DaveJ Posted September 8, 2016 Share Posted September 8, 2016 ...this project has been a long time coming but is finally off the ground...some of the background and concept: Satoyama are the managed forest areas that border the cultivated fields and the mountain wilds in Japan. Historically they provided fertilizer, firewood, edible plants, mushrooms, fish, and game, and supported local industries such as farming, construction, and charcoal making. Balancing the interaction of wetlands, streams, forests, and fields is an important component of the satoyama landscape and allows for sustainable use of the rich resources they offer. About the Tools for Satoyama Project (more: islandblacksmith.ca/2016/03/tools-for-satoyama) The Tools for Satoyama project is inspired by this mutually beneficial interaction between humans and the natural world, a robust way of life that sustained both for centuries. Among the goals of the project are contributing to the growing awareness of the satoyama concept, sustainable practices, thoughtful approaches to intentional living, and related historical learning. The four styles of kotanto knives designed for the project are named for the four main areas found within the satoyama landscape: stream, field, forest, and mountain. In addition, the forest and mountain models also come in a full sized tanto configuration. Some of the core characteristics of the knives produced for this project are the reclaimed and natural source materials, use of traditional techniques, and a humble and simple style of carving and finishing. A charcoal forged blade, water quenched with clay, sharpened with waterstones, and finished simply and humbly in the age-old style of farm and foresting tools used in managing satoyama, the borderlands between village and wilds. Project Overview Video (more on the process: bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34021) Making the Mountain Kotanto: bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34021 Making the Mountain Tanto: bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34026 Design a Knife: islandblacksmith.ca/design-your-own-knife-tools-for-satoyama 1 Davej - Crossed Heart Forge * islandblacksmith.ca * instagram * youtube Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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