This full-size Japanese friction folder by Nagao Higonokami 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 black stainless steel and has kanjis (Japanese lettering) stamped into the side. The black stainless steel handle also hides the 3" white steel blade perfectly when closed. The simple and effective lever on the blade assists with the opening. The handle is equipped with a lanyard hole making this simply designed pocket knife great for an EDC (Every Day Carry).
Currently, all Higonokami are handmade by artisan craftsman Mr. Mitsuo Nagao, the fifth generation of Higonokami maker.
Higonokami is patented. Although there are plenty of people trying to copy the design, Mr. Nagao is the only person on earth that is allowed to make the original Higonokami knife.
Blade Material: White Paper Steel
Blade Length: 3" / 75mm
Length Closed: 3.75"
Length Open: 6.75"
Weight: 45 g
Locking System: Friction
Made in Japan
What is White Paper Steel?
Shirogami or White Paper Steel is a very pure type of steel usually found in iron-rich river sand, with only carbon as an alloy.
White Paper Steel is identical to the legendary Tamahagene steel used for the production of Japanese katana but made in a more advanced method. It has a slim range of temperatures for hardening and thus requires the blacksmith to be very skilled.