Knifemaker Hidetoshi has been a netsuke artist for over 15 years. Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to attach”). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called Kimono had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes’ sashes. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes which were held closed with sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke. Hidetoshi has taken his talent for carving in a fresh new direction by blending his Traditional Craftsmanship with innovative new Designs.
Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a direct Dealer for Hidetoshi Nakayama
~ Direct from the Maker from the Recent ECCKS 2016 ~
This is an extremely unique Hand Made piece from Hidetoshi that has incredible detail.
What appears to be some strange Steam Punk type of mechanism is in fact a Completely Hand Made – Piston Activated Keyring shaped like a pistol but conceals a Hand Made Knife
The Top portion of the Key Ring is a Belt Attachment with a Piston that conceals a Strong Spring.
The attachment area is an Elongated Bail that rotates freely. When ready to extract the knife one must Push Down on the top of the Bail to activated the Piston – this releases the Lock that keeps the knife securely in place. The knife is then Easily Extracted from the Metal Sheath.
The knife is a Full Tang Blade made of Hitachi Blue Steel with a Cutting Edge of Approx 1 1/2″. The Handle Scales are Stabilized American Oak and are secured with Epoxy and Brass Pins (to Match the Brass Pins in the Sheath)
Hidetoshi painstakingling hand finishes the entire piece. It measures approx 6 1/2″ OAL and has wonderful Atristic attributes.
The Thick Metal of the Entire device has been Gun Blued afor an aged appearance and each section shows beautiful unique colors when rotated in the light.
The Custom Clip with piston is meant to attach to your belt loop or pocket.
An extremely innovative way to inconspicuously carry a knife ~ out in the open – on your keychain!
A creative Combination Knife / Keychain from a great Maker.