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Japanese Folding Pocket Knife (2¾" / 7.1cm)
3-layer blade, Aogami Blue Paper steel core, orange handle
This premium Higonokami has been made exclusively for TOG by Mr Nagao. The handle is powder coated in TOG’s brand colour, Pantone 151 orange.
The Higonokami Orange has a three layer, 71mm blade with a core of Hitachi Aogami Blue Paper carbon steel. The handle is nickel plated steel that is then powder coated and laser engraved. Comes with cardboard presentation box.
Please note this is not stainless so please clean and dry it immediately after use.
This product has now been discontinued.
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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. Higonokami knives are characterised by the ‘chikiri’ – the lever used to open the knife. There is no locking mechanism.
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.