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Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:45 pm

Antonio_Luiz wrote:......Gotta love those big grinding wheels

I wonder what grit they are? :mrgreen:

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Wed May 01, 2013 12:40 am

I'll ask!

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Wed May 01, 2013 8:10 pm

That's me at 0.47 :D

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 12:24 am

MICHIEL <> You're the tomato dropper.?!

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 5:00 am

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).

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And a picture of Yasuhiro working with his assistant at the time who is now the predecessor of Akiko's husband.

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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

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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.

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Ken

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 5:09 am

There are several different levels of grit on the large wheels. Mostly they are very coarse and used to rough out the level of finish on the knife and are not kept too flat except for a final finisher. Afterwards they are finished off by hand sharpening on bench stones. Flattening these stone wheels is done with this large metal 'thing' shoved into the wheel with LOTS of sparks. The coarser wheels are also used to shape sickles and gardening tools and other edged objects.

When they change wheels after wearing one out the hub is reused, which is a split affair the size of a car wheel rim.

If anyone is interested in getting one of these wheels, let me know as I can get them through Tanaka-san, but they are VERY expensive, including shipping and crating costs.

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Ken

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 5:49 am

Melampus wrote:MICHIEL <> You're the tomato dropper.?!


Indeed I am! I think the cherry tomato tests are more impressive, but I'm not complaining :D :D :D

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 9:59 am

Really cool pics! Thanks for sharing Ken.

Gary II

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 10:12 am

I wish there were subtitles so I could understand what they were saying! But the video's themselves were pretty cool!

I noticed the stuff animals, too!!

Re: Awesome Moritaka TV News Feature!

Thu May 02, 2013 2:20 pm

Akiko wrote me back. Here is what she said about the wheel:

By the way, the big sharpening wheel has 80 grit ( very course ). We use it on " rough sharpening " process.
It will last 10 months in our workshop because we use it almost every working day.
Please say hi to your customers!
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