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Higonokami friction folder.

Discussion in 'Knives' started by MOD-u-LAR, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. MOD-u-LAR

    MOD-u-LAR Loaded Pockets

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    I got one of these little guys the other day as something of an impulse buy. But not entirely so, for the last year or so I've been looking at and thinking about "older" folders. I prefer a fixed blade as my EDC/go to first knife. I also don't care for the modern trends in folders. So in the last month I've picked up an Opinel & a Higonokami.
    As for history the Japanese knife has got quite the tale. Going back to samurais, or their blacksmiths anyway. If your interested google it it's pretty cool. Also, there is only one guy making the things now and he's old.
    If anyone can think of any other old school cheap folders preferably with a great story or two attached to it let me know. I'm ALWAYS in the market for a good story. Thanks guys 'n gals.
     
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  2. k.o.milo

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    I love old folders, and you should chek out douk douk :)
     
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  3. mooshi
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    Svord Peasant, Mini Peasant :) I have the mini.
     
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  4. Zorro

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    Higonokami is THE EDC knife for thousand of Japanese people.
    Used for every situation, from sharpening a pencil to cutting everything.
    Most of the time, the balde is made of several steels, as the tradition of the Samurai smiths.

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    I thought that when the Japanese goverment tightened knife laws all but one factory stopped making them. I think there are a few different cutlery manufacturers making them now
     
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  6. Zorro

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    And I found recently some modern version of the Higo

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  7. Zorro

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    Or more "raw" - made by my friend Vinh (do not hesitate to consult his blog)

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  8. persco

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    That is nice.
     
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  9. Zorro

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    One of my favorite Japanese manufacturer is Motosuke Nagao
     
  10. MWDP

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    It's an excellent blade for a small amount of money, especially considering that the steel is laminated and tougher than anything else found on a knife with a similar price. Something similar to this would be the French Douk-Douk knife, another blade with a lot of history behind it - cheap as well :)
     
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  11. Matthew03

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    I really like these examples, interesting little blade.
     
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    Funny, I just ordered one of these 2 days ago, and have been fighting the urge to order a couple more. And then I come on here and your thread has me getting itchy again :cold:
     
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    I have a new found love for brass, I think one of these may be on my list soon.

    Lovely shot, beautiful knife.
     
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  14. KOKUSHI MUSOU

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    And I'm pretty sure that the Akihabara stabbing incident in 2008 prompted even stricter knife legislation.
     
  15. Blerv

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    I always hear the true "higonokami"s are pretty pedestrian in finish. The similar designs but not from the same lineage are finished better.

    Is this true? Any specific maker you folks would recommend. I like the use of Aogami Blue steel. Was tempted to get one and a leather case to put it back into once opened (if someone makes those).

    Thanks!
     
  16. WyOkBuckskin

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    I am curious as well. I have been looking at them but don't know if the $15 version is worth buying.
     
  17. Zorro

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    take a look Dictum website (googling it) for your higo and possible leather case.
    see Hunting and outdoor knives section - japanese folding knives
     
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  18. Blerv

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    Thank you :D!
     
  19. GrayMouser

    GrayMouser EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I just received what was supposed to be the 80mm one (it's actually 75) with SK steel, and I haven't used it a lot (one day at work cutting straps, packing tape, and opening sand bags), it did seem to dull pretty fast. It sharpens back up pretty fast too. This one's a little too small for my hands, I'll probably order the 100mm in either white or blue steel eventually.

    The fit and finish was a little rough, when closed, the blade was jiggling all over the place and would open about an inch and a half on its own. I used pliers to tighten the handle, and eventually found a place I could be comfortable with. Did not want this thing opening in my pocket and biting me.:(

    I'd say go ahead and buy one. For the price it's a neat little knife. Def not hard use, but we've all got that covered, right?;)


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  20. Zorro

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    Try with this kind of leather case. I have one and it's really safe and quite usefull for this special knife.
    I found it here

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