BANSHU HAMONO Higonokami Folding Knife Brass

BANSHU HAMONO Higonokami Folding Knife Brass

from 35.00

XS: 91 mm unfolded with a 38 mm blade - W001
M: 165 mm unfolded with a 72 mm blade - W002
L: 175 mm unfolded with a 72 mm blade - W003
XL: 210 mm unfolded with a 95 mm blade W004

Japanese pocket knife, with a shape that hasn't changed since the Meiji period (1868-1912), this folding knife is very versatile. Only one last crafter, Motosuke Nagao, is able to produce Higonokami.

Established at Miki, one of the birthplace of iron-sand crafting in Hyogo prefecture, he is the 4th generation and one member of his family was part of the creation process of the famous pocket knife.
Handle is made of brass and the blade of steel and/or “blue steel” (aogami). As he is the last crafter making the Higonokami, Motosuke Nagao isn't able to verify the quality of its products, small imperfections may occur. Brass and steel can be perfectly polished and sharpened at home, making it a precious tool but patina is always coming back, showing higonokami's true value: being an humble and daily tool.

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Since the Edo era (1603-1868) the blacksmith and hardware industry known as Banshu (in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan) started long ago as a Katana (sword) manufacturers. Each sword carefully handmade which have stood the tests of time and are still remain an exceptional instrument. Banshu Hamono was originally a family business coming from this region and history of craftsmen. What began as an industry producing swords, they began to produce knives for the kitchen and have since expanded to now manufactures a variety of products including utility knives, traditional Japanese razors, Japanese gripping shears used for cutting thread, pruning shears, floral shears, and various gardening tools.   

Each individual piece is painstakingly hand-made by skilled craftsmen using the same techniques that have been employed for generations. For about 250 years, various new designs have been created to meet the needs of customers.

The craftsmen themselves have even responded to requests to re-sharpen the blades that they have manufactured. It's through this relationship that the blades may be used for a lifetime. Please see for yourself the blades that have been made by craftsmen each with care and a commitment to perfection.