Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")
Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")


Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm (3.0")


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The Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm is a small, lightweight, and durable pocket knife renowned for its simplicity and versatility. Crafted from high-carbon Shirogami steel, with a hardness of approximately 62-63 HRC, it offers exceptional strength and sharpness.

The term "kengata" specifically refers to the tanto tip of the knife, paying homage to the iconic katana and adding an eye-catching element to its overall design. With its visually appealing aesthetics and reliable performance, the Higonokami Kengata Pocket Knife 75mm is a must-have for knife enthusiasts seeking a blend of traditional inspiration and practicality.

Aogami #2 is one of the best in the high-carbon class, with added elements such as chromium (Cr) and tungsten (W) for improved corrosion and wear resistance, all while having an awesomely fine sharpness and being able to get resharpened easily.

Higonokami is the most famous Japanese pocket knife. It enjoys the same kind of fame in Japan as the Swiss army knife does in Switzerland and around the globe.

The shape of the Higonokami pocket knife is based on the katana, which is not a coincidence, since knife manufacturing is deeply embedded in the samurai tradition. The knife first appeared in 1896 in response to reforms in the 19th century, which banned the production of weapons, so blacksmiths began to produce knives, among others also these small pocket Higonokamis. The Higonokami is produced by Kanekoma, a company with over 100 years of experience in forging knives.

As Higonokamis started being produced in Miki, the renowned knife manufacturing hub, their popularity quickly spread across Japan and the United States. These versatile small pocket knives found various uses, including the popular practice of pencil sharpening among their many functions.

Shirogami #2 is a traditional high-carbon steel in Japanese knife manufacturing, and #2 is the most frequently used Shirogami steel. Due to its high carbon content, it can reach a hardness of over 60 HRC, which means that blades forged from it will have excellent edge retention. The blades will sharpen easily and will be able to achieve a very fine sharpness, owing to the steel’s very pure composition. For the same reason, the steel isn’t corrosion resistant and the blade will develop a protective patina over time. Therefore, it’s recommended you wipe the blade dry between and after use and oil it regularly.

Traditional Japanese knives are made from steels high in carbon content, and this is mainly for two reasons:

  • due to the steels’ pure composition, the blades are able to achieve an extremely fine sharpness,
  • for the same reason, once they get dull, they can be easily resharpened back to optimal shape.

The steel will gradually acquire a patina, which only endows this knife with more charm. Do not wash this knife in a dishwasher, but rather wash it by hand and wipe it with a dry cloth. The advantage of having a blade made of high carbon steel is the fine sharpness, ease of sharpening, and long edge retention. We recommend the occasional coat of 
knife maintenance oil to protect the blade from external influences.

→ Read more about patina on our blog.
→ Read more about how to take care of high carbon knives and patina in our Knife maintenance blog post.

The core layer was sandwiched between 2 layers of softer steel. This technique is called san-mai damascus and is used to protect the hard (but delicate) core from outside factors and physical impacts, which could lead to breakage.

It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.

The blade has a high polish finish (also called 
migaki) and features a beautiful wavy line, marking a point where different layers of steel meet and seamlessly blend into each other. 

Higonokami has no locking system, it uses friction to keep the blade securely in place. The blade can be extracted from its brass handle by pushing down on the iconic level, called chikiri. During use, we should keep a thumb on the level to prevent the knife from folding.

Blade shape: Higonokami

Steel type: Shirogami #2

Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge, scandi / migaki

Hardness (HRC scale): 62–63

Overall length: 170mm (6.7")

Blade length: 75mm (3.0")

Blade height: 14mm (0.6")

Spine thickness: 3.3mm (0.13")

Weight: 50g (1.8 oz)

Handle length: 98mm (3.9")

Handle type / wood: brass

Kanji on the blade: handle: "Registered Trademark" 登録商標 / "Higo No Kami [Lord of Higo]" 肥後守 / "Kanekoma" 駒
blade: "Shirogami" 白紙

Blacksmith: Kanekoma

Location of the smithy: MIKI / Hyōgo Prefecture / Japan

☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.


Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:

✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.

A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).

→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.


Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:

✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.

❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️A knife is a tool intended for specific use: it’s not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc. Kitchen knives are meant for preparing food.

→ For more details, read our guide on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

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