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The Higonokami is a folding pocket knife. It has no locking mechanism, relying on the friction of the swivel or pressure from the user's thumb to not fold while being used. The tradition of producing Higonokami pocket knives was started in Miki, Japan in 1896 by Mr. Komataro Nagao, and has been passed down through five generations. It's called Higonokami because the company had many customers who bought knives in Kumamoto prefecture, which is in the "Higo" area. Higonokami means "the protector of Higo" and only the Nagao family have the right to use the Higonokami name, and others must use "Higo" or "Higonokami style".

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