Media Matsuo Hamono - The making of Yanagiba

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[video=youtube;2LhpEry1O-s]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LhpEry1O-s&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL[/video]

[video=youtube;KQI3jXk7sY8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQI3jXk7sY8&feature=related[/video]
 

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that weird jazz on the second video got a little tiresome but I really enjoyed watching the artist.

neat stuff.
 

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Not that I know a damned thing about knifemaking, but it's surprising how much the blade is 'cold worked'. Is that to normalize the steel, or work harden it or what?
 

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The Japanese bladesmith cold works (to my understanding) to planish or smooth, thin, straighten without moving too much material with each blow. Western bladesmiths do not cold forge.
 

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The Japanese bladesmith cold works (to my understanding) to planish or smooth, thin, straighten without moving too much material with each blow. Western bladesmiths do not cold forge.

I think Devin told me one that this is done to reduce tension and to straighten the blade. The blows are very gentle, almost like tapping.

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with monosteel cold working can have DISASTROUS results. with a soft jacket it's not necessarily a bad thing though
 

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I had the same reaction to the cold planishing. With that said how can you not be amazed by the skill of a guy like that? I love the old school gear he uses, but that punch press is pretty cool too.
 

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Wow, Thanks for the videos Dave. I am currently in progress with one of these...Maybe soon to be my second attempt lol...Nice to see how it is done.
 
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