Higonokami pocketknives proved very successful and were very popular in Japan. The popularity of the blades dwindled after the tightening of knife legislation in Japan in 1961. Known as the gentleman’s steak knife, one could conceal this when going out to dinner legally under the tightened legislation banning weapons in Japan.
Higo knives were originally known as a carpenter’s blade and This beautifully crafted folding knife is an extremely handsome accessory, whether carried as a tasteful pocket knife or a personal steak knife.
First manufactured in 1896 in Meiji-era Japan, this style of knife is considered to be the first Japanese pocket knife. One of the key characteristics of the traditional Higo-No Kami is that when the knife is closed, part of the blade tang protrudes and can be used like a small lever to open the knife with one hand. Whether purchased for yourself or as a gift, the Higo-No Kami is a possession of understated elegance.
This full size Japanese friction folder by Nagao Higonokamia and is a simple yet eloquent knife that is more than capable of getting the job done. The handle is made from a folded sheet of brass and has kanjis (Japanese lettering) stamped into the side. The brass handle also hides the 3" damascus steel blade perfectly when closed. The simple and effective lever on the blade assists with opening. The handle is equipped with a lanyard hole making this simply designed pocket knife great for an EDC (Every Day Carry).