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  • Japanese culture always had connection with Katana

  • Back then If you were a child, you would have a coming of age ceremony to be given katana at 15

  • Beautiful coal

  • no gloves?

  • Oh I thought you were giving me high five

  • What are you going to do now?

  • Basically to weld the iron, we have to knead the iron

  • to make it usable to make Katana

  • And after that?

  • Are you going to strike the iron again?

  • You strike it first, and bring it back

  • and put it in again

  • What is the process now?

  • Try not to burn it so much. If it melts, it's over

  • Just when it's about to melt, send in the wind

  • That's the process now

  • Can you tell when to take it out by looking at the color of the flame?

  • Color and sound -Sound?

  • and the shapes of the flames

  • Aim for the middle

  • You don't have to do this much,

  • I don't want to mess this up

  • You can't finish until I say so

  • How long has it taken to get where you are?

  • Preparing coals 3 years, big maul assistant 5 years

  • Finding the right heat, forever is what they say

  • but 5 years and you become useful

  • There seems to be many types of swords there,

  • so could you tell us more?

  • Generally speaking, the blade length of up to 30cm is the short sword

  • Is this the date? -Yes, the date

  • This is a really cute short sword

  • You can see it clearly when the light is upon it

  • Longer than 30cm and under 60cm is the Wakizashi

  • Longer than 60cm is the Tachi

  • What is that?

  • This is called the Uchiko

  • This is like the carving stone's minature version

  • You take away the excessive oil on it

  • The titles are here

  • My thoughts are written here with the Chinese characters

  • The shape

  • And looking at the curve. This one has a quite a huge curve from the middle

  • The surface of the iron can be seen after it has been struck multiple times

  • Looking at how the iron is done is another way to enjoy it

  • You can see the design on the surface when you shed light on it

  • You can see clearly how the lines come in

  • Seeing the design is another way to enjoy Katana

  • When you shed light, -I can see it

  • Quite strong -Turn it around

  • It's quite different

  • It's quite a heavy responsibility

  • I think it was sharpened by Mr. Manatsu

  • Do you put in designs here?

  • Depending on the sword, we would add design or carvings

  • This was 2007, when I just started

  • It's like a shorter version of Kodachi. This is the long one

  • This is the shortened one

  • This is quite unique. A design of the clan?

  • This was to show the surface of the iron so you can see the rugged design on the sword

  • So in general, how heavy is the Katana?

  • Around 1kg

  • I thought it was heavier

  • Well, 2kg is too heavy to carry

  • What about that long one? -That may be around 2kg

  • Maybe that one is around 1.8kg

  • You need muscles

  • When you shed light on it, well normally they say the wave design is the part it turns white

  • but the wave design on the Katana is when you shed light, it comes out

  • The white part is what the katana polisher adds on like a makeup

  • It's like an eyeshadow. Whether you make the white area to be wide or narrow

  • The thickness will change the look. It's a design

  • To align that is the job of the polisher

  • For us, the part which comes out is the original wave design

  • Shedding light means looking at the bare face of a women without makeup. Looking at the katana's bare face

  • What is so special about being a sword-smith?

  • As a sword-smith, putting my passion on to the sword is what makes it special

  • A type of expression

  • What are things you consider when you make a sword?

  • Basically it is a job not to give in

  • Well, it's craftsmanship so passion makes what it makes. So I guess the passion is important

  • Do you get injured?

  • When you start out, you get burns and a lot of blisters

  • And you don't know when the master will tell you to stop

  • so you have to continue until they say so?

  • Interaction with the customer is important? -Yes

  • Having conversation with the customer is ideal to making what they want to make

  • Since I want to make with passion, I want it to be a sword which will be loved and used by the owner for many years

  • To think that way and creating the sword is what I believe and is how I make the sword

  • The person who orders the sword may have different feelings

  • and through conversation, do those feelings match with yours?

  • It is necessary for the feelings to match

  • And ofcourse the Japanese culture has always continued on with Katana

  • When you are born, you receive the sword as protection

  • When you turn 15 or become an adult, you receive a sword as to have responsibility to own a weapon

  • For women, they were given Katana as a protection

  • When you die, you place a sword to ward off evil

  • We have that culture

  • Katana appears many times in old proverbs as something which comes with our lives

  • That is why I have my own responsibility of creating a sword and that's what I do

  • They are made to last for a lifetime so

  • I want them be treated with respect

  • Not just the person, but when they are passed to the next generation, I'd be happy as well

  • I hope I can create a sword like that

  • Last question is, what is your philosophy?

  • Philosophy is such a hard word so if I would put into a few words,

  • but not to give in, and to create by what I believe in is what I can say

  • Thank you very much

Japanese culture always had connection with Katana

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    Summer posted on 2022/06/08
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