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Japanese Higo Knife

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Traditionally known as the Higonokami, the "Higo" knife has been produced since the late 1920s.

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Knife is 4.25" closed with a slim profile, made for the pocket.

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Knife is 6.75" in length when open.

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Traditional Japanese folding design with thumb lever.

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Emblazoned with "Best Made" on one side and “Courage” on the other.

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Laminated Japanese white steel with a tsuchime (hand-hammered) finish.

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Japanese Higo Knife

Laminated Japanese white steel with a tsuchime (hand-hammered) finish, and a slim profile made for the pocket. Why not invest in something you will be proud to carry for a long time?

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Laminated Japanese white steel with a tsuchime (hand-hammered) finish, and a slim profile made for the pocket. Why not invest in something you will be proud to carry for a long time?

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A good pocket knife is invaluable, it goes wherever you go. Why not invest in something you will be proud to carry for a long time? The blade is laminated Japanese white steel with a tsuchime (hand-hammered) finish, and we love the slim profile, made for the pocket.

Traditionally known as the Higonokami, the "Higo" knife has been produced by Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. since the late 1920s. This style knife was developed in 1894 by the hardware wholesaler Tasaburo Shigematsu, and the blacksmith Sadaharu Murakami, and soon after it quickly rose to great renown in Japan. Over 50 manufacturers were known to be making the Higonokami knives, but by the early 1960s popularity waned and many of them stopped production. Luckily the Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. has continued the Higo tradition employing original forging techniques and has graciously stamped them exclusively for Best Made.

Specs
  • 4.25" (closed), 6.75" (open)
  • Ships with Best Made's Knife Handbook
Materials
  • Laminated white steel
  • Tsuchime finish (hand-hammered)
Origin
  • Made in Japan
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A good pocket knife is invaluable.The higo knife features a laminated steel blade with a Japanese Shirogami carbon steel core. The blade is hand hammered with a Tsuchime finish. It’s a traditional Japanese folding design with thumb lever. Made exclusively for us in Japan by a father son team. emblazoned with Best Made on one side and “Courage” on the other. Ships with our knife handbook with information on care and sharpening.

Care
Japanese Higo Care Tips
  • Always try to keep the blade clean and dry.
  • If cleaning, wipe with a rag dipped in mineral spirits or a mild detergent and water mixture, or rinse under hot water. Dry quickly and thoroughly afterwards.
  • Apply a thin coat of oil to the blade and folding hinge. About any household lubricant will suffice. This coat of oil will protect your knife from moisture and corrosion.
  • If rust starts to develop on the knife, remove immediately with steel wool or high grit sandpaper.
  • For severe rust open the knife and submerge the blade in a glass of vinegar. The vinegar will dissolve the rust, allowing you to remove it with a high grit wet/dry sandpaper.
  • Never allow the knife to sit submerged in water for an extended period of time.