special guest and Master Smith from the USA, Kevin Cashen attended the Symposium and gave A great insights into the world of heat treatment, a subject he is famous for. “He puts the information some in a manner that even the newest maker can understand, making it very easy to learn the basics as across as the more advanced aspects of heat treatment”. well Mewburn from Eveleigh Works and Ewan Gibson from 84 Engineering, Matt tool forging. demonstrating also delivered a session on knife design, another subject that all who attended the lectures, learnt Kevin great deal from. a the Symposium being a great success, a big thank you must go out to both the Knife Art Association With well as Karim Haddad and his family and workers who hosted the event at their new facility. as
Handbook goes into some depth The Japanese history and the Samurai discussing types of swords, parts, shape, sword, grain, manufacture, construction, detailing the history, Yumoto relates the In of Amakuni, the swordsmith who forged legend first Samurai sword and the circumstances the gave rise to that event around 700 AD. that discusses the four historical periods of Yumoto Samurai sword that is the Ancient, the Old, the technical aspects of the Handbook are The with 26 types of Yaki-Ba or comprehensive, M. Yumoto’s sword education in Japan was John by his paternal grandfather and commenced in arranged when John was five and a half. At the time of his 1916 in 1988 at seventy two, Yumoto was generally death the foremost authority on Japanese swords considered of Japan. Yumoto’s book commences with the outside Review Book Harriss Chris significance of the sword to Japanese culture. “The history of the Samurai sword is closely related to the history of Japan…In ancient times it was well established that anything suitable as an offering to the gods had to possess three elements: purity, rarity and value. The sword is believed to have all three of these characteristics, and it was not uncommon practise to give one as a votive offering.” inscriptions, care, appraisal and value. the New and the Modern. temper lines pictured and discussed.