it never stays in my pocket all day. Easy to control for the right use. Can be made and kept very sharp, lightweight, durable, precise. The other pocket keeps a box cutter in it. Big difference.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    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

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      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

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        84%would suggest this to friends.
        101 Reviews4.010151
        $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.