Posted 9 years ago
This is a bone handled Japanese knife specifically made for the tourist industry. This knife was made probably in the late 40's or early 50's. The name is symbolic and for the tourist and this knife has nothing to do with the practice of Hari Kari.
The bone is intricately carved but is not very fine. There is a bone quillion or bolster (I'm not sure if this is the right terminology) missing from between the handle and the little piece of brass attached to the blade. The blade has long ago came loose from the handle and was stuck, but a little WD40 got it out.
This belonged to my Dad so I guess I will keep it and give it to one of my sons.