Island Blacksmith

  1. Made the taiko soundtrack yesterday and thought I'd set some video to it...just a guy with a camera and a hammer, thanks for watching!
    The tools are simple and few, but the work is long and hard. See the finished works and read more about the process of making them: http://islandblacksmith.ca/process/

    See more of the yari (spear) being made: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2015/07/hatsu-sankaku-yari/
    Design a Tanto: http://islandblacksmith.ca/design-custom-tanto/
    Design a Knife: http://islandblacksmith.ca/design-your-own-knife-tools-for-satoyama/

    I make traditionally crafted knives for folks who wish they could take things home from museums. http://islandblacksmith.ca
    filmed on an Olympus OM-D EM5 with vintage Dimension1:2.8 35mm glass, edited in iMovie, soundtrack composed in Ableton Live 8

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  2. The tools are simple and few, but the work is long and hard. See the finished works and read more about the process of making them: http://islandblacksmith.ca/category/featured-work/

    A collection of clips documenting the steps and sounds involved at many stages of the process of crafting charcoal forged classical tanto and mountings from reclaimed materials. Footage from several recent projects is included, some extended and some previously unreleased, some from Japan and some from Canada, photos of the finished work appears at the end of the video.

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  4. though it is a wonderful and peaceful time to be in the workshop enjoying the cool night air as well as a good time for doing yaki-ire, i don't often forge at night...this night i had the camera on a tripod whilst working on the beginning of a small shear steel bushcraft knife in classical tanto style when a friend came by and offered to take some other angles...please enjoy a few minutes of the night session vibe, listening to the rhythm of the fuigo and the breathing of the fire.

    more about the forge: http://islandblacksmith.ca/forge/

    [o] additional footage by 309, cameo by owl the cat

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  5. More info about making a nata: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2015/06/making-a-hon-yaki-nata/ ‎

    Most nata are permanently mounted to a hardwood handle because it is faster and easier for production. However, this piece has been assembled using elements of nihonto handle engineering and features swordsmith style hon-yaki edge hardening rather than a thin laminated steel edge. Natural fuki-urushi lacquer brings out the rich colour and grain of the Sapele wood handle and contrasts with the dark forged steel surfaces.

    Nata come in various sizes and shapes, but most fit the description of a light brush hatchet or heavy camp knife. Common characteristics include thick spines and heavy blades, often with single beveled edges similar to Japanese wood chisels. This type work well for medium duty camp tasks, carving hatchet work, roughing and shaping, green wood work, and bamboo splitting. Similar to boat builder's or timber framer's slicks, they can make controlled straight slices due to their mass and chisel-like bevel. Another common variation has double sided bevels, cord wrapped integral handles, and curved or hooked blades for working in the rice fields.

    This nata has a straight blade and tip, was made from reclaimed lawn mower blade steel (exactly half of an older one, originally stamped "made in USA"), and is mounted in nihonto fusion style. The blade was hand forged in a charcoal fire, shaped with files, differentially hardened using traditional swordsmith style water quench yaki-ire, and polished by hand with water stones. The ura has a slight forged concave to facilitate flat sharpening of the edge.

    A forged steel ferrule and copper lanyard eye accent the hand carved Sapele wood handle. A friction fit red Bamboo peg secures the entire assembly together.

    Materials: lawn mower blade steel, steel pipe, copper pipe, Sapele wood, Walnut, natural urushi lacquer, red Bamboo

    長さ/刃長 Nagasa: 185mm (blade length)
    元幅 Motohaba: 47mm (blade depth)
    重ね/元重 Motokasane: 5.5mm (spine thickness)
    中心/茎 Nakago: 80mm (tang length)
    柄長 Tsuka: 134mm (handle length)

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Island Blacksmith

Crossed Heart Forge

Charcoal Forged traditional Japanese tanto & nihonto fusion style knives handcrafted from reclaimed farming and logging steel using natural materials and classical techniques...keep it simple, do it the hard way.

"My goal as an artist is to explore…


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Charcoal Forged traditional Japanese tanto & nihonto fusion style knives handcrafted from reclaimed farming and logging steel using natural materials and classical techniques...keep it simple, do it the hard way.

"My goal as an artist is to explore transformative process by creating knives from natural and
reclaimed materials. My approach as a craftsman is to work within the creative constraints of the
classical tanto form and nihonto handle mounting technology, building on the foundation of
13th century Japanese swordsmithing aesthetic and technique."

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