The Higo knife (abbreviation of Higonokami or more correctly Higo no kami which means the Lord of Higo) is the typical Japanese pocket knife, which – for a certain period of time during the the last century – had become so popular in Japan, that everyone had at least one, including students who carried it to school every day in their schoolbag.
This folding knife is very practical and versatile, with a very simple blade opening system, through the pressure of the lever that comes out from the blade’s tail; it can be kept in the pocket or in the backpack, always at hand for any need.
Carbon and Stainless Steel Blades
Higo Japanese Pocket Knives are made mainly with 75 mm and 95 mm blades from high carbon steel or AISI 420 stainless steel. Some manufacturers also make limited productions with “SanMai” or Clad Steel blades, also known as sandwich steel; it is a three-layer laminated steel: an internal hard steel core to ensure a strong sharpening and long lasting edge and two layers of soft steel on the outside that give a slight flexibility to the blade.
The handle of the knife is made of burnished or polished metal and brass; some manufacturers make also small production lots with hand-decorated handles, packaged in precious wooden cases, such as the knife shown here.
Made in Miki, Japan
Higo pocket knives are produced almost exclusively by small craftsmen, mostly located in the town of Miki (Pref. of Hyogo), located 60 km west of Osaka and renowned for the long tradition in manufacturing knives and other cutting tools.
The Higo knife is just one of many high quality cutting tools from Japan, a Country recognized worldwide as the absolute leader in the production of top quality kitchen knives, hairdressing scissors, gardening shears and scissors of all kinds. Long experience, continuous research for the best materials and high skilled workers put Japanese manufacturers a cut above the rest.
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