Zubeng Forge is a Smithy in the heart of China, Master Rich Chen uses an Ancient formula to create true Tamahagane steel for his swords and knives. Making Tamahagane steel is a long and labor intensive process which starts with select Iron Sand and other Natural materials that are found in only a few places in the world.
Here is a video of Master Chen making Tamahagane for his Sword
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Recently Master Chen presented me with a piece of the actual Tamahagane Steel he makes ~ this is as it appears “In Process”
This is a Traditional Tool called a Kiri dashi – which literally translated means “to carve out”. Very popular with Wood Carvers, Bonsai Tree artists and general home use.
These are Hand crafted from the same hand made Tamahagane steel as Master Chen uses to create his Custom Chinese swords. This version is a Thicker Steel ~ measuring .080 (which is slightly more than 3/16″ thick) and wrapped in a Single Piece or Tough Rattan.
Differential Heat Treat leaves the Edge hard and sharp (approx 62 Rc). The Cutting Edge is approx 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ Long
A Chisel Ground Edge provides precision cutting ability and only Stropping is recommended to maintain the edge.
This is an integral piece, the handle is Approx 5 1/2″ Long with a Thong Hole at the End.
Hand made Steel with the Sweat and Soul of the Maker.
A true Traditional tool that will make you smile with its performance.
I have several of these and they are ALL VERY SIMILAR in appearance and size.