This is a tour of my smithy here in Shimizu, Japan. The smithy has over a century of recorded history as the workplace of a village blacksmith. Only the forge itself has been refitted for sword making.

Katana-kaji – Forge

This is a tour of my smithy here in Shimizu, Japan. The… Continue reading

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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An interesting project elaborated by director Mélanie Dion. Each week presents a Québécois living in a foreign country, and a National from that country living in Québec, their lives, exchanges, experience.

Terres d’échanges Japan Trailer

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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