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Higonokami Hoseki Damascus

18+
£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
GTIN
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length:
7.5000
Overall Length:
16.5000
Blade Material:
Damascus
Blade Thickness:
0.26
Cutting Edge:
7.1
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length:
10.2000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Brass
Blade Shape:
Reverse Tanto
Product Weight:
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:
7.5000
Overall Length:
16.5000
Blade Material:
Damascus
Blade Thickness:
0.26
Cutting Edge:
7.1
Sheath:
No
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length:
10.2000
Pocket Clip:
No
Handle Material:
Brass
Blade Shape:
Reverse Tanto
Product Weight:
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
    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!

  • 5
    Excellent

    Posted by James. on 24th Aug 2020

    Hum'd and haw'd about buying this knife for so long, see my previous reviews between John and myself. Finally decided to take the plunge recently as I so badly wanted to add another damascus steel bladed knife to my collection. Needn't have worried as when knife arrived, within HH's 24 hours, it was shaving hairs off my arm straight out the box which is sharp enough even for a fusspot like me. Down side was it was a two handed open and close job when it first arrived as the pivot was so stiff. Despite being tempted to oil it I refrained from doing so and just kept it by my bedside cabinet and opened and closed it with both hands for a couple of minutes every night for 2-3 weeks. Now opens smooth as silk one handed. Result !!

  • 5
    Excellent

    Posted by David S on 3rd Mar 2020

    A little confused about this knife's provenance - HH 's website shows the maker as Nagao Higonokami, but it arrives in a box printed with Boker 's details and no other information as to its origins (unless the large Japanese characters on the top of the box, which are a reproduction of those stamped on the knife handle, contain that information). Anyway, I wrote to Boker who replied informing me that they source these knives "from a supplier in Japan", which, although that doesn't tell me where or by whom they are actually made, is at least an indicator that they're the real Japanese article. But on to the knife itself - really pleased. A simple but perfectly crafted little pocket user. The friction joint has just the right amount of stiffness (I'm told that if it gets too loose you just hit the pivot rivet head with a hammer), the blade came sharp and easily sharpened further on the strop, the sexy Damascus steel a luxurious bonus.

  • 5
    Great.

    Posted by Reece on 4th Feb 2020

    Made to a much higher standard than the blue paper steel higo I ordered a few months ago, beautiful to look at, much better f&f and 'factory edge' and 13 pounds cheaper thant the BPS higo. All of these knives are fantastic at whittling.

  • 5
    Satisfyingly Authentic.

    Posted by Wiz on 24th Jan 2020

    A little piece of genuine Japanese craftsmanship in your pocket, what's not to love!? Ok, the blade isn't super sharp out of the box, it isn't stainless and it isn't highly polished, but the charm of this little legal-carry knife is way more than its price would suggest. The layers of Damascus steel are distinct and display prettily on the blade. It's very sturdy, with no play and whilst it's riveted and cannot therefore be tightened by screw if it becomes loose over time, a light tap with a hammer is the approved method to tighten it right back up again for years more service. Sharpening it is easy enough for most enthusiasts. Polishing it up and lacquering the brass might be fun to make it look even more classy, but just as a simple, sturdy, effective EDC, I can't think of anything nicer to own - certainly not close to this price-point.

  • 5
    full review

    Posted by John on 18th Jan 2020

    This is the most precise traditional higonokami I have received and I own a few , grind lines are spot on and even the chikiri (lever) is nicely finished. It arrived with a zero grind with no micro bevel and was sharp enough to use but not shaving sharp, a little time on my fine water stones and a strop and it's hair popping sharp. The blade is the usual san mai construction with the damask supporting japanese cobolt steel which is extremely hard and holds a lasting edge it will chip if you are stupid whith it so dont try smacking it through hard material use it as a pocket knife. The price is unbelievable this is a hand forged damascus knife made by a Japanese master smith we usually have to pay 400 quid for something of this quality made in the states. To top it off it's UK legal so get your orders in while Heinnie can still get them.

  • 5
    Much appreciated John.

    Posted by James. on 17th Jan 2020

    Sounds as if I will have to give this one a pass. I don't have the skill or the tools to make this knife as sharp as I would like by your account. Pity. I have many knives in my collection and it is always utmost in my decision to purchase a new knife if previous buyers give it a good or bad out of the box sharpness rating. This shouldn't be the case as in my opinion ALL knives should come very sharp. Nobody goes out of their way to buy a knife that is blunt and only suitable for spreading butter. I already own a good butter knife, years old, and I don't need any more than one. I suppose that at the end of the day it all boils down to money. You only get what you pay for. My last two knife purchases from HH were £115 and £95 and both knives are razor sharp.

  • 5
    ????

    Posted by James. on 10th Jan 2020

    Any buyers of this knife have any reviews for me. Quite fancy adding one to my collection, but bought a knife of this style once before and it was so blunt. Spent quite a bit of time attempting to put an edge on it without success. Decent knife sharpening is a skill, one which I don't have. I have to buy my knives sharp straight out the box from the manufacturer. As it should be..

  • 5
    for James

    Posted by John on 10th Jan 2020

    They don't usually arrive very sharp ,although the one in the photo looks pretty well sharpened. You will need a set of japanese water stones to properly sharpen one they should be zero ground with a slight convex. Ceramic or diamond stones will cause micro chipping on the edge any of the sharpening systems will not work well on it .Mine are the sharpest things in my collection once sharpened properly they only need regular stropping. If you are not sure I would recommend phoning Heinnie and talking to Nick or Richard they are great guy's and will give you honest advice , finally I would highly recomend one they are a gift at this price.