Woodcarving and Veneer Knives from Japan

Japanese Woodcarving Knives, Veneer Knives

Japanische Schnitzmesser The Japanese carving knife "Kogatana" has the cutting steel forge-welded to one ore two layers of soft and tough iron. This has the advantage that the risk of the very hard, and thus brittle, steel’s snapping is lessened because it is embedded in softer iron. The knives offered here have the mirror side slightly hollowed, which means that sharpening is much easier as there is no need to grind the whole surface flat. Having the blade sharpened only from one side is a geat help when cutting along a ruler's edge or when trying to achieve a perfectly straight cut as in veneer work.

In his book, "Japanese woodworking tools: their tradition, spirit and use " Toshio Odate tells us about these all-purpose knives: "When I was a boy, it was expected of us that we took one of these Kiridashi-Kogatana and a pair of scissors with us to school in our pencil box. The Kiridashi-Kogatana was used for sharpening our pencils and in art lessons for cutting wood, bamboo and card so that we could make toys and boxes and little gadgets. Using this knife we got to know the properties of wood and bamboo, we learnt the intrinsic qualities of the sort of steel from which the Kiridashi-Kogatana was made, and we also learnt how sharp the blade was."

The knives without separate handle can be used either naked or with a covering of bamboo or leather, as is the Japanese tradition. You can also make yourself a wooden handle for them. To sharpen the Kogatana, we recommend our Japanese Waterstones.

Yokote Kogatana
Knife made of two layers of steel with handle and blade. Bevel on right side, hand-hammered surface.

Yokote Kogatana
Blade width Blade length Total length Order nr. Price
20 mm 75 mm 150 mm 309000 cart € 21.50

Kiridashi Kogatana
Similar to above but without handle and sheath

Kiridashi Kogatana
Blade width Blade length Order nr. Price
12 mm 180 mm 309011 cart € 13.50
21 mm 180 mm 309014 cart € 16.50

Kasaya Kogatana
Thin wood carving knife made of two layers of steel, bevel on the right side, black, forged surface. Thickness only 1.5 mm! The tip is 20°. The mirror side of these knives is not hollowed!

Kasaya Kogatana
Blade width Blade length Order nr. Price
7.5 mm 210 mm 309057 cart € 12.50
9 mm 210 mm 309058 cart € 12.50
12 mm 210 mm 309059 cart € 13.50
15 mm 210 mm 309060 cart € 14.50
Currently not in stock: nr. 309057, 309058!

Kogatana folding pocket knife
Folding type, available with bevel on right side or bevel on both sides, blade made of two layers of steel (3 layers on blade with two bevels), hand hammered surface.

Kogatana folding pocket knife
Bevel
type
Blade
width
Blade
length
Total
length
Order
nr.
Price
Right side only 27 mm 100 mm 230 mm 309023 cart € 24.50
Both sides 27 mm 100 mm 230 mm 309024 cart € 28.50

Standard Kiridashi-Kogatana

The following 3 types are our most sold knives. Following bevel types available:

  1. bevel on the left side - for lefthanders and for work where a right handed knife is not suitable.
  2. bevel on the right side - for righthanders and for work where a left handed knife is not suitable.
  3. bevel on both sides - for freehand work

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on the left side
Multi purpose and wood carving knife made of two layers of steel, black, forged surface. The tip is 20°, bevel on the left side.

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on the left side
Blade width Blade length Order nr. Price
3 mm 160 mm 309062 cart € 15.90
6 mm 160 mm 309063 cart € 15.90
9 mm 160 mm 309064 cart € 15.90
12 mm 160 mm 309065 cart € 15.90
15 mm 160 mm 309066 cart € 15.90
18 mm 160 mm 309067 cart € 16.90

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on the right side
Multi purpose and wood carving knife made of two layers of steel, black, forged surface. The tip is 20°, bevel on the right side.

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on the right side
Blade width Blade length Order nr. Price
3 mm 160 mm 309069 cart € 12.90
6 mm 160 mm 309070 cart € 12.90
9 mm 160 mm 309071 cart € 12.90
12 mm 160 mm 309072 cart € 12.90
15 mm 160 mm 309073 cart € 12.90
18 mm 160 mm 309074 cart € 13.90
Currently not in stock: nr. 309069!

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on both sides
Multi purpose and wood carving knife made of two layers of steel, black, forged surface. The tip is 20°, bevel on both sides.

Kiridashi Kogatana - bevel on both sides
Blade width Blade length Order nr. Price
3 mm 160 mm 309076 cart € 12.90
6 mm 160 mm 309077 cart € 12.90
9 mm 160 mm 309078 cart € 12.90
12 mm 160 mm 309079 cart € 12.90
15 mm 160 mm 309080 cart € 12.90
18 mm 160 mm 309081 cart € 13.90
 
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