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Historical Knifemaking: keep it simple, do it the hard way
Traditionally crafted knives for folks who wish they could take things home from museums.

Island Blacksmith - Summer 2018

"The swordsmith was not a mere artizan, but an inspired artist, and his workshop a sanctuary. Daily he commenced his craft with prayer and purification...Every swing of the sledge, every plunge into water, every friction on the stone was a spiritual act of no slight import...Perfect as a work of art, there was more than art could impart. Its cold blade collecting on its surface, the moment it is drawn, the vapours of the atmosphere; its immaculate texture flashing light of a blueish hue, its matchless edge upon which histories and possibilities hang; the curve of its back uniting exquisite grace with utmost strength; all these fill us with mixed feelings of power and beauty, of awe and terror."

~Inazo Nitobe, Bushido, The Soul of Japan
Japan Photo Essay: Inaka Architecture

Japan Photo Essay: Inaka Architecture

Hundred year old traditional timberframe, stone foundations, hand hewn beams, tsuchikabe walls filled with clay and straw plaster on bamboo lath, and vertical charred cedar siding.

The article features several photos with architectural details along with valley views across rice fields from the mountainside.

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Ash Mountain Nata

Ash Mountain Nata

Nata come in various sizes and shapes, but most fit the description of a light brush hatchet or heavy camp knife.

This large nata is mounted in traditional style with the addition of a hidden tang. The laminated tungsten alloy blade was made from an industrial paper cutter and has forged texture and a slight reverse curve.

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Tools: Making a Bamboo Scoop for Water Forging
Making a simple water sprinkling scoop for water forging.

Making a Bamboo Scoop for Water Forging

Forging with a thin film of water on the anvil and hammer prevents forge scale or oxide from being hammered into the surface of the steel. The hot steel instantly vaporizes the water and the resulting steam explosion blows the scale off of the work, keeping it clean as it is worked. This type of bamboo scoop is a traditional style tool for controlled application of water to the surface of the anvil or the hot steel.

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In the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith,
deep in a forest clearing,
away from the things of man,
there is a place where blades are born
of earth, and air, and fire, and water.

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