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Kiridashi by Logan-Pearce Kiridashi by Logan-Pearce
Blade: Twist pattern damascus
Handle: Blue fossilized brain coral
OAL: 6"

My only wish, is that I had etched the damascus a little deeper. Regardless, I love how it came out. I did this one a little more traditional, as far as the grind goes. It has a chisel grind, which I didn't do on the first kiridashi that I made. I also made a tanto to go with this, which I'll be posting in a few days.

As promised, once my Facebook hits 10k likes, which I'm about 131 likes from getting, I'll do a tutorial. It will be a video tutorial, as well as an article style tutorial that I will post on here. My plan is to do two of them. One in celebration of me actually being caught up and a second for my facebook. One of the tutorials will be over a cleaver, because cleavers are awesome! For the cleaver I'll do a picture a day on my facebook, kind of like the tutorial I did on here ages ago. Then when it's done, I'll compile it all and put it on here. To keep my dA as clean looking as possible.

I mean...I could have OCD or something. lol

Anyway! Fun stuff is coming as well as me being around a little more. :la:

Logan Pearce

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Given 2013-05-22
Kiridashi by *Logan-Pearce is just a sample of the many impressive knives in this deviant's gallery. ( Featured by Talty )
Kiridashi - A simple hand held tool; which western equivalent would be a Stanley knife.

NOTE:I have tried to keep this as unbiased as possible, but some of it might have leaked through. Please don't take it personally.

There are that many things one can do with its simple design; which is why originality is limited. If you were to re-imagine the kiridashi, the knife design would have it's own renaissance. I have found that when one adds more and more silly and unnecessary features to a knife it makes it more amazing.

The only thing I cannot truly commentate on is the vision. I do not know what it it supposed to ultimately look like and the style you wanted to portray. However, if I was too assume you were creating a bog-standard kiridashi; then you have reached it. Improvements, as always, can be made to it. I, however, like to call them suggestions. The first, is this balance of blade length to handle length. If you're going to make a long blade length, then if possible make it as long handle; so for this one you could increase to tapering. It just adds a bit more aesthetic balance, but reduces functionality. Secondly, would be the overall geometry. A kiridashi by nature has a very rectilinear geometric pattern, so therefore a handle that has hard sharp edges combine very well. Sadly, this particular one does not quite know what line style it is; and from that perspective it is quite a blunder. So in future, chose one please. If this is what a customer wanted then my suggestions are pretty useless.

Now we move on to your effort. A damascus twist pattern is quite unoriginal, but quite difficult for some reason. I am not a fan of medium to high layers of damascus; it's just me. On a kiridashi it would flow better if was a mono steel or 2 layer hi-low carbon mix. This is the the double edged sword of damascus; it is very aesthetic and beautiful, but it does take away from the rest of the knife. Technicality wise; you have done very very well. There are no flaws and the lines are very clean.
The handle is the next area where you also have done well. I am unsure about coral and its difficulties. But if I know anything about life, is that the more beautiful a material looks, the more fragile it is. I don't know if that is the case with coral, but you seem to have done a fine job of it. There are no visible cracks as far as I can tell. The two sections I would have liked to have seen would be the spine view of the scales to check the fit, and the ricasso area to check how well the scales line up and the symmetry. It does seem fine from this view though.

Overall, you have done well. There can be improvements, as I said earlier, but that is only if this knife wasn't a commission. A commission does unfortunately limit the artistic license of the creator, but it is the price we must pay to survive.

The last thing I must add; is I consider this knife an unpolished stone. It has a certain beauty and appeal; but it has the potential to be so much more and it has this amazing untapped potential.

Final verdict: 3/5 - Has lots of potential, but still very good.
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I'm actually really glad you didn't etch the damascus any deeper on this one. I can't tell for certain from the photo, but this looks perfect. IMHO you have overdone it on some of your knives, and the most beautiful damascus (to my eye) is subtle. But that may just be me.

I really wish you had used another background for this, as the complexity makes it hard to really analyze the contour of the knife.

From what I can see, the spine, tip, and cutting edge are fine, but the curve on the return, following the heel into the handle, the bladeward side of the handle, and possibly the butt of the knife as well, look a little off.
It's hard to talk about curves without drawing a picture, but the best way I know to say it is that the change in the change of the slope of that edge isn't consistent (from what I can see, it may just be a trick of the angle and busy background).
If you use illustrator, or any vector program, an easy way to put it is that there would be too many control points to make that curve; it's a little 'wobbly'. IMO, Just a little more grinding could make a big difference.

Maybe either grind down the heel to follow more of a sin wave, or grind into the return more right above the heel to smooth out the curve coming from the handle, and grind down the handle a little right after the return to make them flow into each other better.

I'd go with the latter. But of course, with any subtractive process, I'm better you can always grind too much trying to fix a minor imperfection that you end up having to grind the rest down more to fix that, and then again, until all you're left with is a toothpick (at least, that's the case with wood and stone; I haven't done much in metal)... so, I guess one always has to stop somewhere and say it's good enough, and this may be that point (particularly if this is a commission).

Aside from that minor nitpick, I just have to say I would have thought the coral would be too busy, but it actually looks really good, particularly with the damascus.
All in all this is a very slick looking knife!
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LongingForAutumn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a lovely and simple design <3
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I have never seen blue brain coral, fossilised or not. Is this naturally stained by mineralisation? It and the fine Damascus twist steel are what made me keep coming back to this until I finally favoured it.
Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The fossilized brain coral has been dyed and stabilized. It's hard to find pieces that are a deep blue, usually something goes wrong. Which is why I love it so much. :P
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
By brother found some blue tipped coral in the Indian Ocean. I think he tried to preserve the colour by varnishing it, but sadly many coral colours fade. The precious red coral of the Mediterranean, which has permanent colour, has been harvested to death everywhere above about three hundred feet. You still occasionally see samples in jewellers' wondows where it counts as a very expensive semi-precious gem stone.
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hello! You have been featured in this list with my DD selections for the month :) [link] have a good week!
Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are awesome! Thanks you. :)
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem, and thanks! :meow:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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