Shinwa Nanashi Assisted Opening Pocket Knife with Titanium Electroplated Blade, G10 Handle


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  • Incredible inaugural folder from celebrated sword maker Shinwa
  • Distinctive 3 1/2" titanium-electroplated stainless steel blade
  • Lightning fast, silky smooth assisted opening mechanism
  • Durable black G10 handle scales provide outstanding feel
  • Kanji etching a nod to Shinwa's Japanese cutlery heritage
  • Pocket clip, lanyard hole, flipper, thumb studs, liner lock
  • Closed length: 4 1/2"

Shinwa's inaugural folder, the “Nanashi” is a clever mashup of paradoxes - graceful yet fierce styling, a design that's both traditional and innovative, a modern pocket knife built by masters of ancient swordcraft. And like so many contrasting delights - salty and sweet, yin and yang - the results are nothing short of spectacular! But, then, you'd expect no less from from the samurai weaponry experts at Shinwa. Long celebrated for its world-class handcrafted katana, the Nanashi represents Shinwa's first foray into the world of pocket knives. Forged from resilient titanium-electroplated stainless steel, the Nanashi’s robust 3 1/2" blade features delicate, flowing curvature, offset with sleek lines and keen, angular beveling. The distinctive profile exudes both grace and potency - like an agile ninja assassin moving fluidly through the night, striking silently, lethally. Extraordinarily versatile, the blade's unique upswept arc design yields incredible penetrating power, vigorous slicing ability and clean, precision cutting that's second-to-none. From tough chores like cleaving stout rope to finer, more nuanced tasks like woodcarving, the Nanashi capably tackles any cutting job, maintaining its carefully honed, razor sharp edge through it all. Ambidextrous thumb studs, a well-placed flipper and a velvety smooth assisted opening mechanism allow for lightning fast, one-handed blade deployment. The Nanashi’s ergonomically contoured, matte black handle is every bit as impressive as the blade. Cutting edge G10 handle scales combine outstanding durability with superb hand-feel, while precision etched kanji offer an aesthetic homage to Shinwa's Japanese cutlery heritage. The handle as a whole is ideally weighted to counter the blade, making the impeccably balanced Nanashi an all-around pleasure to wield. It's also a pleasure to carry, thanks to its comfortable 4 1/2" closed length, as well as convenient built-in pocket clip and lanyard hole. Serious sword enthusiasts have long relied on Shinwa's top-of-the-line katana for unrivaled performance, rock solid reliability and flawless craftsmanship, and now - thanks to the Nanashi - pocket knife fans can enjoy the same level of quality. There’s no question - Shinwa’s Nanashi Assisted Opening Pocket Knife represents the dawn of a brilliant new era in cutlery!

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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.92 out of 5

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shawn p gallagher
May 19, 2019
(5 out of 5)
fits well in my pocket and a great value

I usually hate thick bulky knives and prize the few that are sleek but still have a decent sized blade. This knife is appropriately sized, feels good in the hand, and sits well in the pocket allowing your hand to still reach other items. I bought this with some hesitation but am glad I did. I am pleased with the fit and finish and the ability to hold a fine edge. I've only had it a couple of weeks but so far it seems like a winner.


Bob gleib
May 05, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Love it

Been using this knife as an EDC. And I'm hard on my knives as a plumber I use it for opening boxes to cutting gaskets. It holds an edge and sharpens easy ,held up great, I bought a couple more for backup and my original keeps on going


Feb 24, 2019
(4 out of 5)

There are a few faults with this knife, but that's to be expected at this price point. First, the hardware should be immediately removed, cleaned, and loctited when you get it. I lost one of the handle screws a few hours after receiving this knife. Luckily, I have a box of assorted hardware and found a replacement. The pivot also needs to be loctited and adjusted to where the blade is centered in the handle. The flipper tab is a bit rough, and will begin to wear your finger out if you are a fidgeter like me. All the serrations, on the flipper and on the liners, are rough, and take some getting used to. The good: it takes a very good edge, and is easy enough to resharpen after some use. I assume it's a 440 grade steel, which is fine for daily cutting chores. The blade profile is fantastic, I wish there were more higher end knives in this blade profile. It's balances out well with the handle; it's shaped jusr right to allow for a natural slicing motion. The overall design was well thought out, or at least appears that way. With a higher grade steel, softening of the rough spots, and wood qaulity hardware, this would easily be a more expensive knife. I can't see any reason to NOT recommend it as a cheap user.


Jan 24, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Love This Folder!

Been a huge fan of Shinwa swords for quite some time. I was VERY excited to see that Shinwa was making a folder. Ordered one on the first run and was very impressed and pleased. Opens fluidly and locks securely. The edge is very good and extremely functional. Plus, the knife just looks unique and badass! I got a second one for my collection on the rerelease. Order one will NOT be disappointed. Love being able to say I carry a Shinwa everyday!


Jeremy Smith
Oct 13, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Awsome knife

This knife Is Awsome. I Was lucky enough to get one on the first run (which sold out fast). This knife is Comfortable in hand, Fast to flip, Sharp as hell and ive used mine edc for about a year, it takes a beating and keeps on flipping and slicing. I just bought 2 more of the current run. Got them already. Perfect. Buy this knife now. You'll thank yourself for it. I also bought the wood handle version avail. Here, its beautiful. Go Shinwa! Great stuff! Thanks budK


Robert Scott Godwin
Sep 15, 2018
(5 out of 5)
One year update!

Knife is still performing strong. I rotate my edc knifes so not carried daily but still in rotation after almost a year. Holds edge superbly and love the design from Shinwa. As this knife did sell out quickly on the first run, I'd expect this run to be Not much different. Go ahead and buy this knife, no regerts(sp) right lol! Btw this knife will loosen up very nicely as they are rather tight and will need some break in. Cheers from a loyal customer


Feb 11, 2018
(5 out of 5)

The knife has an attractive blade shape and is razor sharp and lock-up is very good - you have to push hard on the liner lock to close the blade. Unfortunately, it should only cost around $10.00 as the blade is thin, and is only around 3.25 inches long (compared to product description claiming to be 3.5") plus closed length is too long being 4.75 inches long (compared to product description claiming to be only 4.5").


Jan 04, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Jeff P writes

A beautiful knife very sturdy. I love it. It has become my new edc knife. I feel like I have a samurai sword in my pocket.


Mark Davis
Dec 07, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Superb knife.

I recently purchased this knife and it is great. A first from Shinwa (pocketknife) as they usually make swords, which I own several of. The knife is extremely sharp and opens very fast. It is comfortable to carry in your pocket and is very well made. For the price of this knife it is well worth buying and if you know someone that appreciates a great knife it would make a great gift. Hopefully they will make more knives like this and continue a tradition that started with their swords.


Oct 27, 2017
(5 out of 5)

This knife has to be one of the best value purchase I’ve ever made thru Budk. The picture in the budk catalog doesn’t do justice to this knife. The knife is solid and well constructed. The geometry of the design makes for a comfortable and solid fit in my hand in either forward or reverse grip. The blade is tight and after a little break-in cycles, it snaps to full battery in a smooth fast action. The blade was truly razor sharp right out of the box — one of, if not the sharpest factory edges I’ve ever seen. The G10 scales are shaped and finished to a quality I would have expected from a much more expensive knife. I can’t speak to the quality of the blade steel since it was not indicated on the blade nor referenced in the catalogue description. However, the blade marking does indicate the blade has a titanium coating. This is truly one knife every knife lover should have in their collection. I can’t wait to see new knife design offerings from Shinwa. Overall, for the price point this knife sells, this is a superb value to good to pass up.


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