Banshu Miki UchihamonoBanshu Miki Forged Blades
For last years of the Azuchimomoyama era, Miki Castle was attacked by Hideyoshi Hashiba and fell, and town of Miki was destroyed.
After Hideyoshi exempting from tax of townsman, and planning revival of town, for Shinto shrine, Buddhist temple, the rebuilding of house, carpenter craftsmen gathered from each place and were connected for development of carpenter tool of Miki afterwards.
After the siege and final fall of Miki castle toward the end of the Momoyama period (1573-1600), carpenters from various parts were drawn here to rebuild the town. Along with them came many smiths to forge the tools they needed and forging developed as a craft here.
By the end of the Edo period (1600-1868) large quantities of forged blades for such things as saws, chisels and planes were being made here, and it is still one of the country's prominent centers for the production of bladed tools, the saws and chisels in particular being the envy of the world.
|Industrial art object name
||Banshu Miki Uchihamono
|Classification of industrial art object
||Saw, chisel, plane (plane), knife
|Main production area
||Hyogo / Miki-shi
|The designation date
||April 8, 1996
■local production associations
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Training of sum iron was succeeded to from the Edo era, and, in the Meiji era, dajimbutsu of many kinds was developed by new technique. Craftsman engaged in Officially designated Traditional craft products directly occupies 20% of the whole and follows tradition even now.
Techniques for forging Japanese iron were first passed down from the Edo era and, with the introduction of new techniques in the Meiji era, many varieties of cutlery have been developed. Even today, craftsmen directly involved in making traditional crafts represent 20% of the total workforce, keeping the tradition alive.
How to make
When it is to chisel, plane, knife, we heat iron and carbon steel in furnace and do forge welding more to hit mallet. We heat molding in furnace and we train with mallet while making mud coating and finish. Saw, iron of waitori riga craftsman is the your chance to show what you can do, and craftsman of Miki has this splendid technique.
Using chisels, planes and knives, iron and carbon steel are heated in a furnace and welded together by hammering. The products are shaped by heating them in an oven and forging them by hammer while caking them with mud. Straightening the iron to relieve inner stress with a saw or a trowel gives Miki craftsmen the opportunity to show their abilities and the wonderful techniques they have mastered.