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Mr. Fumio Inagaki is a custom knifemaker in Seki, and my longtime friend since he was working for Master Seizo Imai 30 years ago. After opening his own workshop, he is aggressively attending many knife shows in Japan with his unique hand-made knives from miniature knives to large Bowie type knives. Mr. Inagaki's Knife is tough and wild as same as his personal characteristics!
FI-290 Cowry X Liner Lock Folder. We have introduced his Cowry-X folder last year and instantly sold. He had two more Cowry-X blades and came up with different combination handle and bolster. The Cowry-X is a premium powdered high-speed tool steel with a very high carbon (3.0%) and high chromium (20.0%), and is very expensive and difficult to get and work, so he says these two will be the last ones.
This is a rare Cowry-X blade Folder of 3 inch Drop-point Mirror polished Hamaguri-ba (Convex) blade with thumb stud, 4-1/2" Ironwood Burl handle with Mokume Damascus (layers of Copper and Nickel) bolster (FI-290A) or Stag handle with Black Micarta bolster (FI-290B), Stainless steel pivot and screws and Stainless steel liners. Rugged and Beautiful Folders!
Cowry-X blade in 3.3mm thick, 80mm blade, 195mm in open , Weight 200g (FI-290A), 150g (FI-290B)
Knife Model: Fumio Inagaki FI-290 Cowry X Liner Lock Folder
Blade Material: Cowry X Powdered high-speed tool steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 65
Handle Material: FI-290A Ironwood Burl with Mokume Damascus bolster, FI-290B Stag with Black Micarta bolster
Overall Length: 195mm
Blade Length: 80mm
Blade Thickness: 3.3mm
Weight: 200g & 150g
Custom Leather Sheath: Not Included.