A lightweight everyday knife for the one who appreciates a good, classy, cut. Handmade with traditional Japanese crafting techniques and made of aogami "blue paper steel" - a high grade specialty steel with an outer layer of carbon. Stay sharp, good lookin.
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The wonderful Aogami folding knife was first created in Miki, Hyogo prefecture in the late 1800s by the Higonokami company. They came about at a time when the demand for Japanese swords was in decline. Aogami means “blue paper steel” and refers to a mix of white carbon steel, tungsten and chromium. It is very durable and is often used in chef’s knives. The brass handle bears the company’s signature.
The Kujira/Whale Knives were originally made by the blacksmith Toru Yamashita, commissioned by a mother looking for a knife without a sharp tip for her child to use to sharpen pencils. The first knife, with a round head, resembled a sperm whale-- but there are now six different kinds of whale knife, including the minke and fin. They have a high carbon white steel core and are made utilizing a nearly 700 year old knife making technique from their origin place, Tosa-- a seaside town known for its whale watching.