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Cutler - Handicraft of sword forging

                    Tanto Endprodukt des Messerschmiedens
                    Ausgangsmaterial für Schwertschmieden
                    Vorbild für Messerschmied: Schwertschmied Fujiwara Kanefusa
                    Messerschmied-Handwerk stammt vom Schwertschmieden ab
                    Schwertrohling vom Messerschmied
                    Fujiwara Kanefusa beim Reinigen eines Schwertes

The handicraft of damascene knives fabricated by hand by a cutler is based on the traditionnal art of sword forging. One of the masters of this sword forging is Fujiwara Kanefusa, who fabricates in 25th generation swords for royal houses as for example the King of Jordan or the reigning family of Saudi Arabia. According to this traditionnal Japanese art of Samurai sword forging, the Kai damask knives are fabricated from stainless damask in 32 layers.


Learning the art of sword forging takes 5 years, other 5 years are needed to take the exam of the ministry, which also stipulates the raw material to use.Thanks to the classic melting process from sand, a high level of purity can be reached. The steel is forged according to a special folding techniques with 32'000 layers. Thanks to this folding techniques, the grains are very small. Latest investigastions have shown that the structure of a Samurai sword is in the order of modern nano material. The fineness and the quantity of layers lead to good strength. Then the inner part is forged together with the outer, hard part so that a constant aliance is formed. Up to 20 days of work are needed to produce such a blank of a sword. Working by hand, the cutlers work in the dark, so that they can easier check the temperature. The unique structure - every cutler has his own pattern - appears by applying earth and by hardening. The cutler pre-sharpens the sword to check the quality, then he hands it over to a grinder. After, the sword is passed on for the fabrication of the handle and the sheath, which is decorated by the ornaments of the cutler.