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Volume 26 - Page 12 of 15 June 2002
ABANA Conference 2002
Japanese Bladesmiths
Photos by Spencer Meffert (c) 2002 Steps in traditional Japanese Bladesmithing : Many people want to make "traditional" Japanese blades. However the Japanese smith starts by making his own steel. If you don't start there, then it is not "traditional".
Japanese Forge: This small site built forge is similar to the bladesmiths forge I've described numerous times.

Two parallel walls, blast from the side, open top. This one has a partialy closed back. I suggest loose bricks to make the back depth adjustable.
Japanese Furnace

I don't have a clue about this one. . .
Japanese Smith scraping a blade. The Japanese use hand scrapers rather than grinding to shape and finiish their blades.
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