march 2021: dispatching within 10 working days.
Japanese Folding Pocket Knife (2¾" / 7.1cm)
3-layer black oxidised blade, Aogami Blue Paper steel core, black handle
Our highest quality Higonokami has a three layer, 71mm blade with a core of Hitachi Aogami (Blue Paper) carbon steel. It is characterised by the ‘Kurochi’ (black) forging layer which protects the blade against rust. The steel handle is nickel plated, then powder coated black and engraved. The blade is also engraved with the maker’s mark.
Comes with cardboard presentation box.
Please note that the Kurochi layer on the blade is not 100% protection against rust so please clean and dry this knife immediately after use.
A ‘Higonokami’ is a traditional Japanese folding pocket knife, designed in 1896. These knives were once carried by virtually every person in Japan. The name means “Lord-of-Higo”. Higo was an old province in Japan, on the island of Kyūshū, today’s Kumamoto Prefecture. “Kami”, literally “protector”, was used as an honourable title for Samurai of very high rank bestowed upon them by the shōgun.
This steel, produced by Hitachi corporation of Japan and supplied wrapped in blue paper, has high levels of Chromium and Tungsten for toughness and wear resistance. It is famous for its edge properties. Cladding it with softer, stronger steel gives the blade an incredible combination of edge retention and strength (like a Samurai sword).
The only maker allowed to call his knives ‘Higonokami’ now is 5th generation blacksmith Mr Nagao, based in Miki. Mr Nagao has produced these knives for TOG and we have laser etched our logo on the handles.
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