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Uploaded on Apr 12, 2011
In Part 2 of this Carter Cutlery Japan Tour 2010 series, Murray Carter takes his guests on an unforgettable visit to Sakai Hamono near Osaka, Japan.
"We finally met up with Mr. Shiraki, the world's finest Japanese bladesmith and a long-time teacher to Murray. Mr. Shiraki was engaged in some very fast and furious forging when we entered his shop, and all of us were mesmorized by the flying molten flux as he forge welded one blade after another and then forged the billets into Kata-ha blades. The speed and accuracy of this bladesmith is amazing. Leaving him to his important work, we climbed the stairs to where Mr. Kawakita, his brother, and his son, had a grinding and polishing operation. After a reunion of warm greetings, each member of our group was invited to participate in various ways in the grinding operations. What an amazing opportunity to practice beside real masters."