Surgical scalpel blades are quite simply the sharpest and least expensive disposable cutlery available. We wanted to put that utility in an EDC package so it is always on-hand when you need it. The concept of a kiradashi is an excellent one: a compact, inexpensive, and simple EDC tool used for cutting, carving, marking, scoring etc. This is why the tool has stood the test of time, and serves as a logical basis on which to build this concept.
We start with the proven bayonet of a premium #3 surgical scalpel, which firmly holds blades in a rattle free mounting and accepts blades #6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 40. We offer several different handle options:
Walnut and Phenolic - A premium scalpeldashi handled in rich dark walnut and chocolate phenolic. Each is given multiple coats of a penetrating and polymerizing oil-varnish blend to create a beautiful and durable finish and then engraved with our logo.
Distressed Graphite - This finish has that unmistakable sheen and off-black appearance of carbon, much like carbon fiber. (no surprise) Somewhat plain if left simply flat on faceted surfaces, we carefully distress the surface to create a textured which better shows off the graphite’s unique sheen.
Sapphire Blue - a very vibrant and rich metallic blue, this color really stands out and looks fantastic.
Bronze - A rich metallic finish, somewhat similar in appearance to the Cerakote Burnt Bronze.
Diamond Black - This is best described as a metallic black. It has a distinct metallic lustre, that leaves you doing a double take as it is not quite black as it appears at first glance.
Chameleon Skin - A couple different processes come together to produce this amazing finish. In short, this patterned finish changes color depending on lighting conditions and view-angle, shifting from green to blue to purple to red. While we’ve tried to capture it in pictures, it must be seen in person to truly do it justice.
Kiridashi don’t traditionally come with a sheath, however that limits practicality and convenience. Each scalpeldashi comes with a 20% carbon fiber reinforced nylon sheath*, selected for its durability and attractive appearance next to a wide range of different dashi colors. Additionally we offer matching sheaths in many of the same materials as the Scalpeldashi themselves, available as an optional accessory. All have a lanyard loop, which holds the dashi firmly enough to prevent it falling out under its own weight, but can be released with just one hand or a quick tug. This makes them the perfect accessory for EDC in a pocket, on a keychain, on your belt, or as a neck knife.
Scalpel blades have several advantages over other disposable blades, namely they are extremely inexpensive (typically under 20 cents a blade, often under 10 cents a blade), exceptionally sharp (thinner and sharper than Xacto), have very thin blades, have excellent availability in a variety of designs materials and grades, are fast and easy to change without any tools, have available tools to remove them directly into a safe sharps disposal container, and our handles will firmly hold blades in a stable and obviously rattle-free manner (unlike cheap handles) for precision cutting. Believe me, we have Xactos, utility blades, snap blades, etc but we all prefer and EDC these. Note custom engraving and bespoke materials are available.
*Every Dashi comes with a blade and 20% carbon fiber reinforced nylon sheath, however this excludes models which include with a different sheath. Namely this applies to the exotic material matched dashi and sheath one-offs.
**Replacement blades are 10A, are non-sterile, and are sold by the 5 pack. We recommend you do not purchase replacement blades from us, as the blades can be had in bulk more cheaply elsewhere.
Macassar Ebony - dark, rich, dense, stunning. The wonders of Ebony but with a more intriguing pattern. This is a matching scalpel and sheath set.
Cocobolo - This is a beautiful rich dense resinous wood, a definite favorite of ours. It naturally resists water and rot to a degree. With this wood you never know exactly what you’ll get until you cut it, only that it will be beautiful. This example has lots of red-orange and black tones.
Bubinga w/ Ebony Cap - bubinga has the iridescence of maple, but in rich fiery reds. Photography rarely does wood justice, but this is particularly the case with bubinga. The end is capped with ebony to further set off the color.
Sycamore - This from is wood we harvested as a downed tree almost three decades ago. It has been slowly curing in our workshop ever since, NEVER kiln dried. Its unique patterning is as beautiful as it is unusual.
Amboyna Burl - This scalpeldashi was cut from end grain amboyna burl, extremely challenging to work with especially in such small pieces, but the effect is sensational. There is just so much figuring in this tiny piece as a result of careful selection and perparation, a real gem.