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Nagao Higonokami - Mini Black

Nagao Higonokami - Mini Black

£11.95

Description

This is very much a “love it or hate it” kind of knife. It’s a simple folder with a folded metal handle, non-locking blade and a simple extended tang to open it. The Higonokami style is a friction folder, with no lock, held open by the user’s hand acting on the tang.

This is a sparse, Nagao design – there’s nothing on this knife that’s surplus to requirements. The handle is a perfectly proportioned, single piece of folded steel, containing the blade, scalloped to accommodate the fingers when the blade is open. The blade pivots around a rivet, spaced with a pair of brass washers, simply etched with radiant lines. The blade itself is from Japanese high carbon steel which is known for its excellent ability to take and hold an edge, together with its reputation for being extremely difficult to forge successfully.

The knifemaker’s ability is evident in this pure and simple design. This version has a black-painted steel handle with a satin finish tanto-style blade.

Specification

Code HIGO03BL
Limited Edition: No
Brand: Nagao Higonokami
Designer: Nagao Higonokami
Blade Material: High Carbon steel
Blade Length (cm): 6.5
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.2
Closed Length (cm): 9.10
Overall Length (cm): 15.8
Blade Type: Plain
Blade Shape: Tanto
Blade Finish: Satin
Handle Material: Steel
Handle Detail: Black coated steel
Lock Type: Non-locking
UK Friendly Carry: Yes
Sheath: No
Pocket Clip: No
Product Weight (g): 31

Reviews

  1. Not worth the moneyReview by
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    Blade was way off centre, dirty and not sharp!
    It’s a real shame as I was looking forward to owning this.

    Not happy :(
    (Posted on )
  2. Getting what you pay for.Review by
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    This was a Christmas gift, so has been in use for about 6 months.
    I love the look and simplicity of this little knife and can see why it might be just the kind of thing that Japanese peasants would carry. It's so basic that it's almost bomb-proof.

    In common with some other owners, my knife's blade contacted the bottom of the handle when closed and the sides of the handle were not parallel, hence the four stars.
    Both issues were easily resolved and once the blade was given a little love and attention it will shave arm hairs with ease.

    Not only is the Higonokami small, light and legal, it's unfussy and simply works the way it should. Having to pay a little attention to keeping it sharp and rust free is a small price to pay for a stylish blade which sells for so small a price.
    (Posted on )
  3. Great blade shapeReview by
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    Really useful shape and size, I’m sure if left in a damp place this knife would suffer, however looked after it’s so simple i can see it lasting a lifetime, small enough for a pocket, non threatening and a great addition to your collection where that fancy high spec knife is so precious it’s only used once e a year to sharpen a pencil. (Posted on )
  4. Great knifeReview by
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    It is a great knife very easy to sharpen, blade looks like it will rust easily. Slip joint needed some adjusment with a hammer as after a few uses it was quite loose. It is the recomended maintanance provided on the manufacturers website :) and now is just perfect. Love it, and probably will order one of the better steel ones. (Posted on )
  5. Superb heritage knifeReview by
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    I love the simplicity of this knife. It's sharp when it arrives but a few minutes work has it sharp enough to shave with.
    Hand made, each one is individual (I have several so can confirm this), the thought that I can buy a hand forged Japanese blade for just over a tenner is amazing.
    (Posted on )
  6. my new favourite (again)Review by
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    I've totally fallen for this knife. I had to reshape the handle a little with padded moles, and the finish is atrocious... but all in all this is the most beautifully functional knife i own. The blade steel is exquisite, the geometry is fantastic and it is the most useful cutting device i carry. The imperfections definitely add to the charm and the unfinished bits highlight the stark functionality of the design. (Posted on )
  7. Full of Eastern promise...Review by
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    The theory was sound. Would not a small friction folder, with the virtues of a carbon steel blade from a culture famous for its historical development of edged implements and boasting an easily maintained geometry, be an inexpensive yet effective tool for woodcarving or whittling?

    Initial impressions were less than jubilant. The joint truly was loose, with an appalling amount of lateral play. The grind, although with evident potential, was going to need some vigorous attention. The blade pivoted with almost subservient smoothness but also blithely smacked edge first into the folded steel handle without manually applying the brakes. And how on earth could one manage to hold and use it effectively but safely, with the right blend of deft finesse to actually carve, and tremor-inducing grip of grim determination in order to avoid inadvertent sharp force trauma? And sutures?

    The blade did sharpen up a treat. By treating it as a Scandi grind a la Mora, the converging slopes soon were beautifully keen. A matchstick sized strip of cork, slightly oversized to allow a really snug press fit now safeguards the edge. Still, an ideal grip technique seemed elusive.

    The trick is to slide your grip up onto the blade itself. Using the middle finger or even the ring finger, wrap around the stubby tail of the blade until it is firmly held. This works for push or pull cuts. Allow your forefinger to loosely rest against the side of the blade, to impart guidance and at times stabilise against the wood you are carving. Wrapping a middle or ring finger was, for me, the key to achieving a good working technique. Adopting a hybrid blade / handle hold somehow kept the joint play to a minimum. It was soon ignored.

    Anyone used to working with longer blades for bushcraft, whittling or woodcarving, will probably have discovered how versatile the sharp tip of even a fairly big blade can be.

    In this case it was the deep inner wall of a grinding mortar carved from a short piece of a limb pruned from a pear tree. Well seasoned for a few years. The wood is fairly hard, with a lovely tight dense grain that takes on a satiny smoothness with each pass of a good sharp blade, leaving that rewarding waxy appearance which only a keen edge can impart, perhaps especially noted across the otherwise difficult end grain. Great stuff!

    In next to no time at all there was a handful of pale fresh shavings as the inner bore of the mortar quickly grew. Pear wood is wonderful to work with. This was my first time using it, and I recommend it highly, if you can obtain a bit.

    By arriving at a better hold for the little Higonokami, it took off like a rocket, and eagerly showed me what it is capable of. The lightweight construction helps to make for comfortable carving sessions. The above gripping method was just a starting point, as it turns out. As I became better acquainted with this humble but effective carver, my grip found subtle variations. Soon I was focusing almost entirely on the interaction of blade and wood, and let instinct guide the hold. Unintentional exsanguination has not yet occurred.

    The tip is capable of truly tight corner manoeuvres, and by pinch gripping, it easily coped. So the little friction folder now has its place in my select group of favourite tools for this pleasant hobby. It does not replace anything of what I normally use. But it is a very welcome addition at a fraction of what could be paid for its surprisingly good performance!

    HH, domo arigato!
    (Posted on )
  8. Can't put it down Review by
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    I've been looking at friction folders for a while now and have decided to add some to my collection.so I must admit I did hesitate in buying this type but I'm so glad I did I have also bought the steel handled version with the better blade steel but find this one a far better knife than it's slightly bigger brother,it's got to be the cheapest knife I own but I like it and after reading the other reviews I've adjusted it to my preferences and it is my current EDC it's a cheap knife that I can use and abuse and if I did loose it or break its so cheap just buy another (Posted on )
  9. Excellent after basic workReview by
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    Needed tweaking in my vice, and a little sharpening, but now it's earnt it's place in my pocket.

    The handle gap was initially far too wide and the centering was poor. After a decently firm, even squash in a vice it's feeling and looking much better.

    The blade steel is fantastic and arrives moderately sharp. It sharpens very keenly indeed on ceramic with some cardboard stropping.

    I've got two of these now, impressed with the first, I ordered another after 3 weeks. My second was very loose and needed much more work than the first. Quality control on them isn't great but they are affordable. The second is now tight and I'm doing a bit of light patina forcing on it for fun.

    I use it an EDC and at work to cut nylon string. I've found other knives to be too fragile and rolled a few edges. The blade is thicker and feels more solid than a douk douk or opinel #5/6 (that I own and I've tried for this purpose).

    It looks somewhat different to most knives on the UK market and have had only positive/curious reactions when using it at work. My other go-to, the Imperial sodbuster jr was met with no reaction when noticed by anyone.

    Absolutely recommend the higonokami, it has a charming design history and it's still fit for purpose today. It's non threatening to most people as a UK EDC. The price means you can use it as a bit of a beater, as it's intended to be!

    Service from HH as usual deserves praise. One of the best online retailers I've ever ordered from.
    (Posted on )
  10. Worth the effort.Review by
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    I bought this knife because it is different.

    As an £11 collectors display Knife it would have gotten 3 stars. But...

    After half an hour in the shed it is definitely a 4 star user knife.
    In fact, for the two weeks i have had this knife it has been the only one i have carried outside the house. Every time i go to the box i find myself reaching for this knife, it is small, inoffensive and different.
    It fits in the small Case Suede Slip Pouche (https://www.heinnie.com/case-suede-slip-pouches) with the tang sticking out past the flap.

    My Job list:
    Closed the handle in a vice until parallel.
    re-tightened the pivot (with a hammer)
    Glued a strip of leather (2 inches of leather boot lace) into the slot to protect the edge.
    (Posted on )
  11. Quality hidden from Western BuyersReview by
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    I bought this because I have developed fascinations with both friction-folders and with carbon-steel blades.

    Initial viewing? This is more expensive than some of my Rough Riders and the finish is of a much lower standard. Blade back and "clip" point or "reverse tanto" aren't finished or smoothed. Plus there's a "ding" in the blade. Finally, it arrived "BaF" and I doubt it'd cut butter.

    Okay. Initial reactions outed; logical head on. This is a Japanese "peasant's knife" and has been around forever and with good reason. It feels good in the hand, has a solid blade and (I think) could be repaired in the field with two stones and a quick spit. And it cost a tenner.

    20 minutes and 40 strokes with every stone in my Lansky kit and I swear this blade could carve daylight. The blade metal is basic but, my word, the edge!

    A £10, nationality knife and talking point that you'd not cry over losing but could use every day? No ifs or buts, you need one.

    HH - ordered yesterday, arrived today. I don't know who you've sold your souls to but 2nd class mail DOESN'T work like that!
    (Posted on )
  12. Hit and Miss......Review by
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    I purchased this a while ago, as a potential add-on to a larger purchase. When I received the item the rivet was compressed just that little bit too much to make initial opening of the knife uncomfortable to say the least.

    Therefore I returned it, only to find that they are out of stock and that another could not be sent for awhile, I opted to cancel the purchase and looked to use my money elsewhere on another item.

    The reason three stars is that I can see a lot of potential, and those looking for a legal folding knife, this fits the bill perfectly. I'm tempted to purchase the slightly higher end versions of this, at some point and I'm sure they will not disappoint.

    As always Heinnie's service was impeccable and recommend highly....... which I do to all my friends and family.
    (Posted on )
  13. Curiousity valueReview by
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    Would rate lower if it wasn't so cheap.
    I'm really not sure what to think of this knife.
    On the one hand, it's really cheap, low-quality build.
    The steel on the back almost looks like it's about to flake apart into its layers.
    The opening is a bit stiff (but that's fine).
    The blade rests in contact with the sheathe when closed, which can cause dull spot?

    But!

    Then you cut something with it.
    And, wow.
    That's where it impresses.
    For a £9 knife it's very good quality, especially after taking some time to sharpen it even more.

    So, if you're interested in something that's going to be distinctly different to any of the classical western knives, and don't mind having to keep it oiled and maintained, it's worth it for the price just for the curiousity value.
    (Posted on )
  14. Superb for the priceReview by
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    Great pocket knife . It is particularly satisfying to have Japanese workmanship, steel and kanji writing on the handle for this price. The blade and tip shape is especially useful for whittling. (Posted on )
  15. My New Keyring KnifeReview by
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    Lovely, traditional steeped in history, outstanding Rustic charm and suprisingly sharp, my new key ring knife well for now anyway (Posted on )
  16. Wrongly describedReview by
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    Very sharp blade, ideal to keep in travelling kit. however handle is folded blackened steel not brass as described shame on you HH. Service & delivery otherwise excellent as usual. Knife would rate four stars for value and usefulness if description had been accurate. (Posted on )
  17. Hmmm!Review by
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    A bare minimum knife which both delights and disappoints. The blade strops to a razor edge and is very pleasing. The tiny size is pocket friendly. Hover the handle is awful. I've been playing around with pliers to improve the finish and the friction. The rivet is very loose. One must bear in mind this is a very cheap knife and it's nice to have hand crafting at such a low price. A bit of fiddling about will sort it. If I can get the blade a little firmer in the handle I'd give it 5 stars as I really like the blade.

    The knife came with the usual outstanding HH service.
    (Posted on )

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This might be a silly question but what stops the knife opening in your pocket and cutting your finger when you next put your hand in your pocket?
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Hi Neil it is a friction folder so pivot friction stops it opening in normal use.
Heinnie Haynes answered on 2 January 2018

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hey, when can i expect the knife to arrive?
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Hi Tahmid...when did you place the order?
heinnie answered on 21 December 2015

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