Traditional Japanese Folding Pocket Knife - Damascus Cocobolo Wood Handle

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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


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Really great knife

Well made, nice and sturdy, looks amazing. Arrived very sharp and is still sharp. It opens and closes nice and smoothly it has a nice weight to it and feels good in the hand.


Exquisite to behold

The beauty of the blade betrays a high degree of craftsmanship. Finely detailed and exquisite to behold, it exudes a feeling of quality. The knife is very sharp out of the box, comfortable to hold and has a smooth action and tight lock. By far the best value for owning a first piece of Damascus! I could not be happier with my purchase.

Liam W.

Quality and beauty

I echo what has been said. The quality of the workmanship is wonderful. One does not see such dedication to craftsmanship very often anymore. I add that the packaging and care taken in the shipping reflect the love of good tools from this company. Everyone should experience a knife like this once in their life and hand it down as a prized possession to their heirs.

Japanese Tools Australia

Hi Rod, We're thrilled that you're as pleased with the pocket knife as we are - we're particularly proud of this item. Thank you very much for your kind words. We hope the craftsmanship of this knife brings you and your heirs joy for many years to come. Kind regards, The JTA Team



Beautifully balanced fold knife with superb grip and well structured opening and closing mechanism. Wonderful blade shape resilient edge.

Louis C.

Attention to detail

This is the second one of these knives that I have purchased.A beautifully simple design that is made with great quality in components and the attention to detail is faultless. What a great, well made knife; thanks again, John.

John N.