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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Black
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Black

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C black

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made of Japanese JIS S55C high-carbon steel (non-rustproof). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the only master smith who can make…

    € 16,00 € 14,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Black -Emperor limited edition-
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Black -Emperor limited edition-

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C black, - limited edition -

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made from Japanese JIS S55C high-carbon steel (non-stainless). This simple but effective double-sided sharpened knife is completely…

    € 20,00 € 18,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made of Japanese JIS S55C high-carbon steel (non-rustproof). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the only master smith who can…

    € 17,00 € 15,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome -Emperor limited edition-
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome -Emperor limited edition-

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami S55C Chrome, - limited edition -

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made of Japanese JIS S55C high-carbon steel (non-rustproof). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged

    by the only…

    € 19,00 € 17,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Black
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Black

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Black,

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made of Japanese SK-5 carbon steel (non-stainless). This hard core steel is clamped with a softer steel type for protection. Due to the high hardness of the…

    € 22,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Chrome
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Chrome

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Chrome

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made from Japanese SK-5 carbon steel (non-stainless). This hard core steel is clamped with a softer steel type for protection. Due to the high hardness of the…

    € 24,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Chrome XL
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami SK-5 Chrome XL

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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Chrome XL

    This Japanese Higonokami knife is made of Japanese SK-5 carbon steel (non-stainless). This hard core steel is forged betweer 2 layers of softer steel for protection. Due to…

    € 34,00 € 26,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami Original Brass
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami Original Brass

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Original,

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by the only master smith who…

    € 49,00 € 40,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami Waterdrop
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami Waterdrop

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami with special water drop decoration,

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by…

    € 49,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Hammer forged, black blade, Chrome handle
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Hammer forged, black blade, Chrome handle

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami, Hammer Forged Aogami,

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless) that is hammer forged with the Sanmai technique. With this technique the…

    € 45,00 € 41,00
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    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami - mini - Emperor Ring
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Aogami - mini - Emperor Ring

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami mini with bell and Emperor ring,

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by hand…

    € 24,95 € 19,95
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba (Bamboo leaf) Black
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba (Bamboo leaf) Black

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba Black, 100 mm

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami # 2 steel (non-stainless) with a black painted brass handle. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by…

    € 69,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba (Bamboo leaf) Gold
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba (Bamboo leaf) Gold

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Sasaba Brass, 100 mm

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami # 2 steel (non-stainless) with a brass handle. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by hand by the…

    € 69,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata (Sword Shape) Black
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata (Sword Shape) Black

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata Black, 100 mm

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami # 2 steel (non-stainless) with a black painted brass handle. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged…

    € 79,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata (Sword shape) Gold
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata (Sword shape) Gold

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami Kengata Brass, 100 mm

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami # 2 steel (non-stainless) with a brass handle. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by hand by the…

    € 79,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higonokami VG-10
    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami VG-10

    Motosuke Nagao Higonokami VG-10, 100 mm

    This Japanese Higonokami knife has a core of Japanese VG-10 steel (stainless) with a stainless steel handle. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely forged by hand by the only…

    € 65,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Omamori Kogatana - sword shape -
    Motosuke Nagao Omamori Kogatana - sword shape -

    Motosuke Nagao Omamori kogatana,

    This Japanese kogatana knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the master blacksmith…

    € 59,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Higo Kogatana - leaf shape -
    Motosuke Nagao Higo Kogatana - leaf shape -

    Motosuke Nagao Higo kogatana,

    This Japanese kogatana knife has a core of Japanese Aogami #1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the masters Motosuke Nagao. The…

    € 39,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Toumaki kogatana
    Motosuke Nagao Toumaki kogatana

    Motosuke Nagao Toumaki kogatana,

    This Japanese Toumaki knife has a core of Japanese Aogami #2 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-rustproof). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the masters Motosuke Nagao.…

    € 69,00
  • Motosuke Nagao Chirimen Kogatana
    Motosuke Nagao Chirimen Kogatana

    Motosuke Nagao Chirimen kogatana,

    This Japanese Chirimen kogatana knife has a core of Japanese Aogami # 1 "Blue paper" carbon steel (non-stainless). This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by the master…

    € 69,00
  • Tomita Higo Naifu Rentetsu, hammer forged, black blade
    Tomita Higo Naifu Rentetsu, hammer forged, black blade

    Tomita Higo Naifu Rentetsu 100 mm

    This Japanese Higo knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami # 2 "White paper" carbon steel (non-stainless) with an outer layer and handle of soft and rolled Rentetsu steel (120-130 year old wrought…

    € 185,00
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Pocket knives(Higonokami)

The original Higonokami knives are exclusively manufactured in the Kanekoma forge by Motosuke Nagao (Miki), descending from four generations of blacksmiths. Motosuke Nagao is now quite old and his succession is not guaranteed. There is a danger that the real Higonokami knives will disappear. The "Higo" knives with a Samurai figure on the blade are fine knives but formally no "real" Higonokamis. 

Higonokami

A Higonokami pocket knife was traditionally used for small jobs in and around the house, to peel an apple, to sharpen pencils, during camping trips, etc. Actually it is the "Opinel" of Japan but made of a superior steel type. The blade is slightly curved and is roughly finished at the top. This reinforces the traditional feeling with this knife. The steel is hand-forged and extremely hard (usually Japanese Aogami "Blue paper steel" with a Rockwell hardness of> 62), the cheaper versions are made of S55C or SK steel (60-61 HRc). These very affordable knives are made under great time pressure in only 1 small smithy and are not perfectly finished from the factory, many people choose to finish the knife at home and polish it so that it gets a personal character.

The most famous model is called "Sada Koma" and is available in four sizes small (S), medium (M), large (L) and extra large (EL). This knife has a brass handle like on the photo on the right. Other handles are for example steel, titanium or silver.

These are the characteristics of a Higonokami knife:

  • A handle made of a folded casing of brass, steel, or titanium, stamped with Japanese Kanji characters that shows the name of the maker and the steel type of the blade.
  • The presence of a Chikiri (the lever at the end of the blade) The lack of a locking system.
  • The fact that the blade completely disappears in the handle when the blade is closed. Note that the length of the blade is traditionally measured from the point to the Chikiri (lever).
  • The actual cutting edge is much shorter (65 mm with a 90 mm blade).

Here a nice explanation about the origin of these traditional pocket knives.

We only sell the knives in our range to people aged 18 and older. By ordering a knife with us, you declare to be over 18 years old!

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