Hiroaki Ohta – Friction Folder


Item Condition: New
Handle Material: Presentation Grade Desert Ironwood
Blade Steel: San Mai Stainless Damascus / VG-10
Blade Length: 2  7/8″
OAL: Open  6  7/8
Sheath: Leather


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Hiroaki Ohta 

  Hiroaki Ohta has been hand crafting knives since 1989 and began knife making Full Time in 1998.  His folding knives are prized the world over for their precision and beauty.  Hiroaki Ohta’s knives have been featured in the KNIVES Annuals and appeared in BLADE magazine last year.  

Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a direct Dealer for Hiroaki Ohta custom knives

Direct from the Maker from the New York Custom Knife Show 2012

 I was Hiroaki’s first customer at the Show this year and I was able to hand pick some of his most beautiful pieces.  This is an amazing knife in design and function, simple yet elegant.  

A Friction Folder is the oldest of folding knife designs, ancient Viking Age Friction Folders (or Penny Knives as they were called ) have recently been discovered in Rome where they were a standard item for men of wealth and privilege!  

This example by Hiroaki has hand carved Presentation grade Desert Ironwood handles. It has a very smooth action and Hiroaki has designed the handle to resemble a Dog’s Hind Leg so that it fits in the hand very comfortably.


  This is the first time that I know that Hiroaki has collaborated with Master Takeda and used Takeda’s Hand Forged Aogami Super Steel  for his blade!  Takeda creates this steel by making a San Mai of Softer Stainless Laminated over a core of Aogami Super Blue Steel with an RC of 63-64.

The blade is perfectly centered and operates smoothly, no play in any direction. 

When opened, the Tongue is recessed into the handle and Hiroaki has inset into that area a natural resin which helps stick the tounge to assist in keeping the blade open, very ingenious.   

Hiroaki makes his own Leather Pocket Sheaths for every knife, well stitched and holds the knife securely.

A wonderful knife that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a Traditional / Quality product.   

Additional information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 3 in


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