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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kudo Knife Review and Light Box Tutorial

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I was recently asked to review a Kudo Knife from Swords of the East. I am not a knife specialist by any stretch, but I AM a safety person by profession, and I can recognize key features to make a knife safer.. so I guess that counts right? 

Here are our tools for the light box tutorial.

So we wanted to use the knife on something that is needed around the house, and since we aren't doing any hunting or fishing at the moment, we decided to engage in a project we needed- A light box for taking pictures of my review items. I have been very unsatisfied with our lighting lately, and this seemed like an easy way to showcase the knife- in fact, it was even better than we thought.. But first- 

Here is the basic info about the knife- 

Has a Krupp 4116 Stainless steel flat ground blade

Made of 43% glass reinforced Zytel®
Heat treated to Rc 56-57 for better edge holding ability and easy sharpening
Thin razor sharp edge
Safety tested locking mechanism 
Great as a work knife, utility knife, bait knife, or hunting knife

Blade: 4 1/4", Overall: 10", Thick: 2mm, Weight: 2.4 oz.

It feels pretty good in the hands, although I have a hard time closing it.. the man says it should loosen up over time. It cuts great- like butter he says- 

The tutorial starts off with the man cutting the box into picture frame shapes along 3 sides of the box.

Moving so fast the picture is blurry!

Here is the result of cuttery- a very cleanly sliced window into the box.

Next he used regular copy paper to cover the sides that he just cut out. 

A little duct tape is securing the paper to the box.

For the inside we used some of the toddler's roll of craft paper from Ikea. It happened to be the perfect size. She was not happy about this of course.

We basically just lined the back and bottom inside of the box-this will be the background that will show with my subjects, so we wanted it to look nice.

This is how the outside looked.

Basically we then found a desk light and placed it over the top of the box to light it up. We know we need to get a brighter light, and ideally more than one. ( I think 3- both sides and top)

As you can see from the following pictures the bulb is casting a yellowish cast and that is not the goal here. A daylight type bulb is needed to really look best here.

We have a shadow, but I love the clean background.


I will say, the knife made this an incredibly easy and quick project  to undertake. The knife is exceedingly sharp! It is going to tackle many projects around this house in the future. 

Thanks so much to Swords of the East for letting us review their Kudo knife!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.