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Making hand made knives in Japan

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    Making hand made knives in Japan

    This couple even makes their own steel - most knife makers don't. Once the steel is made, the rest of the process is similar even if the smith buys their steel.


    I love watching blacksmithing. I also love my japanese knives. The very first time I used my Yanagi I cut the whole tip off my thumb. Nail and all. I didn't even feel it happen, it was so sharp. I'm now many times more careful.


      That was a great watch, I would say that I'm worried about traditions like this or farming dying out, but there's been a "massive" resurgence in the US, UK, and Japan for learning and earning a living on the old ways. Japan is the most at risk though of losing these traditions, the top smiths have a tradition of only having 1 or 2 apprentices and some of the smithing requires a lengthy unpaid apprenticeship, but the government has supposedly started subsiding some of these historic apprenticeships.


        Wow! I was absolutely mesmerized. What a great video - thank you for posting this. They are truly the epitome of the crafts person/artist and it was a joy to watch them perform their craft.


          Watched the entire video in amazement........Thanks for sharing!!


            Excellent Video. I'm putting in a link to a video made by a Canadian Knife Store that specialized in Japanese knives, also a good watch. Springhammer


            this is the second video Springhammer 2


            Hope my links work!


            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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              They work, and you just took up my evening I learned new things, my favorite! Never seen the fishing with birds thing. And I really like the guy that's like "I hate this job, but I'm going to be the best at it"

            • Davek8282
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              If I had the budget could spend a fortune at Knifewear Stores. Good think I'm 8 hours minimum away from one of their locations so only make occasional visits. On line does not do a hand crafted Japanese knife justice.


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