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Etizen         Current Fukui Prefecture.
Around the 14th century, the blacksmithing technique was handed down from Kyoto by Katana Master Tiyozuru.
At that time, many sickles were made for craftsmen to collect lacquerware made in Echizen.


Etigo                Current Niigata Prefecture.
Around the 16th century, craftsmen were invited from Edo to spread agricultural knives.
Also, because of the side job when there was a lot of snow, making iron nails was popular among farmers.  


Seki                  Current Gifu Prefecture.
Katana forging started by Katana Master's Motosige and Kanesige around the 13th century.
Since then, many kitchen knives have been made using this technology. 


Miki                  Currently Hyogo Prefecture.
It began with the gathering of many carpenters to restore the city of Miki, which was destroyed by the war in the 16th century.
Many blacksmiths gathered for them.  


Tosa                  Current Kochi Prefecture.
Forging technology was brought about by Katana Master's Gorouzaimon from Nara Prefecture in the 13th century.
Because Tosa has a lot of forest, many knives for forestry such as ax and hatchet were made. 


Bizen                Current Okayama Prefecture.
Since ancient times, the Bizen area has been one of the leading Katana producers in Japan because of the high quality conditions for making Katana, such as iron, wood and water.
Therefore, many famous Katana Masters such as Osahune were produced.  


 Another area    There have been many blacksmiths throughout Japan since ancient times.
They were always in each village, producing and repairing knives for the people who lived there.
There are few blacksmiths left so far, but there are forging methods developed independently depending on the area. 


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