If an EDC isn’t carry-worthy, is it even an EDC? Meet the Bison Gears Kiridashi, a pocket knife so adorably handy and surprisingly versatile you’ll want to carry it everywhere with you.
Tiny enough to be underestimated, the Bison Gears Kiridashi is a pretty capable little runt. Machined from 8CR13MOV stainless steel, the pocket knife is small enough to be comparable to a pocket USB drive. It’s tiny, weighs just 0.15 ounces, and measures a mere 2.46 inches in length… but it packs a powerful angled edge with a piercing tip that can get you through all sorts of fixes. Given its size, the Bison Gears Kiridashi obviously doesn’t come with a handle, but it makes up for it with a finger-loop that lets you grip the knife firmly, and a card-shaped holder that lets you safely store and carry the kiridashi around with you wherever you go.
Designer: Bison Gears
Created by Oakland California-based Bison Gears, a small yet passionate EDC-building studio, the kiridashi is one of their hot favorites. Its compact yet powerful design makes it a perfect pick for anyone who wants to carry a pocket knife with them without needing to lug around something that looks too big or dangerous. The bite-sized blade on the Bison Gears Kiridashi is the perfect combination of small and superior. It slices right through boxes, envelopes, etc. indoors, but makes for a great outdoor companion too, helping pierce bags of food, whittle wood, or scrape flint. It isn’t the perfect weapon in an altercation (perhaps with a beast outdoors), but the small blade’s piercing edge makes for a great self-defense tool at all times.
A key aspect of the Bison Gears Kiridashi is its SAYA, or the plastic case it comes along with. Unlike pocket blades with their handles, the SAYA has a unique different appeal. It’s square-shaped, making it ideal for wallets (although the entire EDC is 5mm thick), and comes with its own hole that aligns with the kiridashi’s own finger-grip hole. The hole’s wide enough to pass a carabiner through, or even a keychain ring, making the kiridashi perfect to carry around on a whim.
A clever snap-fit detail built into the SAYA’s hole also allows you to attach or detach the blade on command. Moreover, its circular nature makes it a natural swivel-point, working as a hinge detail too. Whichever way you use it, the Bison Gears Kiridashi is fun-sized and has a fun user experience too… while still being the most handy piece of EDC you can have on your person. The Bison Gears Kiridashi comes with 8 different colored SAYAs to choose from, including three camouflaged variants too (like the one shown below).