The great swordsmiths in Seki were steeped in the mysterious traditions of the metal. They were able to transform this mystery into something that was very real, the Japanese sword Katana . It is said that the sword is the soul of the samurai in Seki city .
■ The sword's raw pieces material called "Tamahane"
■ The Tamahane is a raw material and it's crushed into a thin plate broken into a small pieces and sorted into harder pieces and softer pieces .
■ The pieces of the same quality steel are stacked onto a plate .The pieces are transformed into "Singane" (softer steel) and Kawagane (Harder steel) . The pieces are cut to folding . Each pieces of steel is folded approx 10 times and the 2 pieces are joined together and the blade is Hammered out 1300°C 800°C
■ The steel is hammered and transformed into a shape of blade . The steel is heated and using a small hammer called " Kissaki " and is formed in the shape of the arrow .
■The blade is heated red hot 800 °C . The blade has been shaped a file and tool called a Sen for smoothing the blade . The blade are corrected . The sword is passed to a professional sword Polisher .
You can see the live the process of sword making and the craftsman's technique,polisher of swords,skill pattern winding demonstration of Japanese Sword "Katana". (Every sunday at 1:00 pm)
Seki Swordsmiths Museum information :
Children (Elementary & Junior high school) \100
(10 people) \200
(For group of 20 people or more \150)
9-1 Minamikasuga-cho, Seki City, Gifu
Seki Sword Tradition Museum Telephone:
(0575) 23 3825
9:00am - 4:30pm
Days Closed for Business:
Tuesdays, weekends, and the day after a national holiday