Overview of producing areas Nokaji knives
Scene from production
"How tools are used differs by person. The tools' ease of use makes work more efficient, increases sales, and affects lifestyles. That's why we always work in earnest. Both mountains and blacksmith workshops are life-or-death places," says Okawa, a blacksmith.
In the past, iron or steel was beaten out with a hammer. It is said that each blacksmith would beat the metal distinctively enough that one could tell from the sound of the metal which smithy was forging iron. Today, a belt hammer is used. However, the final steps are manual work by the blacksmith. The red-hot iron is pulled out of the burning furnace and beaten with a hammer. "Tools used in the mountain have to be hard enough to handle knots in wood."