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Higonokami Brass Large

18+ UK Friendly carry
£82.95
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This is very much a “love it or hate it” kind of knife. It’s a simple folder with a folded metal handle, non-locking blade and a simple extended tang to open it. The Higonokami style is a friction folder, with no lock, held open by the user’s hand acting on the tang.


To those who would criticise, it’s a basic design with a fiddly, small, uncomfortable metal handle – which is true, but one needs to look beyond the first impressions, and examine the knife for the work of art that it is.


Others will appreciate the simplicity of the sparse, Nagao design – there’s nothing on this knife that’s surplus to requirements. The handle is perfectly proportioned, single piece of folded brass, containing the blade, with a scallop to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of brass washers, simply etched with radiant lines. The blade itself is from Japanese “White Paper Steel #1”, a carbon steel which is known for its excellent ability to take and hold an edge, together with its reputation for being extremely difficult to forge successfully.


The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a brass handle with a satin finish reverse-tanto blade.

SKU
HIGO12BR
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Colour:
Black
Age Restriction:
18+
Overall Length (cm)
16.9
Blade Material:
Paper Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.3
Sheath:
None
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.8
Handle Material:
Brass
Handle Colour:
Gold
Blade Colour:
Satin
Blade Type:
Plain
Product Weight (g)
0.05
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Handle Detail:
Brass
Newest:
2015-01-23 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
82.9500
GTIN:
00871373234022

Description


This is very much a “love it or hate it” kind of knife. It’s a simple folder with a folded metal handle, non-locking blade and a simple extended tang to open it. The Higonokami style is a friction folder, with no lock, held open by the user’s hand acting on the tang.


To those who would criticise, it’s a basic design with a fiddly, small, uncomfortable metal handle – which is true, but one needs to look beyond the first impressions, and examine the knife for the work of art that it is.


Others will appreciate the simplicity of the sparse, Nagao design – there’s nothing on this knife that’s surplus to requirements. The handle is perfectly proportioned, single piece of folded brass, containing the blade, with a scallop to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of brass washers, simply etched with radiant lines. The blade itself is from Japanese “White Paper Steel #1”, a carbon steel which is known for its excellent ability to take and hold an edge, together with its reputation for being extremely difficult to forge successfully.


The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a brass handle with a satin finish reverse-tanto blade.

Specification


SKU
HIGO12BR
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Colour:
Black
Age Restriction:
18+
Overall Length (cm)
16.9
Blade Material:
Paper Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.3
Sheath:
None
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.8
Handle Material:
Brass
Handle Colour:
Gold
Blade Colour:
Satin
Blade Type:
Plain
Product Weight (g)
0.05
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Handle Detail:
Brass
Newest:
2015-01-23 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
82.9500
GTIN:
00871373234022

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Reviews


  • 5
    Waterstones only

    Posted by Big Al on 10th Nov 2019

    Waterstones only on these knives!. King do a good combination stone, available from Heinnie I think. Use these with patience and no probs, cheers, Al.

  • 2
    Marmite with Problems

    Posted by If it's not industrial it's broken on 24th Nov 2018

    Given to me as a gift, I like the quirky nature of this knife, came with very serated blade, now honeing the edeg I find the metal has inner defects causing the edge to chipp and can hear it crumble when trying a draw sharpener, result I have an inconsistant cut, not happy that a nife with so mant oddities includes a defective blade, Was not supplied this time form HH or it would be sent for replacement, Sharp but jagged steep temper all wrong

  • 4
    Getting to Grips With The Marmite Knife

    Posted by If it's not industrial it's broken on 12th Apr 2018

    Need to update previous review, The steel is an odd one, the edge shattered when using a set of Lansky ceramic rods, I think it needs to have the heavily serrated saw toothing as originally supplied, personally i like a mirror finish bevel with a stropped edge, however this is not the way to sharpen this knife, Spent many hours re-cutting the blade edge and now have a seriously interesting and curious tool, getting to like this.

  • 5
    Hidden perfection

    Posted by BH from BELGIUM on 25th Oct 2016

    "La perfection est atteinte, non pas lorsqu' il n' y a plus rien   ajouter, mais lorsqu' il n' y a plus rien   retirer" ("Perfection is achieved, not when there 's nothing more to add, but when there' s nothing more to remove") Antoine de Saint-Exup©ry This is probably the best way to describe the Higo no kami knife. A blade (fantastic japanese blade); a handle (simple but solid); a sturdy pivot. These three elements make an undestructible cutting tool. The more you will use it, the more you will love it and give it your own personality. All in all, the Higo will shine if you want it to shine; the blade will be loose or stiff following your own criteria; and so on. In other words, you'll have to finish the work of Nagao san. Owning a Higo is a kind of collaboration between the blacksmith and you. Great experience. A home made pocket leather pouch hanging from the belt is my preferred way to EDC safely this wonderful knife Since I've been collecting them for some years, most of my Higo no kami knives usually come directly from Japan. PS. Sorry for the broken English. French speaking customer.

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