5040 Raikiri, Designed by Dew Hara
When you want a sword but need an EDC.
The Raikiri everyday carry folding knife has a serious namesake in the world of modern Japanese lore... the legendary sword is said to have sliced a bolt of lightning in two. Even if that particular need doesn't arise, the carefully designed curves, shapely lines, and innovative Field Strip technology will make each job conquered feel just a bit more heroic.
From his hometown of Seki, Japan, Dew Hara has learned from the best—his father, Koji Hara, is one of the most respected designers in the world. Though Dew is relatively young in his knife designing career, he's making a serious name for himself. The Raikiri everyday carry knife is built with a modified Wharncliffe blade that features a satin finish and a low-profile flipper. Once open, the locking liner anchors it in place between two cold-forged handles. With a sharply contrasting line, the movement in the design nods at the slashing motion of the famous sword Iaido, which has been a strong influence over Dew's inspiration. To elevate the utility of the knife to match its aesthetic, he's given it Field Strip technology for simple cleaning and maintenance in the field without tools.
The breakthrough "Field Strip" innovation comes from the shop of world-renowned knife craftsman Ken Onion and has been over ten years in the making. To disassemble the Raikiri when the knife is in the closed position, push the front release lever away from the blade, then spin the turn release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft-- once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure, allowing for practical, quick maintenance where you stand. Every hometown superhero needs a sword. This one will simply fit in your pocket.