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 Post subject: Springhammer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:38 am 

Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:28 am
Posts: 896

The President of Knifewear here in Canada sent me this DVD called Springhammer and I can tell you, I absolutely loved it.
The films are about the knife makers in Japan, the ones we all admire and it shows them talking about their craft and making the knives. A Springhammer, if you don't know is the big automated hammer that they used to shape their knives.

This film filled in some gaps for me, I have heard of all these blacksmiths of course and I have seen most of their knives but until I watched the movie I just didn't have all the info I wanted, things were missing. Shibata San is in the film as well and does a fair bit of talking and some sharpening. The music and just Japanese scenery is quite nice.

I don't know where the film is available other than Knifewear in Canada but if you can get your hands on a copy, perhaps from the Producer it is well worth it.

Peter Nowlan
New Edge Sharpening
Red Sector A
Nova Scotia
 Post subject: Re: Springhammer
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:10 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:31 pm
Posts: 284
Location: Oslo, Norway
I really like both of them. The production(photo, editing, soundtrack etc) was top quality IMO.
They are available for purchase online at Vimeo for those who don't want to pay for shipping, or if you just would prefer streaming the films(hq).
One thing I noticed in the second film, where you see Shibata sharpening his own knives in his workshop, was how he never seemed to rush at all.
Relatively slow, but focused and deliberate movements. I wish that sequence was longer:)

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