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There are several ways to wrap a tool handle, usually with plain rope. I’m presenting one here, used on the teko, the bar used for tanren.

Tool handle wrap


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The forge used by swordsmiths in Japan is inconvenient for delicate work because it is deep and remote from the smith (it’s made for long things) Some smiths therefore design a miniature forge they can put away and take out as they need. I checked several designs and built this one on wheels, with its own blower, making it thus «plug-and-play»!

Japanese style miniature forge – Mini-hodo


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Mei-kiri — mei = signature; kiru = to cut
Mei-kiri is the action of “cutting” or engraving a signature onto a finished japanese sword tang. The same expression is also used in other trades.

Mei-kiri — mei = signature; kiru = to cut


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