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  • HIGONOKAMI Toumaki Blue #2 white/red rotan handle 70mm
  • HIGONOKAMI Toumaki Blue #2 white/red rotan handle 70mm

HIGONOKAMI Toumaki Blue #2 white/red rotan handle 70mm

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Pocket knife (Higonokami) • 70 mm • Blue #2 • Colored rattan handle • for left and right-handed use

Features of the Higonokami Toumaki

The Higonokami Toumaki is a small pocket knife. Completely hand-forged by Motosuke Nagao, 4th generation. The knife is completely forged from 1 piece of steel and the handle flows seamlessly into the blade. Note: Always store the blade clean and dry.

The handle is made of rattan. This material is a kind of hard liana that grows in tropical rainforests. It is very similar to bamboo, because they are both flexible materials that you can use for furniture, for example. The only difference is that bamboo is hollow and light and rattan is not.


Kurouchi is not a type of knife, but a traditional blade finish. Kurouchi literally translated means "knifesmith finish". By not grinding or polishing the remnants of the forging process from the blade, a dark finish remains. This black coating protects against oxidation, lowers manufacturing costs and gives the knife a traditional look. The characteristic look of this style is appreciated by many knife enthusiasts.

Blue steel, also known as Aogami/Aoki steel

This traditional steel is not named after its colour, but named after the colour of its paper wrapping, in which it is stored in the Hitachi steel factory in Japan. There are three different grades: super, #1 en #2. Blue steels use a high grade of carbon, chrome and vanadium added in their alloy. Aogami super even added extra tungsten. Aogami super is here " Best of both worlds" Blue #1 is for sharpness, Blue #2 for toughness. Blue steels are mostly seen in deba or usuba knives, white steels often in yanagibas. Aogami super is regarded as one of the best traditional steels by Japanese knifemakers, but difficult to work with. Blue steels are difficult to sharpen on a whetstone, but they remain sharp for a longer period, compared to white steels.

Elwin de Veld about Higonokami

''Higo no kami'' in Japanese means ''Lord of Higo''. Higo is the former name of the region where the knife originally came from, but "Higo no kami" is also an aristocratic title for a powerful samurai. Today all original Higonokami knives are made in Miki.

Forged entirely by hand by master Motosuke Nagao, who is now 4th generation of his family business. Nagao san family is linked to the origins of the first Higonokami knife. The hignokami has a double bevel and it's core is made of Shirogami White # 2. 

Please note, the knife is completely handmade, so the dimensions and appearance may vary slightly.

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