October 14, 2012

Outdoor Knife Making/アウトドアナイフづくり

Today (October 14), I attended the "Traditional Forging Technique Experience Course", the Fifth "Outdoor Knife Making", organized by Niigata Ken Sanjo Chiiki Shinko Kyoku (Niigata Prefecture Sanjo Regional Development Bureau), jointly with the Niigata Kenou Meisters Club (Central Niigata Meisters Club).

The instructors (Meisters) were quite impressive.
Kobayashi Yoshio
Iizuka Tokifusa (Shigefusa knife maker)
Mizuno Isao

The venue was the Sanjo Kaji Dojo.
These are the "jigane" (bottom) and the "hagane" (top) I was given.
I was very reluctant to take photos.  The following are some of the few photos I took.  The man on the right is Iizuka Tokifusa.
Iizuka Tokifusa, hardening a knife.
Iizuka Tokifusa, with the only female participant:
(I was among the lucky 12 people selected out of the 20 who made an application for the course.)

I learned just a lot of new things from the course, and I don't want to talk much about them.  You've got to attend the course to learn them!

My knife:
I'm not fully satisfied with the results, but it's closer to what I had first conceived.
Total length:  23 cm
Blade length:  11 cm
Weight:  80 g
全長:23 cm
刃渡り:11 cm
重さ:80 g 
I think I'll buy a handle soon.

As you can see, my knife can cut very well!.


Arthur3030 said...

Wow. What a great opportunity. Hope you show us the handle :)

Sissi said...

I wish I was there... I would love to participate! The knife looks fantastic!

Fräulein Trude said...

Nice! Very interesting workshop. If you would live here you could order everything for your knife handle online including the instructions how to use different kinds of wood and bone. This link leads to a short "how to make a handle from scratch" in .PDF. The text is in german but the pictures are quite enough

Hiroyuki said...

Arthur3030: I will show you when I find a really good one.

Sissi: The Meisters were very kind to the only female participant. I'm sure you will be treated in the same way!

Kiki: Thanks for the link. Wow, knife enthusiasts are everywhere, probably especially so in Germany!

muskratbyte said...

You did a wonderful job - and what a fascinating class! I would love to attend a class like this!

Fräulein Trude said...

Indeed, there are lots of knife enthuasiasts around. Sadly the website, I mentioned by link, doesn't provide information in english. They sell everything: from different shapes of roughly forged blades, finished blades to material for handles or handles to finish, sheath, material to make or sew your own sheath and so on. I read you have to shorten the part of the knife which goes into the handle. They explained this too. As for mushroom hunting knifes: This is a german classic - maybe not so hard to make by your own
I especially like the beak shape of the small blade. This is a rather simple one, the better ones are jack-knifes.

Hiroyuki said...

muskratbyte: Thanks! I'm sure you will have a wonderful time there!

Kiki: Thanks for the link. Yes, I first thought of a similar type of knife, like the one made by Opinel, France.
Maybe I should have told the Meisters that I would like to make a mushroom knife. I'm sure they are capable of making a piece of metal into any desired shape.

Actually, Iizuka-san suggested that I make a handle by myself. The long "nakago" was made by Iizuka-san. He said something about the long nakago. I don't remember the exact words, but I think he said that long nakago makes the knife well-balanced.
I think I'd better follow Iizuka-san's suggestion. I'll start looking for a piece of wood perfect for my outdoor knife.

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