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Do you know the steel called Tamahagane?


If you like Japanese swords, this is a simple question.

Yes, Tamahagane is the metal that is the material for Japanese swords.

The Japanese sword was a tough weapon that was said to "do not break, do not bend, and cut well."

Today we introduce you such Tamahagane!

【What is Tamahagane?】

Tamahagane is a type of steel made by traditional Japanese methods. The word tama means "round and precious", like a gem. The word hagane means "steel".Tamahagane has been used to make Japanese swords as the highest quality steel.

Tamahagane is a precious steel that can only be made in very small quantities.

In addition, since the content of impurities is extremely low and the material is uniform, it has been very useful since that time as an excellent steel.

The process of making Tamahagane continues for 36 to 72 hours (a day and a half to 3 days), depending on how many people work and how much metal is to be obtained.

The quality of Tamahagane is determined by its color: bright silver pieces are very good for making blades.

【About Tatara steelmaking】

Tamahagane is made by a traditional method called "Tatara steelmaking".

This is an ancient Japanese iron-making method with a history of 1300 years. The name given from the bellows used to send air into the furnace because it was called "tatara".

It is characterized in that iron sand and charcoal can be put into a clay furnace and reduced at a relatively low temperature to produce high-purity iron.

Since it is heated at a lower temperature than modern steelmaking, it contains less harmful impurities such as phosphorus and sulfur, and it is possible to extract iron with extremely high purity.

【The greatness of Tatara iron making】

Tamahagane is now made only in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, using the traditional Tatara steelmaking method.

There is a craftsman called "Murage", the highest engineer who manages tatara steelmaking. This Murage brings together a number of craftsmen and has been inherited the technology.

Iron sand and charcoal are alternately put into a hand-made clay furnace. At this time, the heat control of the furnace is very important, so the craftsmen keep watching the heat for three days and three nights.

Tamahagane produced in this way is the crystallization of the technology that has been passed down. Originally it is a material for Japanese swords, but Tamahagane itself is very beautiful, so I wanted many people to know it.

Our shop made [Tamahagane accessories] with such a feeling.

【Tamahagane accessories】

Precious Tamahagane is in the acrylic glass ball. It is a new style that combines traditional techniques and modern fashion, which cannot be seen anywhere else.

You can always wear Tamahagane, the soul of a Japanese sword!

It also could remind you a genuine traditional skills have passed down for a long time.

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