Videos of Japanese Blacksmith Forging Kanna

This is a follow up to my previous post on ura. I’ve had these videos for a while, every time I watch them I spot something new, great stuff! I’ll keep the comments brief and let the videos speak for themselves. If the footage seems strange its because it was shot with a cell phone inside the Takanaka carpentry museum.

The tool steel for the lamination has to be tapered on the back end so that the forge weld line is neat.

The forge weld.

Here is using sen to carve the ura, among other amazing things. It looks like the ura shape is pre-forged.

This video has an interesting shot of honing the ura on the edge of a stone, as well as coating the blade pre-quench with clay slip.

To finishing things off today, more final shaping and straightening.

If you liked this stuff I made all the various videos I have from Takanaka CM public, enjoy!


3 thoughts on “Videos of Japanese Blacksmith Forging Kanna”

  1. Gabe,
    Thanks for posting these videos.
    I haven’t come across your site before. Browsing around, I see lots of interesting stuff and wonderful craftsmanship. I’ll be back.

  2. Hey Gabe,

    Great looking blog, just discovered it. The Tools museum was the first place I got to check out on my last trip there. Amazing place! Wish I’d taken my camera out to record the videos, so this is pretty cool to see.
    Thinking of going back again and was curious if you had any recommendations for related places to check out?

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