Everything about the Japanese Higo no Kami pocket knife emanates tradition. In the past everyone in Japan, including school children, used to carry a knife like this. The Higo pocket knife was used to sharpen pencils and for many other tasks.
The blade is easy to open with the 'chikiri' (the lever at the end of the blade). As is common for this type of knife, it doesn't have a lock and the blade completely disappears inside the handle when closed.
Steel with a high concentration of carbon. It is very shock-resistant and also very tough. Some maintenance is required to keep the blade sharp, though. Fortunately, it's a very easy type of steel to sharpen. However, this steel is not corrosion-resistant.
|Right or left-handed||symmetrical|
|Blade shape||reverse tanto|
Mark Luggie, Walthamstow
Friday 29 November 2019
Beautiful item not very sharp from the box but takes an edge very well. Simple Japanese elegance.
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