Zai HIGO tools
by Kacper Hamilton

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Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

ECAL graduate Kacper Hamilton has created a pocket knife and multi-tool for Swiss ski-makers Zai, based on a traditional Japanese knife.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

Above photos are by ECAL/Nicolas Genta

Called Zai HIGO, the two are inspired by the Higonokami knife that was popular in 19th century Japan.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

They feature a lever so they can be opened, locked and closed with one hand.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

The multi-tool has two different screwdriver heads that are designed for adjusting ski bindings.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

Both items have aluminium cases, while the blade and tool tips are made of steel. The automatic locking mechanism incorporates hidden magnets.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

This is Hamilton's second project for the brand and follows the carbon-fibre axe that we published last month.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

See his 2008 series of drinking glasses based on the seven deadly sins here.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

Photos are by Michal Florence Schorro & Prune Simon-Vermot unless otherwise stated.

Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton

  • Andrea

    Where can we purchase the Zai HIGO knife and screwdriver by Kacper Hamilton?

    • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

      Hi Andrea,

      I'm afraid they're only prototypes for the moment.

      Rose/Dezeen

  • taylor

    I see that this is a prototype for now, but how much would they be?

  • Kris

    Take my money.

  • http://www.bag-collector.com Chris

    You should kickstarter this. I’m sure Zai would let you, right?

  • Teuvos

    When can we buy that knife? Want one!

  • Joey

    Add me to the waiting list as well! I want one.

  • AlL

    Me too. I want one!

  • Teuvos

    Can I buy one now or are they still prototypes?