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Small Makers of Big Products

"I'm in Japan. I've traveled halfway around the world to be here and I'm standing in the corner of a dark, dingy factory watching hot carbon steel cool on a bed of bricks. Just minutes ago those were cold, characterless pieces of steel, and now they are knives. In the course of the coming weeks those knives will be touched by many skilled hands in this small factory. The knives will be tempered, sharpened, polished, and sharpened some more. A wood handle will be attached to those knives, they'll be boxed up, and shipped out. People will pay handsomely for these knives (they are some of Japan's finest), and with any luck they will continue to make the knives better. Through years of use, and care, what was once faceless and impersonal will have soul."

- Peter Buchanan-Smith

A big special thanks to Yumi Sakuma, and Kazama Keisuke, Takashi Kondo, Ikarashi Hamono Kogyo, Mizuno Seisakujo, Hinoura Hamono Kobo, Tadafusa.

Photographs by Peter Buchanan-Smith