Echizen Forged Blades
When a swordsmith from Kyoto came to this area in search of raw materials at the beginning of the Muromachi period (1392-1573), it seems they made some sickles of the local farmers and this marked the beginning of forging in the area. During the Edo period (1600-1868) with patronage from the Fukui clan, blades made in Echizen were sold all over the country.
In 1980, Echizen Uchihamono was the first production center for forged blades to be awarded the nationally recognized Traditional Craft Product accolade.
Knives, scissors, hatchets and sickles are the main products being fashioned using time honored Japanese forging skills before being finished by hand.
Main products include sickles and knives created using traditional Japanese casting techniques and finished by hand.
How to make
Main techniques include "mawashi haganetsuke" whereby the whole is crushed diagonally in a diamond shape from the corner of the steel and the “nimai hiroge” technique whereby two blades are placed on top of each other and struck very quickly front and back with a hammer so that they both thin out the same way.