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Ohta FK5 Higonokami-pocket knife, desert ironwood

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£ 72,95
SKU: OHTA-OFF-FK5-P

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The Ohta FK5 higonokami pocket knife was designed and made by hand by Hiroaki Ohta. This Japanese knifemaker's design bears close resemblance to the famous Higonokami knives. Strictly speaking, it isn't a Higonokami knife because there is only one producer that can use the term Higonokami.

The reverse tanto blade is made from D2 steel and has a full flat grind. The blade has two colours - matte black and metallic. Not only do these colours contrast nicely, but the matte black finish also protects the steel from corrosion.

When the knife is closed, you open the blade by pushing the latch at the front of the knife towards the spine of the handle. You keep pressing the latch with your thumb to make sure the knife doesn't close while you're using it. To close the knife, use your hand to push the blade back in. Because this knife doesn't have a lock, it complies with the local laws and regulations in many countries with regard to carrying folding knives.

Higonokamis

The first Higonokamis were produced by blacksmiths who also made samurai swords. When the samurai were relieved of their duties, these blacksmiths were forced to find another way to make money.

With its perfect simplicity and functionality, the higonokami became a very popular type of knife. It seemed to get forgotten for a while, but higonokami knives are back! New materials and variations have given these knives a new lease of life.

Desert ironwood

This type of wood is well-known as a great material for handles. Its grain, density and hardness all make it a very appealing choice. A nice polishing finishes the whole. The handle is made from one piece of desert ironwood.

Please note: this is a natural product. Each knife is unique and the pattern of the wood may vary.

Specifications

Finish blade satin, brut de forge
Right or left-handed symmetrical
Blade shape reverse tanto

Reviews

Average rating

2 review(s)

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Ant, Brighton

Friday 31 August 2018

General score
Price vs. quality
Meets expectations

The blade is razor sharp straight out the box, however being D2 steel it is extremely difficult to sharpen on whet stones, dry stones or paper. Unless you are experienced at sharpening hard stainless steels best avoid and look for carbon steels which are easy to sharpen. For that reason I don’t like the knife and have marked it down.

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Ohta FK5 Higonokami-pocket knife, desert ironwood

Reviews

Average rating

2 review(s)

Latest reviews

Latest review

Ant, Brighton

Friday 31 August 2018

General score
Price vs. quality
Meets expectations

The blade is razor sharp straight out the box, however being D2 steel it is extremely difficult to sharpen on whet stones, dry stones or paper. Unless you are experienced at sharpening hard stainless steels best avoid and look for carbon steels which are easy to sharpen. For that reason I don’t like the knife and have marked it down.

Anoniem, Brighton

Wednesday 20 June 2018

General score
Price vs. quality
Meets expectations

After an extensive search for a pocket knife that slips easily into the Condom pocket inside the right hand jean pocket I settled on this Higo knife. The Higo knives have a nice story and are generally handmade in Japan. The knife itself has a flat, relatively thin handle making it sit in the pocket unnoticed both by the wearer and others. I was impressed with the sharpness straight out the box and immediately tested it by shaving some hair from my forearm, a test which it passed easily. So there it was search over I thought........ However a week later when I came to strop the blade just to polish up that sharpness, something I do with my wood carving knives, I found that I blunted the edge ! Now I’m pretty good at getting razor sharp, mirror finished edges on my Chisels, carving knives and axes so was quite alarmed when after 1/2 hours work the edge was now even worse. Initially I worked it on my 3M Lapping film on glass to 3 Micron. The blade was now quite blunt and I couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong. So began the google search, turns out it is very hard steel and only wet stones should be used at an angle of around 10*. So after an hour on the 3000/8000 wet stone I finally got it sharp enough for day to day use but don’t think I’ll ever shave hair again. So be warned unless you are a master sharpener, blessed with Ninja sharpening skills I would look elsewhere, perhaps for a simple flat bevel edged knife.

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Ohta FK5 Higonokami-pocket knife, desert ironwood

Specifications

Features & functions

Finish blade satin, brut de forge
Right or left-handed symmetrical
Blade shape reverse tanto
Type of edge plain edge
Tools knife
Opening system Chikiri
Type higonokami
Pocket clip no
Lock no blocking, friction folder
Can be opened with one hand yes
Way of sharpening flat
MOLLE-compatible no
Sharpening angle 23º
Number of tools 1

General information

Brand Ohta knives
Colour brown, silver, black
Can be engraved yes
Country of origin Japan
Warranty on materials and manufacturing defects 2 year
Designer Hiroaki Ohta
Series FK5

Material

Material handle desert ironwood
Type of steel D2
Material sheath / pouch leather

Scope of delivery

Pouch yes
Sheath no

Dimensions & weight

Weight 25 grams
Blade height 1.5 cm
Blade length 5.5 cm
Closed length 10.1 cm
Cutting edge length 5.3
Blade thickness 2 mm
Total length 13.9 cm
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