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Japanese Folding Pocket Knife (3½" / 9.1cm)
15 layer Damascus blade with Aogami core, brass handle
This Higonokami has been produced for TOG in a limited run.
It is hand forged by Mr Nagao. This is a traditional process of beating a metal blank into the shape of the blade by hand and creating the layered structure of the steel. Like a Samurai sword.
15 layer Damascus steel blade with Aogami (Blue Paper) steel core.
The handle is solid brass with bamboo engraved design.
Supplied with engraved wooden presentation box.
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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.
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.