Ethnic Series suggestion, Japanese Higonokami.

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Ethnic Series suggestion, Japanese Higonokami.

Postby einstein2001 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:58 am

So I'm really excited about a knife I just ordered which is a Traditional Japanese Higonokami. This knife is a simple friction folder with a hand forged, Aigami #2, San Mai blade. The handle is simply a stamped sheet of brass that's been folded over and the pivot pinned. This knife has a long and rich history and will fit in nicely with my other inexpensive traditional carbon steel knives, the Opinel and Mora.

Here is an excellent writeup of the Higonokami story at BBF.

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I started thinking and got the idea of a Spyderco Higonokami Ehnic Folder. With Spydercos ties to the knifemakers in the Miki region and this knifes storied history, I'm hoping this is could be a possibility.
I was originally thinking just a spyderized verson of the friction folder then I saw the Shun Higo Nokami. This look like a very nice Higonokami style knife with a liner lock that's being marketed as a personal steak knife.

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This really got me thinking. Now I'm envisioning a San Mai Aiogami inverted tanto with a small spyderhole, titanium framelock, brass scale stamped with the spyder logo, and the lever acting like a flipper. :cool:

Anybody else with me on this one? :)

:spyder: Kumo Foruda (Spider Folder) :spyder:
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Postby D1omedes » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:18 pm

I think that sounds great. Spyderco already has the laminated SB blades coming out and I'm sure they would translate well to a Higonokami design. I wouldn't mind a liner lock if that was able to keep cost down. The brass scale would look nice but I think carbon fiber or G10 (gray or navy blue) would be a nice upgrade that would enhance utility.

Just curious, where were you able to order one?

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Postby xceptnl » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:21 pm

einstein2001 wrote: ...I was originally thinking just a spyderized verson of the friction folder then I saw the Shun Higo Nokami. This look like a very nice Higonokami style knife with a liner lock that's being marketed as a personal steak knife.

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This really got me thinking. Now I'm envisioning a San Mai Aiogami inverted tanto with a small spyderhole, titanium framelock, brass scale stamped with the spyder logo, and the lever acting like a flipper. :cool:

Anybody else with me on this one? :)

:spyder: Kumo Foruda (Spider Folder) :spyder:
I have always been a fan of this persoanl steak knife from Shun, I just never dedicated the funds to it to actually get one.
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Postby Dodge » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:21 pm

i have a design drawn up for this exact knife. i'll post it when I get home

It's the bottom one

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Postby ZL1 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:27 pm

I don't think I'd buy one, but a think a Spyderco Folding Steak knife would be cool to have on the lineup

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Postby Blerv » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:49 pm

Great minds think alike ;)

http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthre ... Higonokami

The only reason I dug that up was because Ed and some folks put some insight into it. No intent to say you should have searched.

I never did buy one of those. Hope you enjoy yours! Let us know what you think :D .
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Postby Bladekeeper » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:54 pm

einstein2001 wrote:So I'm really excited about a knife I just ordered which is a Traditional Japanese Higonokami. This knife is a simple friction folder with a hand forged, Aigami #2, San Mai blade. The handle is simply a stamped sheet of brass that's been folded over and the pivot pinned. This knife has a long and rich history and will fit in nicely with my other inexpensive traditional carbon steel knives, the Opinel and Mora.

Here is an excellent writeup of the Higonokami story at BBF.

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I started thinking and got the idea of a Spyderco Higonokami Ehnic Folder. With Spydercos ties to the knifemakers in the Miki region and this knifes storied history, I'm hoping this is could be a possibility.
I was originally thinking just a spyderized verson of the friction folder then I saw the Shun Higo Nokami. This look like a very nice Higonokami style knife with a liner lock that's being marketed as a personal steak knife.

Image

This really got me thinking. Now I'm envisioning a San Mai Aiogami inverted tanto with a small spyderhole, titanium framelock, brass scale stamped with the spyder logo, and the lever acting like a flipper. :cool:

Anybody else with me on this one? :)

:spyder: Kumo Foruda (Spider Folder) :spyder:
Is that the Pierre Supper you have there what's your opinion of it if you please if it is that manufacturer.

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Postby Jax » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:33 pm

Both are really cool knives.
Maybe with spyderco's first friction folder coming out,they will do other designs later?
Perhaps this one would be a good choice for them if they do.
I like folded handled friction folders,I was considering doing one before I got out of knife making,they are elegant in their simplisity.

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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:40 pm

Okay, since we're talking about ethnic knives, what about spyderco's take on a jambiya?

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Postby Chipped Karambit » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:50 pm

I just got back from Japan and I have two unopened higonokamis in front of me and one I used like mad around my place to the left of me. A real Higonokami is literally 2 main pieces from what I have seen. A single piece of steel folded over for the handle, and the blade with a pin with a washer. I feel Spyderco would have to redefine it before considering the idea first

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Postby Jax » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:08 pm

chuck_roxas45 wrote:Okay, since we're talking about ethnic knives, what about spyderco's take on a jambiya?
Looks good Chuck!
I was thinking we could add a Languiole and a Canadian belt knife to that list :)

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Postby Ed Schempp » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:27 pm

I think I like the Douk Douk better because of the spring back verses friction folder; pretty much the same technology. They are highly functional pieces...Take Care...Ed

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Postby Bladekeeper » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:15 pm

Ed Schempp wrote:I think I like the Douk Douk better because of the spring back verses friction folder; pretty much the same technology. They are highly functional pieces...Take Care...Ed
The ones I've had a look see at have been finger biters really , chop , chop would've been a better name.
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Postby DeathBySnooSnoo » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:33 am

xceptnl wrote:I have always been a fan of this persoanl steak knife from Shun, I just never dedicated the funds to it to actually get one.
This is me exactly...I really want one. Just never pulled the trigger, even though I know I should.
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Postby w3tnz » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:06 am

Came across this rendition, Mr. Seizo Imai SI-1178 Custom Western Higonokami

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A fusion of Japanese Traditional Higonokami and Western style Slip-Joint Folder

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Postby einstein2001 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:13 am

Blerv wrote:Great minds think alike ;)

http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthre ... Higonokami

The only reason I dug that up was because Ed and some folks put some insight into it. No intent to say you should have searched.

I never did buy one of those. Hope you enjoy yours! Let us know what you think :D .
Great minds indeed. :) Thanks for linking that thread, I did a quick search but missed that one.
w3tnz wrote:Came across this rendition, Mr. Seizo Imai SI-1178 Custom Western Higonokami

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:eek: :eek: :eek: OMG :eek: :eek: :eek:

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Southard, Techno, Sage 2, Gayle Bradley
Super Blue Caly 3, Caly 3.5, Endura and G10 Ladybug
ZDP-189 G10 Dragonfly, ZDP-189 Nishijin Dragonfly
[HR][/HR]:spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder:
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Postby PSquared » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:19 am

w3tnz wrote:Came across this rendition, Mr. Seizo Imai SI-1178 Custom Western Higonokami

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THAT is what Damascus needs to look like!!! That is a stunning knife - the el cheapo Higonokami that I got in Japan earlier in the year just climbed into the drawer on it's own, hid itself under the socks and is refusing to show its face until I have forgotten about this

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Postby einstein2001 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:12 pm

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I've had my Higonokami for a few days now and I really like it. Folding knives don't get any simpler than this. I think this would make a great Spyderco ethnic knife.
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Southard, Techno, Sage 2, Gayle Bradley
Super Blue Caly 3, Caly 3.5, Endura and G10 Ladybug
ZDP-189 G10 Dragonfly, ZDP-189 Nishijin Dragonfly
[HR][/HR]:spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder:
-Brandon

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Postby Blerv » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:12 pm

Looks great :) Thanks for the feedback. Might just have to grab one someday!
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Postby einstein2001 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:19 pm

It's definitely worth the $20 and a couple weeks delivery time. I forgot I ordered it when it arrived at my door. :)
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Southard, Techno, Sage 2, Gayle Bradley
Super Blue Caly 3, Caly 3.5, Endura and G10 Ladybug
ZDP-189 G10 Dragonfly, ZDP-189 Nishijin Dragonfly
[HR][/HR]:spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder::spyder:
-Brandon

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