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Higonokami Hoseki Damascus

18+ UK Friendly carry
£35.95
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The first Higonokami knives were made as early as 1896 in the Japanese town of Miki. After the last samurai were forbidden to carry swords in public, many blacksmiths started to make knives. Higo no Kami was then an honorary title for especially powerful samurai, and it quickly became the name for the knives produced there.


Since the production in the Japanese town of Miki the classic Higonokami has hardly changed.


The Higonokami Hoseki Damascus is a lovely example of the knifemaker's art. The handle is made of one piece of folded metal, the knife is opened by a lever (Chikiri) on the back of the blade. By pressing the lever while holding the knife, the blade is kept open

SKU
01PE311
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
7.5000
Overall Length (cm)
16.5000
Blade Material:
Damascus
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.26
Cutting Edge:
7.1
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
10.2000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Brass
Blade Shape:
Reverse Tanto
Product Weight (g)
40
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Newest:
2020-01-08 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
37.95
Lead Time Dropdown:
14 - 21 Days
GTIN:
4045011198595
One Handed Opening:
Yes

Description


The first Higonokami knives were made as early as 1896 in the Japanese town of Miki. After the last samurai were forbidden to carry swords in public, many blacksmiths started to make knives. Higo no Kami was then an honorary title for especially powerful samurai, and it quickly became the name for the knives produced there.


Since the production in the Japanese town of Miki the classic Higonokami has hardly changed.


The Higonokami Hoseki Damascus is a lovely example of the knifemaker's art. The handle is made of one piece of folded metal, the knife is opened by a lever (Chikiri) on the back of the blade. By pressing the lever while holding the knife, the blade is kept open

Specification


SKU
01PE311
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
7.5000
Overall Length (cm)
16.5000
Blade Material:
Damascus
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.26
Cutting Edge:
7.1
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
10.2000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Brass
Blade Shape:
Reverse Tanto
Product Weight (g)
40
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Newest:
2020-01-08 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
37.95
Lead Time Dropdown:
14 - 21 Days
GTIN:
4045011198595
One Handed Opening:
Yes

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Reviews


  • 5
    Higonokami damascus

    Posted by Mkm on 7th Jul 2021

    Brilliant quality. Finish is above photos and expectation. Shame it appears to be out of stock now, I'd buy another one. Thanks very much!

  • 4
    Basic but works

    Posted by Joe on 7th Jul 2021

    Received very quickly as is to be expected from HH - great service. This Higonokami is attractive and the brass handle adds a traditional and classy look to the knife. Compared to the likes of the Boker Plus XS this is far more "gentlemanly" and when coupled with the Leather Slip Pouch (SKU: SH1169) sits safely and subtly in the pocket. The Damascus blade adds a unique touch although will take careful sharpening to avoid scuffing the blade. That said, whilst it didn't come all that sharp, the blade will take a nice edge with little work and the point is narrow and strong enough for intricate use. Not the best knife for convenience - due to the design, one hand opening is possible but tricky without risking some nasty cuts - but for leisure and "just in case" use this is a great choice. The history to the design and maker add to the appeal and at a very reasonable price.

  • 5
    Translation

    Posted by John on 31st May 2021

    The four little characters read right to left and say tou roku sho hyo (touroku shohyo) which says registered trademark, big characters top to bottom read higonokami sada kanekoma wich means a true higonokami from kanekoma. Kanekoma is their business name and it's a true higonokami because they own the rights to make them. Although we use higonokami to describe this style of Japanese knife strictly only this company can use the name, much like we call all vacuum cleaners a hoover in the UK. They are a fith generation family business hand making these from a small workshop in Japan. Grab one while you can.

  • 5
    Answer for Bob

    Posted by John on 30th May 2021

    Yes Bob if you lay it flat on the stones it will spoil the damask finish, although the damask is real and goes right through the outer sandwiches the surface affect is produced by etching and is very thin, even metal polish or stopping paste will remove it. You are right that the best way to sharpen them is a zero grind but with this one a micro bevel is best, you will sacrifice a little sharpness for beauty. It will still take a absolute hair popping edge even with a micro bevel. Once sharpened it will only need stroping unless you do something daft with it. While on the subject non damask higonokami are best sharpened to a zero grind scandi style, once finished if you put them in a cup of boiling vinigar it will produce a misty hamon like on a Japanese sword, it's not exactly the same as it's differential tempering on a sword and the core steel on the higonokami. You will need to strop just the edge after etching as it slightly bluntens it. Remove the blackness from the etch with a non abrasive polish such as duraglit wadding.

  • 4
    sharpening

    Posted by bob on 14th Apr 2021

    Will sharpening it the 'skandi' way erase the Damascus pattern?

  • 5
    Great!

    Posted by Stephen on 2nd Apr 2021

    I am by no means an expert so can't make comparisons to other options on the market, but it looks great, is sharp and does the job!

  • 5
    Leather slip

    Posted by John on 25th Feb 2021

    Fit's perfectly into the £3.95 leather slip, it could have been made for it. Have had the knife a little time now and it's preforming perfectly, the pivot has polished in and after it's initial sharpening on Japanese water stones has only needed the occasional strop. The brass handle is forming a nice patina, it is traditional to allow it to patinate just as you should never highly polish fittings on a Japanese sword. I can't recommend this traditional pocket knife enough, it is forge welded damask sandwiching a top quality steel core. They're hand forged and finished, don't be fooled by the price their quality exceeds cnc made knifes costing hundreds of pounds. They are also a perfect carry here in the UK. A final tip is to insert a small strip of leather into the fold of the handle so the cutting edge will be protected when closed. Keep it soaked in oil and make it a push fit so it can be removed for cleaning if needed. Japanese sword oil with a few drops of clove oil added is the traditional oil to use.

  • 5
    Nice Damascus.

    Posted by Chris Inston on 19th Nov 2020

    This is a little work of art. Lovely Damascus pattern. Didn't come razor sharp out of the box like my other Hugo blades but a dit of work on my Lanksy rollbox and a strop and it is now like a scalpel.. Highly recommend this to anyone that likes Higonokami blades.

  • 5
    gorgeous, quirky blade

    Posted by Radim on 3rd Sep 2020

    I have tons of knives - SAKs, Svord, A Wright, British Army Knife etc but let me tell you - the Higo is without a doubt the most aesthetic of them all. I got it to complement my full on brass EDC (brass pen, brass torch and now knife too). It's sharp out of the box and the Damascus looks gorgeous. As with any knife there are few negatives but let me be clear - the don’t overshadow how cool and unique this knife is. Firstly I hoped that it was gonna be one hand opener (like my Svord) but this isn’t the case as the tang is short and the pins are quite stiff so you will have to use both hands (closing one handed is possible). My second gripe goes along with the first- because it' stiff to open, the scales actually scratched the blade around the pins – sadly that’s a design flaw but I can live with it (it’s a tool I am gonna use so it will scratch anyway) The Damascus is not a real Damascus (such as many layers steel) but probably just etched – it will scratch so you need to be careful. Other than that I absolutely love it – proper Japanese hand made, beautifully crafted, classy materials (brass) and it’s very light so you wont even feel it in your pocket. They sell quickly so if you see one, buy it!