Japanese Higonokami Blue Steel folding knife

Japanese Higonokami Blue Steel folding knife


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The joy of this knife lies in its simplicity. There are no bells or whistles, just the quality of the Aogami Blue Paper steel blade, which has been hand forged with care and precision. The Japanese reputation for extremely sharp and enduring blades is exemplified here in its purest form. Traditional in design, the action of the blade uses a chikiri or thumb peg to keep the blade open when in use. 

Although compact, the Higonokami knife has a good weight when held in the palm of the hand. It also improves with ownership: the brass handle will mellow with time and take on a rich patina. The action of the blade, initially stiff, will loosen with use and can be tightened with an uncomplicated rap on the rivet with a hammer.

Historically the Higonokami is a classic pocket knife, extensively used by farmers and artisans in Japan from the late nineteenth century. Roughly translated, the name means Lord-of-Higo, a title given by a Shogun to honour his Samurai.


Please note this item is only available for purchase in store. As our Japanese tools are handmade and take time to be produced to such high standards, please telephone before your visit to enquire about availability.

This item is not for sale to under 18 year olds. It must be used responsibly and appropriately.

Materials: Aogami Blue Paper steel, brass

Dimensions: Total L:18cm, (folded L:10cm); blade L:8cm, rivet to tip L:9cm, cutting edge L:8cm

Care: Use a whetstone to sharpen the blade

Note: Our Japanese tools are handmade and take time to be produced to such high standards. If this item is not in stock, we will have it on order, so please telephone to enquire.