Japanese Leather Knife

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Japanese Leather Knife

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Synonyms: Japanese skiving knife;
DE: japanisches Ledermesser
Material: leather
Used with: cutting mat or poundoboard
Similar (More or Less): skivers, other knives

A knife. From Japan. For leather!

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You hold this kind of knife in your fist with the blade down and bevel facing inwards/towards the workpiece (i.e. to the right when using your left hand). [1]

Besides cutting, a Japanese leather knife can also be used for skiving (Ausschärfen). [2]


The blade is currently just protected by a piece of cardboard, but making a sheath would be a great beginner's project!