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The knives produced by Japanese traditional techniques of Japanese sword, Shokei Funaki.

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The knives produced by Japanese traditional techniques of Japanese sword, Shokei Funaki.

The knives produced by Japanese traditional techniques of Japanese sword, Koshikitanzo(the ancient Japanese way of smith forging). To pursue easy-grind and toughness of the blade, he mainly uses valuable wrought iron or old aged Japanese steel for base steel, tries not to use modern iron as much as possible. These rare iron was used for buildings and shipbuilding over 100 years ago. He makes with forge welding to finishing by hand one by one, not using containing blade materials.    About Shokei Funaki Birth: Oct. 17th, 1972 in Yokohama, Japan Since his ancestry, both paternal and maternal line, were a swordsmith...

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Give an sharpen edge and Kasumi togi to a Japanese chef knife made by Kisuke Manaka

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Give an sharpen edge and Kasumi togi to a Japanese chef knife made by Kisuke Manaka

The chef knife conducted hand forging and heat-treating, is going to be attached a blade and then sharpened the edge. Kisuke Manaka carefully complete all procedure one by one.The edge of the knife is produced its shape and shinogi line with a rolling rough grinding wheel. Manaka Hamono where had created Japanese swords, he sharpens it by sitting on the floor. As a result, since he can freely put the body weight on his fingers and control its stress easily compared to standing, it gives an excellent sharpening accuracy. Then using a rough or a medium-rough whetstone and finishing up...

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Kisuke Manaka: A unique and rare blacksmith who attained Tansetsu of Stainless steel (Japanese traditional techniques of making knives from forge welding)

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Kisuke Manaka: A unique and rare blacksmith who attained Tansetsu of Stainless steel (Japanese traditional techniques of making knives from forge welding)

 Since its establishment in 1872, the Manaka Hamono a historical blacksmith has been making Japanese sword. To satisfies  the needs in the present age, The blade using in daily life such as kitchen knives and farming tools have been made since the fourth generation started. Manaka Hamono has been intent on preserving the ancient way from forge welding to water quenching without using any convenience materials. Although it’s said that it’s hardly possible to weld stainless, the fifth Keisuke Manaka,  one of few blacksmith who has skills causing superhuman feat, succeeded it. *Generally, welding different types of stainless steel is...

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