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Japanese Suminagashi Folding Knife

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Japanese Suminagashi Folding Knife

Rutlands    Part No. JP1223

• Combines a stunning suminagashi blade with rich, solid cocobolo handle cheeks
• Hand forged in Japan by a master blacksmith, every blade has its own unique pattern
• Mirror polished blade features 16 layers of soft steel protecting a hard VG10 steel core
• Brushed nickel handle with solid cocobolo inserts add weight and a very positive feel in use
• For added elegance this knife comes supplied in an embossed full grain leather pouch
• Blade length is 75mm with an overall open length of 175mm


This spectacular pocket knife is not only a thing of great beauty, it is also a joy to use. The hand forged blade has a VG-10 gold steel core that forms the cutting edge and features eight layers of softer stainless steel either side of this. The core is very hard which allows the knife to be sharpened to a razor sharp edge. The sides of the blade are ground to expose the different layers of steel making up the blade creating the suminagashi pattern.

As each blade is hand made, the specific suminagashi pattern is unique to that blade. The blades are mirror polished to further enhance the effect. For safety in use, when the blade is folded out of the handle a cam mechanism locks the blade in the open position. This stops the blade from folding in on itself during use and is unlocked using a thumb lever on the handle.

The handle is brushed nickel with solid cocobolo inserts and adds weight to the knife giving it a very positive feel in use without it feeling heavy and uncomfortable. For ease of storage, this knife comes supplied in an embossed full grain leather pouch with belt loop. Overall length 175mm. Made in Japan.

It is widely recognised that Japan offers some of the world's finest knives and cutting tools. The sword makers to the Samurai were the very best in their trade and their knowledge of metals and metal working has been handed down through the generations of master blacksmiths and is still in use today. These skills and knowledge of materials combine to produce blades that are harder, thinner, stronger and sharper than most western style pocket knives and for this reason Japanese pocket knives are truly outstanding in their quality and performance.

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  • Brand Rutlands
    Country of Origin Japan
    Blade Length 75mm
    Overall Open Length 175mm
    Handle Solid Cocobolo
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  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: Stuart Robinson
    Absolutely beautiful knife, locking mechanism is extremely precise (a friends words not mine). Lovely patterns in the blade, which is very sharp right out of the box. A pleasure to use for anything & it'll probably outlive me. Buy one.
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: David Colledge
    Beautiful knife with a great feel / weight to it and razor sharp. Top quality knife and I believe well worth the money. and delivery so quick! 48 hours from order to delivery
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: Allan
    Every schoolboys dream, just for whittling.
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: Al Drage
    Simply stunning! Best Christmas present in years.
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: R Sheehan
    I am constantly amazed by the ability of the Japanese master blacksmiths and this knife is testament to their ability. The blade is absolutely stunning with its multi layered patterning and the whole knife is a real thing of beauty. Even the leather storage pouch screams quality. Worth every penny.
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: Fraser Robertson
    Stunning looking knife. Very well made, razor sharp blade, very happy with purchase.
  • Rating: review score 5
    Written By: Brian Hunter
    This knife is so beautiful, it is almost a shame to use but when you do use it it cuts like a dream. The leather pouch is a welcome addition too.
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