Shinji Fujishita


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Shinji Fujishita is a blacksmith of over 80 years old now so his knives are extremely limited and of huge demand, due to extreme, rigorous hammering technique, Shinji San is using. Not just performance but quality of the build also. Mr. Shinji Fujishita is a great master craftsman in Echizen city. He won “Medal with Yellow Ribbon” of the Japanese government as Great Craftsmen in the present world. A blacksmith in Echizen city says that his forging is incredible skills. Actually it is very difficult to forge blades to the shape that oneself expects. So a lot of unnecessary parts is discarded. But in the case of him, the unnecessary part after forging is just a little. His blades are characterised to be very thin, so the cutting performance is smooth and the weight is light. There are his fans who loves the thin blade in Japan.   NIMAI-HIROGE is the special skill in Echizen city only. It is outstanding method. The spine of blade requires thickness for sturdy and around the edge needs to spread to thin edge in order to improve sharpness. These requirements are met by hitting two blades together at a time. If two blades are hit together at a time, the temperature is hard to fall. Two blades prevent to be cool down fast. So blacksmiths can hit two blades many times in a short time. If only one blade are hit, the blade is cool down fast, they must put it into kiln for heat again. Then carbon runs away from the blade, the blade will become weaker. This skill looks easy, but it is very hard. A blacksmith could not do this for 5 years.