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Keydashi - Designed by Flavio Ikoma

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Over the years, we have produced a number of successful minimal personal fixed blades, each conceived by our favorite knife designers in the quest to make a knife smaller, lighter, and easier to access. Now Brazilian knife designer Flavio Ikoma takes this design challenge to the next step with his new Keydashi™ key chain knife.

Our job was to translate Flavio's custom design into the affordable production version you see here, and we think you will be delighted with the quality and affordability. The knife itself is a full-tang skeletonized piece of high-carbon 1.4116 stainless steel. The 2.0" blade is hollow ground on the right side to a full curved skinner profile with a Razor-Sharp edge and bead-blast finish. This is a versatile shape which is useful for hundreds of daily cutting tasks. Best of all, the knife alone weighs only 0.8 ounce, making it the lightest fixed blade we have ever produced. Flavio's genius comes through in the integrated design of the blade and handle, which allows a secure and comfortable grip that is rarely found in such a small knife. He achieves this through the use of carefully-thought-out details: a deep wrap-around index finger groove, a castellated notch at the thumb, and a slight handle swell with dark green injection-molded glass filled nylon scales.

To provide additional control, a braided nylon fob extends into the hand. Most knives of this type use a locking Kydex or glass filled nylon sheath, but Flavio came up with a stainless steel sheath plate that locks against the flat back side of the blade, safely sealing the blade edge. He used two studs which mate with holes and notches in the blade. To release the sheath plate, simply press the top of the plate with the thumb, and the knife is free to slide off the studs. There are no moving parts, no plastics to wear out with use, so it is simple and safe.

An 8 mm split ring is provided so you can attach the Keydashi to your key chain, or to your favorite neck chain or a nylon paracord (not included.) Oh yes, we forgot to mention the small notch at the base of the finger choil. With the sheath plate locked in place (very important) this notch can be used as a bottle opener when the knife is inverted. It proves once again that really good things come in small packages.
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No. of ratings: 6
 3.5/5.0 Stars  
 
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
  • 2013-01-09
    Milan, OH
One of my favorite knives. Small but easy to handle and efficient.

  • 2012-12-08
    brighton, MA
Great little knife. Great for everyday work and self defense. Not a fan of the sheath. Wish it had a belt clip on the sheath for quicker access to the knife. Over all a great and useful knife.

  • 2012-10-18
    Ampang, KS
Well DONE The Ulu design is the best for field work and now we have one we can carry I cannot say enough good things about this little tool/work of art/innovation Hats off Flavio Buy several quick... in case they stop making them.

  • 2012-07-24
    ashville, AL
Fine little utility knife. great for neck knife

  • 2012-03-06
    San Diego, CA
A useful little accessory......good quality.

  • 2012-01-21
    Roan Mountain, TN
Falls of the holder really easy makes it useless because you can't hang it keys or outside a pack. I took it back to the store a couple of days after I bought the knife.

  • 2011-11-19
    ******, NC
i just got this today at the dixie gun and knife show i love it



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Keydashi - Designed by Flavio Ikoma

Item Number: 2280
 
Price: $36.99
Discontinued
 
 


Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length3.75 inches
Closed Length2 inches
Weight0.8 ounces

Blade
Length2 inches
Thickness0.062 inches
Material1.4116
Blade-HRC55-57
FinishBead-Blast
Grind1 Side Hollow
StyleSkinner
EdgePlain

Carry
Carry SystemSheath Plate
Weight0.3 ounces

Features
Bottle Cap OpenerYes
Lanyard/Neck ChainYes

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DESIGNER CORNER
Flavio Ikoma
Flavio Ikoma is a Brazilian knife designer who says, Since I was a kid, my life was influenced by blades, mainly the Japanese style swords and knives. My first knives were made of bamboo. In my adolescence I started to work...
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