Sadakoma Higo no
Kami are made by Mr. Motosuke Nagao
who lives in Miki City. His great-grandfather, Komataro, made
knives and his grandfather, Shigeji, as well.
In 1894 a distributor brought two knives from Kumamoto prefecture
to Mr. Shigeji Nagao and another blacksmith. They changed
their style to a folding knife and named them Higo no Kami. Higo no Kami became
very popular because they were sharp, easy to
use and cheap.
There were many Higo no Kami makers in Miki
and other prefectures. Some of the makers made inferior
products. So in 1907, the Miki knife makers association registered a
trademark of Higo no Kami and permitted only members of the
association to call their knives Higo no Kami. At present the
only member of the association is Mr. Nagao.
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