JAPANESE KNIVES AND KNIFE SHARPENING
A Higonokami is a folding pocket knife originating in Miki, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan in 1896. When the name "Higonokami" was trademarked in 1910 there were 40 families making the pocketknives. Now there is only one manufacturer, Nagao Kanekoma Factory, which is legally allowed to call its knives "Higonokami". For over 100 years the family factory has made knives and is currently managed by the fifth generation blacksmith Mitsuo Nagao.
It is a mono steel knife made from SK, high carbon steel. Carbon steel knives are known for their sharpness, edge retention, and durability. They hold a sharp edge for a long time and are easy to sharpen and maintain. However, they require proper care to prevent rust and will “patina” after cutting highly acidic or alkaline foods.
Measurements and photographs are taken from a random knife and may differ from the knife you receive.
This knife is made from carbon steel and will form rust if it is left wet after use.