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"Forging On: The Art of Sakai Blacksmiths" Part 1

August 17, 2017

New Article

A visit to Izumi Riki Seisakujo in Sakai, Osaka Japan
Laura Wheatley / Travel Photographer (words and photos by Laura Wheatley)
www.laurawheatley.com


Forged knives have been sought after and revered worldwide for years, which, once you know the process involved, it's not hard to see why! Recently I ventured into the old blacksmith neighborhoods of Sakai to uncover this masterful art.

Although metalworking was introduced more than 1000 years ago, the city had begun to receive true acclaim around the mid-1500's. As a port city, Sakai frequently saw a great amount of trade. Tobacco and guns were popular, brought over from the Portuguese.

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"Forging On: The Art of Sakai Blacksmiths" Part 1




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