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So...this is something that I have been meaning to write for awhile. An honest assessment of the titanium kiridashi I received from Mecha.
I've spent some time trying to think of a funny way to start this. But for some reason I just can't get the line right. So I'm going to throw it out the window and get down to brass tacks. I purchased a titanium kiridashi, I have used it for a variety of tasks, and I love it.
It's a small blade roughly 5.5 inches long, .082 thick with a 1.3 cutting edge. So I haven't used it to take down a tree or split kindling for fire wood. But I have used it for a variety of task suited for it's size and it has exceeded my expectations. I've used it to trim bushes, trim plants in the garden, detaching fruits and vegetables from their stems, opening mail, opening packages, breaking down a couple boxes, cutting a silicone mold, cutting a sandwich, and marking a 2 x 4 when I lost my pencil. I also might have used it to cut a knot or two out of my beard. So now you know a little about the blade and how I use it.
It is a joy to use; push cuts are easy, slicing is easy, and the fine point makes detailed marking simple. It makes clean cuts with little effort, the shape is exceedingly intuitive. It's like an extension of my finger, basically wherever I can fit my hand I van make an easy controlled cut. It has done everything I've asked it to and it has not let me down once. Even my fiancee loves using it. It has almost completely replaced her garden shears. Instead of going off to find wherever she last left them, she holds out her hand and says knife. I know that doesn't sound like much, but trust me, it's a fairly big deal. She isn't a big fan of knives and this is the first on of my collection that she actually wants to use on a regular basis.
Through all of this use, by two people, the edge has stayed fairly sharp as well.1 It hasn't chipped or rolled either. I know that it hasn't seen hard use or shock, I know I've read online (and you might have too) that titanium is too soft to use for cutting implement because it'll easily deform and it can't hold an edge. I will simply state that is not the case here. What Mecha does with titanium (which is basically wizardry.) solves these issues. If you want to know more about it read some of his posts here, or even ask him directly. I'm positive you'll learn something. I know I always do. Seriously, he's super knowledgeable and he's super cool about answering questions. In all honesty, I'd say take advantage of the access now, because...man if the world ever catches on to what he's doing...it'll be harder and harder to get pieces of his work and time to talk to him. It doesn't even have to be the whole world, just the ultralight hiking portion of it. What he makes...is everything their looking for. Lightweight, functional, durable, low maintenance, lightweight. I could see there being a massive rush.
I've covered information about the knife, I've covered how I use it, and I've talked about how it performs. I think that's everything...
Ok, I lied. I know it's not everything. I have saved a few important things for the end. One, seriously, never having to worry about rust is amazing. 2) It's incredibly lightweight. When I say incredibly, I mean I literally forget it's in my pocket sometimes. I'll go out to the garden to grab some tomatoes or something for that evening, and I'll start to turn around to come back for my kiridashi, only to realize it's already sitting in my pocket. And I don't carry it uncovered either, it's combined weight in the sheath is ridiculously light. (and speaking of the sheath, it's functional, yes, but also absolutely beautiful. Amazingly soft and supple, a perfect companion.) Finally, and maybe most importantly, it is gorgeous. Completely stunning. From it's design, to the wondrous colors. It is a work of art. If everything goes to plan, I'm going to pick up somewhere between four and six more pieces of his superbly crafted pieces.
TLDR: I own one of the kiridashi made by Mecha. I use it to cut things. I like it a lot. It holds it's edge well. It is lightweight and beautiful to look at.
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Got the MadScienceForge Mechachete donation to Knife Rights in the mail today and went to work reducing hickory saplings to chopsticks. Snicker Snack, indeed! The mechachete is damn sharp out of the box, comfortable in the hand, and quick! It made quick work of hickory, privet and other woody veg encroaching on my range. I'm impressed and can't wait to see how it does this weekend!
I'm still blown away with how little damage it actually took It truly behaves like a very well heat treated piece of steel