The Ancient Art of Forging Japanese Knives
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At 30-years-old, Yu Kikuchi was tired of his job. Working in an assembly line that made turbines, he was aching to find a new lease on life. So when he heard about 80-year-old master blacksmith Kosaku Matsumura who made ‘’nata,” or Japanese hatchets, he knew he had found his calling. He moved to the countryside and asked Matsumura to take him on as an apprentice. While Kikuchi has less than thee years of experience under his belt compared to Matsumura's 50, the young man still hopes to one day be at the level of his master. When the time comes, he hopes to take on an apprentice of his own, passing on the blacksmith’s torch. This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis: SUBSCRIBE: #Hatchet #Craftsman #Japan Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: Make our acquaintance on Facebook: Give us a shout on Twitter: Come hang with us on Vimeo: Visit our world directly:


Killatunga : That's a wise guy right there. You can learn anything and everything, except how to think.

Machia Wallace : That bridge at 1:14

ItchyKneeSon : I've been in Japan for over 8 years driving the narrow streets in my tiny Honda Today, but I had to rewind to 1:14 a couple times and pause just to make sure there was a car (a newer Suzuki Swift, if I'm not mistaken) driving over a narrow bridge that had no guardrails or anything to prevent a car from falling to its demise. Dass crayzee. By the way, I have many 'nata' of varying sizes and shapes. They're pretty gnarly hatchets. You should see Japanese weed wackers, or 'kusa kariki'. Basically, the weed wacker you know, but the nylon string is replaced by the blade from a circular saw.

The Stig : Anyone notice the bridge at 1:14 has no railings?

Jeffrey Koelewijn : Blacksmithing is awesome !

Gerson Bryan : They look a like saibara "the old blacksmith" and grey "the apprentice that wear the same thing" in game Harvest Moon 🤔

THE FOOD : *Buzzfeed* We learn to make swords

matthew stewart : Amazing, I'm always in awe at how you even find these small, interesting stories, and make it feel so important. Best channel on here, you guys give me hope for the future of YouTube

Greg Swiaczny : As a selftaught blacksmith with 16 years of experience being 29 right now, and also with an industrial design degree, I totally agree with this. What I have learned, and still learning, for very long time could take less effort, much less mistakes and less time if I ever had a master to learn from. I'm glad I went to design collage becasue this taught me the most important thing in this, and ecery craft, what also was mentioned- the way of thinking about what you're doing. Pity that it's so short video, I would gladly watch them both at work. It was good though. P. S. You have a mistake in description- nata is a machete not a hatchet 😉 But very interesting infos there though.

Niblet : Did everyone just instantly stop the video when they saw that bridge

Ava Garcia-Blacker : I love these videos they are so amazing and I learn so much from these videos and now I know so much stuff from this Channel these videos 😊

Geralt.Of.Arabia : Machines will never perfect the art of authentic, human craftsmanship. Because what makes something perfect and human to me, is imperfection. Machines achieve perfection easily. But to perfect a skill naturally is special, and valuable. Imperfection is human.

Masta Grenadine : "It will Kill!" God, where is Doug Marcaida when you need him?

Sophia Haefke : That looks so cool and also hard work :D

Noah Nguyen : please do a video about nha nhac in vietnam, the classical court music of hue

Doug Palumbo : Any link to purchasing a blade from him?

quito787 : Whoa that bridge with no railings... I dunno if I have the guts to drive down something that narrow without guard rails!!!

UNLEASHING POTENTIAL - PSYCHOLOGY VIDEOS : Japanese knives are beautiful just like the people.

Adi Yusuf Kurniadi : Internet can't give life experience. And you can't just learn without doin'. If you want to learn, read, and do it all over again, find the way out, solve the problem you face, meet someone that good at specific things. Dive! Deeper!

fireaza : When the video started and he referred to his father as "oyaji" ("my old man") I knew this old guy was going to be pretty interesting!

wearelegion : Matsumura-san's accent and voice reminds me of a Studio Ghibli character =)

Matt TheDestroyer 2 : Love these videos!

ObiWahn Onryō : Who gives bad Rating and why. Well there must be people who have an IQ of a " Boxfish " (Ostraciidae)

Nic Sander : I bet you 50 bucks, this is going to have anime adaptation

OKAT2000 : これこそ日本の誇り 菊地さんにはいつまでもこの技術を受け継いで欲しい

GriPhone : Somebody should make an anime series based on the apprentice

The Plug : Yu kikuchi! Bless ya soul 🌺

Kevin Cox : you should shoot a video about Turkish craftmanship.

Cayde-6 : The bridge at 1:14 makes me uncomfortable

raoulajay98 : The violin at the end was beautiful

Mr Urquhart : So does this count as CUTTING EDGE journalism?

This Awesome Channel : I just watched someone smack a piece of metal for 13 minutes and I liked it.

Crushenator500 : That young guy sounds like he's already thinking like a master.

Digital Monkey : I wish the video is much longer and more in depth.

Steven Matthews : Give one to Jason Voorhees

Siddhu Siddhartha : Idk about that knife ,but I love the message u he sent😁

Matthew Palanca : The real Hattori Hanzo

edboss : I hope that young guy takes the business for longer

ljcool17 : Mans got passion. Respect.

Nanishiteruno何してるの : I’ll buy one for real cheap like a rusted one tbh I have a lot of patience and unhealthy amount

Hyper Vanilo : The title remind me of a Japanese guy that make knife out of rice, wood, underpants, ice, carbon, chocolate, and freaking stone

1,000,000 VIEW's : -WATASHI WA TAMAGO-

Sebastian Würtz : A bridge without a fence?!?

Bernardo Fajardo : Wonderful story, it sounds like a movie or anime argument.

fernandez : respect man

MRSketch09 : I wish I were smarter, or more able..& could read & speak Japanese, I'd move over their to learn something like this as well. In the US... our"culture" what do we really appreciate? I don't have a clue.

Matthew Chow : The best thing is to get a healthy diet and workout

LeGeNd : Sweat and blood welded into a perfect blade

shadow : 1:15 I almost had a heart attack when I saw that bridge