|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.8 x 0.6 x 0.2 inches|
|Item model number||7|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
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Higo no Kami 7 Pocket Knife by Nagao Seisakusho, Parkerized Black Satin Finish
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- Made by the last remaining manufacturer of this trademarked knife, Nagao Seisakusho
- Blade approximately 3", handle approximately 4"
- Warikomi steel
- Parkerized black satin handle
- Specifications and appearance may differ slightly due to the handmade nature of this product
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The Higo no Kami folding knife has a long history in Japan dating back to the late 19th century. A blacksmith is said to have added a simple lever to a minimally designed pocket knife to aid in opening and closing the blade and to set it apart from other knives. The knife proved to be successful and a guild was formed to oversee the manufacture of the knife. Only those belonging to the guild were allowed to manufacture the knife to specification and use the trademarked name "Higo no Kami". The term "Higo no Kami" means "Lord of Higo" in Japanese, in honor of the Lord of the Kyushu area of Japan, where the knife originated. Today, each Higo no Kami knife is still handmade by the last remaining maker in the guild, Nagao Seisakusho.
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2. Steeped in history
It also has the ability to have an insanely sharp edge.
Some point you should consider:
It's high carbon steel, it will develop a patina, which is okay. It will also rust if you do not take care of it. And by take care of it I mean wipe it down when you're done using it.
It will require sharpening if you want it wicked sharp...also okay. A 15$ knife will require upkeep/work. That is expected. I
If it becomes loose at the rivet, tap it with a hammer gently. OR use an o-ring to keep it closed when it's in your pocket. Both are extremely easy fixes.
It doesn't have a lock, so be smart with it. It's a light duty knife.
I put mine on a wet stone and it's shaving sharp now. I carry it at the office as non knife people don't seem to mind it. I will be purchasing more for myself and friends.
I like that I have to take care of the blade, or it will deteriorate. Also, it probably holds an edge better than the typical stainless. I have been using it as my food knife when I'm at work and I need to cut some food. I have other knives for utility things (this doesn't lock, so I want to use it for more light duty things). I clean it off afterwards. And I keep it wiped down with mineral oil (like the kind you would rub on a cutting board) to ward off the rust. I didn't want to use like 3-in-1 oil or anything since I cut food with it.
It's really just a beautiful blade. A work of art. It's refreshing how simple, yet effective, it is. A wonderful addition to my pockets.
Thank you, creator, for forging this blade. It has brought me happiness.
Mine came in the yellow gift box as pictured (order fulfilled by Amazon on Jan 11, 2016). The blade is obviously hand made. It's thick and substantial, and rough and blackened on the back. Blade came heavily oiled, and I plan on keeping it clean and oiled, since this style of carbon steel will rust. It came respectably sharp, but not razor sharp; it seems relatively easy to sharpen (sharpened using one of those new fangled diamond stones). The edge has a slight (barely perceptible) wave to it, but it's perfectly smooth (whoever sharpened it did a careful job). The brass handle rivet provides ample resistance, but I've heard that it loosens over time, which I will address when it happens using a hammer. I got the black handle, which appears to be brass with a nickel plating, and some kind of oxidation treatment or something to blacken the outside of the nickel plating. I expect the black will rub down to silvery nickel in places, which will add to the character IMHO. When you close it, if you push it all the way in the blade edge WILL hit the back of the case. So, when you close this knife, you HAVE to do it with care, or you will chip the blade edge. Thoughtful care and mantainence is a necessity with this knife, all around, or you will quickly end up with a rusty jagged piece of junk. Treat it gently, wipe after using, rub it regularly with mineral oil, and hammer the rivet when it gets loose, and you'll have a very nice and unique tool for years to come.
I plan on carrying this in my pocket for random everyday tasks. Also, I occasionally carve violin bridges, and this might be useful for some parts of that task. It's made to be an easy-to-carry tool for general light tasks and crafts.
If you want something convenient with no mantainence that you use to pry and hack and saw at stuff, buy something else.
UPDATE: I've had this for a while, now, carry it in my backpack every day. Still in great shape. Keeping it sharp is not a problem. Super useful little tool. And, it's held up and kept in good shape way better than I had originally anticipated.
The one I got came without a box, only covered by a plastic bag and put in an envelope. When I opened the bag, a familiar smell came out— Chinese gun lubricant/cosmolin (smells like Chinese surplus rifle). There's no stamped/engraved kanji on the blade. The blade is way too blunt for pocket knife, also the (crude) polishing is definitely done by machine. The handle is also poorly made (you can see the HUGE gap). I'm 99% sure it's a knock-off.
The only reason I give it 2 stars rather than 1 is that it's still functional. Also, the blade is hand-made (not a mono-block steel plate).
BTW, the one I got was sold by AKIBA JAPAN, not "sold by Amazon". The plastic bag has a barcode "X0015LTDB1".
Is the steel good? No idea.
How's the locking mechanism? Uh...it's your thumb.
Fit and finish? 'Lacking' would be an apt response.
But who cares? This is art. You can feel the rough edges on the back of the blade, perhaps find a few flaws, but that's part of it - you can completely appreciate the fact that this knife was made by an old guy with a hammer and a forge, not by a machine. The knife itself is utterly simple: a handle made of a bent piece of brass which hinges around a steel blade.
I bought this knife more for its story than for the sum of its parts. Half the fun was going through articles and video reviews trying to find out what each of the markings meant. It's an old design, and was hand made in Japan by the one guy who's still allowed to manufacture them under the Higonokami name. For those wondering, yes it comes in the proper yellow box. To my limited knowledge, it bears all the proper marks of authenticity.
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The blade looks as though it was ground in 30 seconds with a 60 grit belt.Read more
Not really sharp.
Not easy to open/close.Read more