This traditionally made Japanese Damascus folding pocket knife consists of a hardened stainless steel core and is laminated between multiple layers (Damascus pattern) of a softer stainless steel. The hard core allows the knife to have a sharp edge while the folded softer steel is laminated to give support to the blade. This pocket knife is beautifully constructed in a style that has been used for more than a hundred years. It has a Cocobolo wood handle and hardened stainless steel body. The locking mechanism is simple and effective. The lever tang prevents the blade from folding backwards and allows for a user friendly experience.
Hikari is famous for their beautiful knife design and quality. Please note that there's been a recent price increase for this knife as the demand has been higher than usual and due to existing lack of high quality materials and craftsmen.
"Cocobolo is a tropical hardwood of the tree Dalbergia retusa from Central America. Only the heartwood is used: this is typically orange or reddish-brown in color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. The sapwood (not often used) is a creamy yellow, with a sharp boundary with the heartwood. The heartwood is known to change color after being cut, lending to its appeal.
Cocobolo is oily in look and feel. This oil lends a strong, unmistakable floral odour even to well seasoned wood and occasionally stains the hands with prolonged exposure. Standing up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, a common use is in gun grips and knife handles. It is very hard, fine textured and dense, but is easily machined, although due to the abundance of natural oils, the wood tends to clog abrasives and fine-toothed saw blades, like other very hard, very dense tropical woods. Due to its density and hardness, even a large block of the cut wood will produce a clear musical tone if struck. Cocobolo can be polished to a lustrous, glassy finish. The high natural oil content of the wood makes it difficult to achieve a strong glue joint, and can inhibit the curing of some varnishes, particularly oil based finishes." - Source: Wikipedia