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Beautiful Japanese Higo Knife
100mm White Steel Blade
In the world of knives, the Higo Knife (traditionally known as the Higonokami) is truly a living fossil. This small Japanese pocket knife is one of the oldest knife designs still in production.
It remains basically unchanged since its inception in 1894 by Taseburo Shigematsu , a hardware wholesaler who brought back a knife from the Kyushu province and commissioned a blackamith from Hirata (named Murakami) to manufacture it.
Higo Knives became hugely popular in Japan and there were over 50 manufactures producing them until the 1960's when as the result of a political assassination, pocket knives where banned. The Higo knife's proud tradition came to a halt and they all but ceased to exist.
These particular Higo Knives are manufactured by Miyamoto in Japan who have been producing them since the early Showa period (1920's for you and me). Miyamoto is one of the very few original manufacturers remaining that continues the Higo Knife tradition, still employing the original forging techniques. Many consider their knives to be among the very finest currently being made.
The Higo Knife's reverse tanto style blade is created from HAND FORGED (you can see the black hammer marks), raw white steel which is capable of holding a razor sharp edge. The simple, painted black steel handle is engraved with the image of the legendary swordsman Musashi.
These knives are also known as "friction folders" and contain no locking mechanism. As such they are a bit stiff (to retain the closed blade) but loosen up a bit with use. The knife is opened using the forged lever tang.
The Higo Knife has an extremely thin profile and is very light weight making it the perfect pocket knife for those of you that not only appreciate something out of the ordinary but more importantly a piece of history.
Here are the specs on this exotic Higo Knife:
- - 100mm (3.9") Blade Length
- - 8.625" Overall Length
- - 3mm Blade Thickness
- - 2.3 oz Weight
- - Layered Raw White Steel Blade with Hand Forged Construction
- - Painted Black Steel Handle with Engravings
- - Lanyard Hole
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