Craft Of The Japanese Sword - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book
  • Craft Of The Japanese Sword - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book

Craft Of The Japanese Sword - Kapp - Yoshihara - Book

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Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufact
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Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced now are the equal of anything made in Japan in the past few hundred years. This book takes the reader into the workshops of four of Japan's leading sword craftsmen. Each craftsman has a different role in the manufacture of a blade. Yoshindo Yoshihara, the swordsmith, begins with raw steel made in a traditional charcoal-fueled smelter and refines it by folding and forging, gradually shaping it into a sword with a hardened edge. Okisato Fujishiro then sharpens and polishes the sword with fine stones to reveal the color and texture of the steel. Metalworker Hiroshi Miyajima makes the small copper-and-gold habaki collar that fits between the blade and the scabbard. Finally, Kazuyuki Takayama carves the hilt and the scabbard out of a single piece of wood. This book demonstrates how brilliantly Japan's sword craftsmen today have met this technological challenge. Yoshindo Yoshihara is a tenth-generation swordsmith who is ranked among the top sword craftsmen in Japan today. Leon Kapp is a molecular biologist and has studied swordmaking in Japan at the forge of the swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara. A CRAFT REBORN The Tradition • Steel and the Sword • Appraisal • Connoisseurship and the Modern Japanese Sword 1a. THE SWORD The Swordsmith and Associated Craftsmen • Training New Smiths • The Evolving Tradition • Yoshindo's Shop 1b.THE CRAFT Tamahagane: Japanese Steel • Forge and the Bellows • Preparing the Steel • Assembling the Steel Block for Forging • Forging • Core Steel • Forming the Steel Stock • Forming the Blank • Shaping the Blade • Rough Grinding and Filing • Making the Hamon • Hardening the Edge • Adjusting the Curvature • Rough Polishing • Decorative Grooves • Decorative Carvings • The Tang • The Signature 2a. POLISHING Revealing the Blade • The Polisher 2b. THE CRAFT Foundation Polishing • Arato • Binsui • Kaisei • Nagura • Uchigumori • Finish Polishing • Hazuya • Jizuya • Nugui • Hadori • Polishing the Point • Burnishing 3a. THE HABAKI The Silversmith 3b. THE CRAFT Cutting the Blank • Forging • Fitting around the Blade • Sealing the Habaki • Filing • Fitting the Decorative Foil 4a. THE SCABBARD The Woodcarver 4b. THE CRAFT Cutting the Blank • Splitting the Blank • Rough Planing the Exterior • Planing the Inner Surface • Chiseling out the Space for the Blade • Gluing • Rough Planing the Cut Surface • Fine Planing the Outside • Drilling the Rivet Hole • Finish Planing • Wrapping the Scabbard in Paper • Finish Polishing
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