Here's some more videos from my visit with the Moritaka family many years ago. What's so interesting is that this latest video demonstrates technique unchanged from my visit with them. Perhaps in the scheme of things the time between my visit and these videos is but the blink of an eye compared to a family who has been making knives and swords for over 600 years. http://www.youtube.com/user/kenneths123 ... y=Moritaka
While Akiko's husband is doing most of the work in this video, his predecessor and his predecessor's father were also doing a lot of the work at the time of my visit. And here's a picture of his father one generation before (Yasuhiro Moritaka).
And a picture of Yasuhiro working with his assistant at the time who is now the predecessor of Akiko's husband.
This picture was taken at the forge that was used to make swords from tamahagane, which was set aside as a shrine area towards the back of the shop area as a separate room.
And the future Moritaka
, Akiko's child
I've uploaded my trip photos from my visit to the Moritaka family here:http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/tenne ... t=3&page=1
Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. You can feel 600 years of tradition in their presence and their work.