Banshu Hamono Nagao Kanekoma Higonokami - X-Small Brass

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Traditional Japanese higonokami pocket knife, with a carbon steel warikomi blade, made by Nagao Kanekoma in Hyogo Prefecture. "Warikomi" is a technique where the carbon steel cutting edge is sandwiched between softer iron to protect it, while retaining its cutting properties.

The Extra Small and Pocket Size versions both have a brass handle. Each knife is packaged in a leather pouch, available in three colours. It can be attached to a keychain, which makes this size higonokami a useful everyday blade.

Two sizes are available:

  • Extra Small: 90mm (L) x 15mm (W) x 8mm (H)
    Length when open: 90 mm (blade length = 38mm)

Available with a leather pouch in three different colours:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Brown

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Higonokami have a long history dating back to 1896 as a small blade which could be manufactured by bladesmiths who lost business due to the ban on samurais carrying swords in public. They became very popular, but in 1961 another ban on carrying them to schools and other public places in Japan reduced their popularity. Albeit on a smaller scale, to this day they are still being manufactured in the same way and with the same materials as more than a century ago.

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NAGAO KANEKOMA FACTORY was established in 1894 by Komataro Nagao in Miki, now part of Hyogo Prefecture. With its twin city Ono, the Banshu region was known for cutlery and steel tool production. It became one of the manufacturers of higonokami shortly after establishment. The official guild of higonokami makers at one stage totalled forty members, but now Nagao Kanekoma Factory is the only one left. It is currently managed by the fifth generation blacksmith Mitsuo Nagao.

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