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 Post subject: History of Japan Knife Making Regions.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:32 pm 
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I have a project we are going to work on which is to detail some of the more significant blacksmith regions of Japan and offer up some brief histories of them. We'll do section pages for these regions and list the knives we buy in those sections similar to how we organize knives by type, brand, steel etc...

The first one we'll work on is Takefu village which is part of Echizen. There's a good general introduction to this region in Wikipedia here to get the ball rolling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echizen,_Fukui

I'm going to travel to Takefu hopefully in the spring next year so I'll fill this thread with stuff as I research and hopefully take some good photos.



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 Post subject: Re: History of Takefu Village.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:38 pm 

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Please document things like an archivist should. I think most of us really want to see where the magic begins. Carter has some pretty cool videos in japan. I recommend his videos of the guys cutting fish it's awesome.

I think you should try to make a special video of one knife from start to finish.


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 Post subject: Re: History of Japan Knife Making Regios.
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:00 pm 
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I got the first one done which is Sakai. I can add other stuff too like links to associations, map of the regions, pictures of some old knife makers etc but this is a good start.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hiofsaknma.html



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 Post subject: Re: History of Japan Knife Making Regios.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:20 pm 

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I thought I had read elsewhere that Doi had retired. Good to see he's still in operation - love my kiritsuke


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 Post subject: Re: History of Japan Knife Making Regions.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Hi Antonio,

Yes he did retire but Takayuki stockpiled his knives for years and they are slowly selling off his production and they still have inventory left.



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 Post subject: Re: History of Japan Knife Making Regions.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:20 pm 
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We just completed the translation of the Takefu Village history that was written by the Co-operative/association. Our translator Erina Olstadt did the translation.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hioftaviec.html



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 Post subject: Re: History of Japan Knife Making Regions.
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Its really nice to read about the history of the different regions. Good stuff! Thanks!



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