The blade is made of layered Blue Paper Steel with a genuine brass handle that will look classy in every occasion. And looking good is not the only benefit of Higonokami made of Blue Paper Steel.
The Higonokami Hikari is lightweight, deploys easy, sharp and yet, it does not look intimidating. Let's admit that we carry a knife for utility purposes. And this my friend, is a superb utility blade that you can wield it in public (for utility purposes) and nobody will frown at you.
Of course, if you are not into the design, you can skip this. BUT, if you are into traditional design, the basic design of this knife has not changed for 122 years.
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: Blue Paper Steel
- Blade Length: 2.83" / 72mm
- Length Closed: 3.86"
- Length Open: 6.69"
- Handle: Hammered Brass
- Weight: 47 g
- Extended Tang
- Locking System: Friction Lock
- Made in Japan
What is Blue Paper Steel?
Origin. It is called Blue Paper Steel because its manufacturer Hitachi packs them with a piece of blue paper. It has a cousin called White Paper Steel. White Paper Steel is identical to the traditional Tamahagene steel used for the production of Samurai sword but made in a modern way.
Blue Paper Steel is White Paper Steel with the addition of small quantities of chrome and Wolfram. That improves the characteristics of Blue Paper Steel making it better corrosion and chipping resistant comparing White Paper Steel.
You will find Blue Paper Steel in high-end cutlery for its superior edge retention and ease of sharpening.
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