The concept of a kiradashi is an excellent one: a compact, inexpensive, and simple EDC tool used for cutting, carving, marking, etc. which is part of why the tool has stood the test of time. We use professional surgical scalpels for EVERYTHING, they litter our workstations, desks, and workshop. We use them for the same tasks one would use a kiridashi. At some point it was posited we should combine the utility of a scalpel with the EDC of a kiridashi so we could carry them everywhere, and several iterations later here we are.
To manufacture these 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 re-handled the scalpels in several different options:
Metal Composite - Bronze and copper composite are really unique and beautiful materials which possessing a very unusual weight, feel, and appearance. We carefully hand-weather and polish to produce a beautiful and exotic alien-artifact look.
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.
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. We offer matching sheaths in many of the same finishes as the Scalpeldashi themselves. Each has a lanyard loop, and 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.
You might be asking why scalpel blades? They have several advantages over other disposable blades, namely they are extremely inexpensive (typically under 20 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, and our handles will firmly hold blades in a stable and obviously rattle-free manner (unlike cheap handles) for precision cutting.
*Replacement blades are 10A, are non-sterile, and are sold by the 5 pack. Do not buy them from us! Seriously! At 2$ for 5 blades it is a complete ripoff. Every scalpel will come with a blade, go out and buy a 100 pack of the style blade of your choice. Often this will cost less than 10$. We offer these only at customer request.