In early April 2011 I had the opportunity to visit a traditional village blacksmith while in the Fikkhal area, Eastern Nepal.

In both India and Nepal craftsmen are still considered as the lowest cast and I could see this man lives simply. He was extremely peaceful and very pleasant to be around.

He produces mostly tools and farm implements for locals, but when I asked him to make something for me, he obviously suggested the Gurkha’s khukri. The order is placed…

Nepalese village blacksmith

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A week spent at Japanese swordsmith Manabe Sumihira’s helping out with the operation of his tatara. Manabe chose to operate a pig iron smelting zuku-oshi tatara instead of the more commonly known kera-oshi.

The pig iron decarburizing process can be seen here (in Japanese, click on various links): http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~sumihira/19sageba/00sage/00sage%20.html

More details are available on these pages:
Home-made steel: A week at Manabe Sumihira’s Zuku-oshi Tatara
The Sumihira Zuku-oshi Tatara

Manabe Sumihira Zuku-Oshi Tatara

A week spent at Japanese swordsmith Manabe Sumihira’s helping out with the… Continue reading