Nagao Kanekoma Higonokami SK Steel - Extra Large

$34.00 USD

Knife Information

1894- Mr. Tasaburo Shigematsu, a hardware wholesaler, introduced a new pocket knife with its blade and sheath folded by installing a small handle “Chikiri (tail)” on the blade, while inspired by the knife he brought back from Kagoshima.

He named it “Higonokami Knife” because many of his customers were in Kumamoto area (formally Higo country), which turned out to dramatically increase his sales. The blades have gradually changed their shapes. Unlike single-edged knives, the double-edged blades (V-shaped cross section) were in those days considered common. The earlier blades had a sharper tip (shape of a bamboo leaf), but now they have square shapes. The sheaths had a vertically folding style and a cross folding style, now the vertical one has to be custom made.

In 1911, at the First Kobe Export Articles Competitive Exhibition, Crown Prince (later Emperor Taisho) liked Higonokami on display very much and bought one, which is said to have helped its fame further spread.

The Higonikami is a fantastic traditional utility knife at a low cost. 


Style: Higonokami
Blade Length: 92mm
Weight: 70g
Bevel: Double Bevel
Blade Material: Laminated SK Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Black Nickel


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Recommended Maintenance

Store it in a dry environment using magnetic strips, knife rolls, or sayas. Avoid hitting hard or frozen objects and twisting the blade while cutting. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Clean with hot water and a soft cloth, and dry immediately after use to prevent rust spots on the high carbon steel. For more information please read the blog below.


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Based on 16 reviews
Chris Shepherd

Nagao Kanekoma Higonokami SK Steel - Extra Large

Ryan martin

Awesome little knife

Grant Barriball
Nagao Kanekoma Higonokami SK Steel

Awesome folding knife, not run of the mill, something a bit different with a great blade and great looks.

Lukey T
My every day carry

As a chef this knife always comes in handy, wether it’s opening bags, boxes or cutting through butchers twine, this knife comes out all the time and never fails me. Perfect size too so it fits in the pocket nicely. Would recommend 👌🏻

gabe lewis

Insanely well crafted and quick delivery I’ll definitely be shopping from here again the