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Higonokami Hoseki Damascus

18+ UK Friendly carry
$49.10
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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


  • 4
    Ornamental but Worth It

    Posted by Magnus on 14th Sep 2021

    Simplistic design is as wonderful as any Higonokami, the Damascus blade a subtle addition with fine workmanship. Barely sharp out of the box and only good as a letter opener but with some whetstone effort easily a very attractive EDC pocket knife although the blade mechanism protrudes somewhat so the knife doesn't lie flat. Buy the cheaper versions for function but buy this for style!

  • 5
    Vintage gentleman’s folder

    Posted by Mark on 20th Aug 2021

    I already own the basic version, and bought this one based on that purchase. (The blade shape and ability to get it razor sharp are it’s virtues) This version is more of that plus it’s also more stain resistant. This knife is expensive given it’s basic design but the blade quality more than makes up for this and actually this is the best small gentleman’s folder edc on the market, it fits any pocket and is the most usable knife for any small tasks. Absolutely ideal for sculpting plaster board and opening your lunchtime sandwich packet. Once you’ve got it spend a little time honing on a wet stone and polishing the brass and then leave it (apart from an occasional strop) for ever. (Oh after a few years you may like to tighten the blade with a GENTLE bash on the rivet with a small hammer against a vice)

  • 5
    What a knife

    Posted by Simon F on 16th Aug 2021

    This thing is beautiful . If you like Damascus blades you can’t go wrong with this bad boy. It is cheap and elegant . Really well made and the history behind the company is another reason to own it.

  • 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!

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