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  • All right.

  • I have just arrived at the pentagon Ironworks studio.

  • Hayashi San is the A one man band very, very much like me, I guess with video production, but he creates iron knives from steel, all sorts of stuff.

  • And he's going to be giving us information on how he does this.

  • I'm pretty excited about it.

  • Let me get my mask here.

  • Look at that.

  • We are in the middle of the wilderness.

  • I'll put a link in the description too.

  • If you're interested in learning about this Now I believe it takes quite a while to make to make a knife.

  • So I don't know we're getting a chance to do that.

  • But she is going to introduce to us and there he is right there.

  • Hi, hi, nice to meet you.

  • Nice to meet you too.

  • Thanks for taking time to welcome.

  • Yeah, let's come home.

  • My workshop, wow, I see already you have some knives here.

  • Okay.

  • Yeah, it's a I make So these knives, yeah, my workshop is uh, knife making, uh, blacksmiths press And so these knives made by me.

  • It's a good working life.

  • It's a holding life.

  • It's a all myself.

  • Yeah, boarding life.

  • Yeah, 100 made by me too.

  • And so these knives, kitchen knives, something kind a small one and a long one.

  • Especially the slides of whole sashimi.

  • It's a single rich.

  • And these hundreds made by me too.

  • These streets are lady made and so especially my prices really was so unique.

  • It's meaning my price is not only uh, blocks missing, I can make island or still by myself.

  • It's meaning when I go to the beach, I collect island sand from the beach.

  • And then I try to I try to, to, to let alone making method.

  • I make steel from johnson after that.

  • Can I try for your wedding?

  • I can make material, I can change material from here to here after that.

  • I try to make life, I can make this kind of now.

  • Can you see this?

  • Month ago?

  • It's like Damascus.

  • Oh yeah, you can see a pattern on there.

  • Yeah, it's beautiful.

  • Yeah.

  • And this is where the handle would go on here.

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • Just okay.

  • It's the same method of japanese salt, similar message.

  • Not really, I'm not, I'm only here just a short time typically.

  • How long does it take to make a knife from start to finish kind of?

  • This one.

  • Yeah, it's taken six days, six days.

  • Oh great.

  • And people can come here to make their own knife when they finish, they leave here with a finished.

  • Sure, wow, that's pretty amazing.

  • Good.

  • And I have some questions here.

  • Why all these knives?

  • This when you said, I know this is for sashimi, right?

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • This is these look like honchos, like normal knives.

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • It's very popular and very useful for everything.

  • This one.

  • This one's a good for fruits.

  • This one's cabbage or something better Service.

  • Yeah, this one's for meat or something more long one.

  • Big one.

  • Yeah, these ones are like european chef knife.

  • Okay.

  • They look almost the same.

  • But I guess what is different besides is it the blade?

  • Is it the steel?

  • Yeah, thickness.

  • The thickness of it.

  • Yeah, you can see this one is much thicker.

  • Yeah, it's a little bit heavy that it's good for sashimi.

  • This one is very thin, otherwise very light and everything we use for more useful.

  • Yeah, we'll cut good.

  • And the handles, these are made with wood from Shimanto here.

  • No, no, no, it's a little bit.

  • Sorry.

  • Oh great.

  • And you make the handles in six days to Yeah, this one too.

  • Okay, cool.

  • And a case too.

  • Uh that comes with Yeah.

  • So tell me a little bit about the studio that you have here.

  • I know like uh Steelworks, my image is quite larger.

  • You do everything yourself.

  • How did you get this knowledge to do it?

  • How?

  • Yeah, just by yourself.

  • It's just here.

  • This place.

  • Yeah, this place it's my this place and I must visit it by himself.

  • It's because it's a little bit big because of 10.

  • I'm a master start displaced.

  • He won't start so teaching about blocks, missing an island making by this one.

  • Its meaning big space.

  • It's need need big space.

  • So this is where you pour the molten, Whoa.

  • Yeah, balance and put it in here.

  • And so Bonnie take half days.

  • We can take us three days to make an album.

  • Yeah burning it's a half day about a very cool and everything you need is right here in this one space.

  • Yeah that's right yeah it's enough.

  • And so here is a higher price.

  • We have five Right now.

  • Teaching teacher is only me.

  • Nobody.

  • I use only two for teaching wow.

  • One man band.

  • That's everything yourself.

  • Yeah that's right.

  • So when I came here I met three people from Yokosuka were here.

  • Yeah that's right to study this.

  • These are the knives they made in this morning.

  • Oh great.

  • Yes because his name is max it's writing by country, it's this country meaning remarks side.

  • Yeah and his daughter requested heart Mark.

  • It's I try to english hard work.

  • Oh getting better.

  • Not so good.

  • And so his wife requested my name of in grave, it's my name here stamping.

  • Yeah my name is, who she its meaning with the child.

  • Okay there's the hammer and this is you would put the fire here right fires here there it is there so heated up here and then use the hammer to forge it.

  • Yeah that's right like this.

  • Cool.

  • And sometimes if it's guest here our guests to help me by big hammer.

  • Whoa Yeah people try to hit a big hammer for the first time and then move here.

  • Of course guests try to same things he like but if it's guest not here, I have a partner this machine.

  • Normally I use this machine.

  • Mhm.

  • Of course right now it's just demonstrate by root island that's all.

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah that this something like this.

  • Alright.

  • Yeah very easy.

  • Uh huh.

  • That's.

  • Uh huh.

  • Very cool.

  • So people make knives like this.

  • What if someone wanted like a like a sword.

  • Ah Yeah sometimes people want so salt makes salt but it's need license.

  • I don't have a surprising not kind of a license.

  • It's difficult.

  • And they have a special steel that mono steel.

  • Yeah it's a I I use same method to make sort but so only make not salt more safety one only.

  • But otherwise if people want saw something original design original shape of life.

  • They can try.

  • I show you many people came here and so sometimes people want their original.

  • Sorry not so this one but many people try to their original make a design and yeah if you people want something original.

  • Yeah we can try something like this of course in great too.

  • Yeah something like this.

  • Yeah it's designed by french people came here.

  • Oh yeah so what's, wow.

  • So many very specialized.

  • Is there any purpose for some of these are just for design?

  • Yeah that's right it's a good may be good for against because only one for the host guest but otherwise very pressure for me every time at the time I have to concentrate at work at what size does it become a sword that you need to register.

  • What's the limit that you can do size.

  • Yeah.

  • Where's the point where a sword it's not size It's a shape.

  • Yeah it's for example uh this one is a little bit sore shape is a little bit similar about salt but the back side of line it's down But it's sold it's a strange it's a straight up so I can't make two go up only just straight or a little bit down.

  • I have to make so if it goes up and curves up a little bit like a registered as a weapon.

  • Yeah that's right I see.

  • Did not know that but both of them can hurt you.

  • I was like I don't know to me it's along.

  • So if you make a long sword that looping down.

  • Yeah that's right.

  • But don't people don't need long one because we can't use so long distance.

  • Maybe this size enough.

  • Yeah that's enough.

  • We have arms.

  • A good knife should be an extension of your body.

  • Right so you don't want it to be so long.

  • Um Sure so knives I know like a lot of my knives come from like diesel and shaw.

  • It's funny but a lot of people just just want it but it's a different material.

  • Yeah no money we use some material but still your name is Bruce here are what steal that materials only for knives.

  • That's a very very special one.

  • It's a family try to hardening.

  • It's a very good cut and as otherwise easily easy very sharpening right?

  • It's a very good balance but if it's by cheap it's an easy very cut.

  • It's very hard it's very otherwise so not so hard.

  • So good night will last you a lifetime.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Should last you for.

  • Yeah it's a different so material.

  • How many times do you fold the steel over?

  • Is there a certain you know everything else?

  • It's not one thing.

  • It's a full thought for your welding.

  • It's maybe 15 and 15 times.

  • Got it's a normally but when I try to with guest Always eight times can sit up.

  • Yeah remember we can't it?

  • How many times?

  • It's eight times sometimes stand but the 98 times it's good enough.

  • Yeah It's pretty strong knife because only six days.

  • It's a very short time to make.

  • Yeah.

  • So what would be the ideal amount of time?

  • Six days is maybe the shortest.

  • Yeah so it's the ideal time to for someone to make a knife.

  • Maybe two weeks or ah if people want so can be most long time.

  • So a few years ago one uh England lady came here.

  • He requested two weeks to make, yeah he makes she makes so many kind of knife especially he she makes not so really nice.

  • She is she was a car she's uh english island artist.

  • Yeah she tried to make kind of knife shape of knife but so he tried to something artwork to knife.

  • Senior.

  • Yeah I wanted to ask you about this area Shimanto, you're in the middle of nowhere.

  • Well, I don't want to say nowhere.

  • You're, you're really deep in the Shimanto Palestine.

  • It's you.

  • I like it.

  • Yeah.

  • I took me quite a while to drive around here and find it.

  • Is there a reason why you like this space compared to you know uh because of sang, I don't like sensitive side.

  • It's too many people.

  • But here is the age of japan.

  • Its meaning nobody here nature's it's a very silence.

  • It's a muslim angles.

  • It's a muslim human.

  • It's a very comfortable for me.

  • Yeah.

  • Like everyone wildlife here too.

  • Yeah, spiders though.

  • Is that okay?

  • I don't care.

  • I kind of, I kind of very cool.

  • How long have you been here?

  • About 10 years?

  • Oh yeah, take a 10 years.

  • About one for my master After 10 years alone.

  • two Bunk.

  • Where did you learn knife making?

  • Where was here in Shimanto Shimanto.

  • Yes very cool.

  • So this is a good reason to come to coach me to learn how to make knives and we try, it's a good place people people stay here, can they?

  • Yeah, it's the same.

  • Which I'm very cross.

  • Yes.

  • Okay, so just over over yonder.

  • Yeah, cool.

  • So these are all the tools that you use, this is just the raw iron here.

  • Yeah, that's right all the way to make, yeah, I have to make together all small pieces.

  • It's native Alsa techniques.

  • Although she gonna take, but I can make, this is the raw material.

  • Do you get this here in Shimanto?

  • Yeah, that's right.

  • Oh you melt it there and then pour it and it's a whole process.

  • Yeah, that's how committed I try to use this uh fairness and put on here with charcoal and make half melted and make joint before one piece.

  • Mhm Cool.