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What are metalwork?
Japanese metalwork refers to traditional crafts that are made from gold, silver, iron, bronze, tin, and other metals. There are three major techniques used to make metalwork: "tankin" or forging involves shaping the metal with a hammer, "chukin" or casting involves pouring molten metal into a mold, and "chokin" or engraving involves carving patterns using a kind of chisel called "tagane". Metal crafts let you enjoy varying colors and textures due to the different luster and feel of the materials, as well as the natural changes they undergo through use or the passage of time.
History of metalwork
Metalworking techniques were first introduced to Japan from China and the Korean peninsula. In the Yayoi period (400 BC-300 AD), it was used to make bronze swords and harnesses. With the spread of Buddhism, the creation of metal temple fittings, Buddhist statues, and altar equipment became commonplace, and metalworking techniques also improved significantly. In later years, metalworking was used to create tea kettles, swords, armor, ornaments, and other items.
Metalwork today
Today, Japanese metal crafts encompass a wide range of products, including Shinto and Buddhist articles, figurines, flower vases, knives, ornaments, writing instruments, as well as interior decor. In recent years, Japanese kitchen knives have garnered attention around the world for their durability and sharpness.
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