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Higonokami - Steel

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£17.95
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This is a simple version of a simple Japanese design, 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 of folded stainless steel, with a scallop to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of plain brass washers.


The blade is from Japanese SK steel, a good, straightforward material for blademaking. The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a satin stainless steel handle with a satin finish tanto blade.

SKU
HIGO06SL
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
6.9000
Overall Length (cm)
16.0000
Blade Material:
SK Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.2
Sheath:
None
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.1000
Handle Material:
Steel
Handle Colour:
Silver
Blade Colour:
Satin
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Tanto
Product Weight (g)
0.03
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Blade Length (cm)
7.0
Handle Detail:
Steel
Newest:
2015-01-23 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
17.9500
GTIN:
00871373233933

Description


This is a simple version of a simple Japanese design, 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 of folded stainless steel, with a scallop to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of plain brass washers.


The blade is from Japanese SK steel, a good, straightforward material for blademaking. The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a satin stainless steel handle with a satin finish tanto blade.

Specification


SKU
HIGO06SL
Brand:
Nagao Higonokami
Age Restriction:
18+
Blade Length (cm)
6.9000
Overall Length (cm)
16.0000
Blade Material:
SK Steel
Blade Thickness (cm)
0.2
Sheath:
None
UK Friendly Carry:
Yes
Closed Length (cm)
9.1000
Handle Material:
Steel
Handle Colour:
Silver
Blade Colour:
Satin
Blade Type:
Plain
Blade Shape:
Tanto
Product Weight (g)
0.03
Lock Type:
Non-locking
Blade Length (cm)
7.0
Handle Detail:
Steel
Newest:
2015-01-23 00:00:00
Shipping Group:
STANDARD
Parent Base Price:
17.9500
GTIN:
00871373233933

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Reviews


  • 5
    Higonokami uk legal pocket knife

    Posted by Robert Barbour on 11th Oct 2021

    Excellent blade, handle as advertise but it isn’t exactly comfortable to hold. So maybe not so good for whittling.

  • 1
    Awful Quality

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Aug 2021

    This is my second Higonokami and I have to say I'm very disappointed with the quality this time around. Obviously being handmade in a traditional way, you need to expect the quality to vary somewhat, but this knife is very poorly made. The handle initially looked fine until I turned it sideways and noticed the lower half was badly bent (as opposed to my other Higo which is almost perfectly straight). The folding action to get the blade out is also way, way too stiff and makes it almost a chore to unfold. The worst problem is that blade itself is very badly blemished and ugly to look at. In addition, the back of the blade is quite noticeably chipped and the lever is very rough and uncomfortable. This is just a minor nitpick, but this Higo came in a cheap plastic sleeve which just makes it feel even more like a knockoff. I wasn't expecting much in the way of presentation, but my first one at least came in a little cardboard box. Presentation matters.

  • 4
    A good novelty knife with decent steel.

    Posted by Jason C on 1st Dec 2020

    If you’re buying this I feel like you have to be buying it for the history (and the steel which seems great so far). Needed some work out the box with water stones, and does have a ‘handmade’ feel to it. I was hoping I could put up with the thin plate handle but it’s just not my cup of tea, especially given the blade just slaps down into it. 4 stars. Nice enough, and I’ll keep it, but to appreciate it I think you have to be buying into the style of it all rather than the finish and functionality.

  • 4
    Higonokami

    Posted by JR on 4th Nov 2020

    This is my second higonokami. My first one had an excellent blade. After using this one a couple of times I noticed that the blade felt a bit rough. Looking at the cutting edge with a magnifying glass small chips were visible. Ran the blade over some ceramic which made it worse. Same with carbide and diamond rod. Found an old article on the internet where someone had the same problem with their higonokami blade . It was suggested that the cutting edge should be filed down then sharpened on a water stone. So I blunted it with a file then had a few minutes with the water stone. The outcome after very little effort was a smooth and sharp blade with no chips. No idea what caused this problem, maybe some sharpening issue in the factory?? Anyway, the blade is now good and I'm happy with the knife. Would have given it 5 stars but one star deducted for having to sort the cutting edge.

  • 4
    It's not always about the look

    Posted by Andrew Price on 16th Oct 2020

    This is a very very basic knife. It is UK legal and is relatively small overall. It's not the greatest quality but I personally love it. I knew what I was in for but it's where it comes from and how it's made and the history behind the blade. Look up the information on the internet on Higonokami blades you will want one after you have researched it believe me you will

  • 5
    Best knife yet

    Posted by Adamus on 25th Sep 2020

    This is my first purchase and also first Higo knife. I love it because of the simple nature of its design, but also the blade shape and material. Worth every penny.

  • 5
    Quirky, authentic, ties to history, and just plain cool

    Posted by Hosleg on 27th Jun 2020

    First thing’s first; hats off to Heinnie’s, I’ve ordered from them a couple times now and they have both been a pleasure. This knife is a pretty quirky little item but it has an undeniable charm from its elegantly simple design. I can imagine a master blacksmith and a couple assistants throwing a couple dozen of these together an hour (it’s actually more like 50 which is why they’re so cheap.) But its understated practicality can’t be emphasised enough; it’s durable, it holds a good edge, and is surprisingly adept at whittling. There are some quality control issues that you can expect for something as cheap as these - but these issues didn’t bother me in the slightest compared with the rest of the knife. With my steel model I had to close the sides a touch either side of the blade using a pair of pliers, and the blade has a slight jiggle. The Damascus model has perfectly straight sides and a rock solid blade, but unfortunately came with the tiniest of chips in the blade. I was going to return and exchange it but Heinnie’s sold out in a couple days so I’d rather just keep it. Both, however, I’ve cut a small strip of cork and placed inside against the spine of the case so the blade isn’t slapping against the inside of the case every time I close it. One thing I particularly love are the inscriptions: without writing a book on it they are the official maker’s marks of Mitsuo Nagao, the 5th generation descendent of the founder of the Nagao Kanekoma Knife factory - the only factory legally allowed to use the name Higonokami on their knives. These are a direct link to the samurai of the late 1800’s and I think the history behind them is incredible. In any case, if the unorthodox tanto-shaped blade is something that piques your interest, I’d say to just go ahead and pull the trigger. Chances are you’ll be very happy with your purchase.

  • 5
    Brilliant knife

    Posted by Phil on 4th Mar 2020

    Absolutely brilliant pocket knife. Sharp af and I haven't even sharpened it yet. Very well made, easy to open. And arrived the next day. 10/10

  • 2
    Disappointed

    Posted by Mr_D on 1st Oct 2017

    The whole thing just feels extremely poorly made. Did I just get a bad one? Mine has a rough top side to the blade, to the point it almost catches your skin if you run your finger along it. Then the blade itself is blunt and doesn't seem to hold its sharpness *at all*. I've had it a few days and have had to sharpen it 3 times already - and believe me its only had basic use. Compare that to something like my Rough Rider EDC, which has held a seriously sharp blade for months now, and there's no comparison. A real shame as I actually love the basic design and simplicity here. Sadly it feels less like a professionally-made knife and more like a teenagers school project.

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