The Art of Forging Japanese Knives

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to learn nearly anything. From YouTube to online college courses to a multitude of sites dedicated to specific disciplines, there is almost nothing a dedicated person couldn't learn to do. But something that can't be taught via computer is the connection between teacher and student. Kosaku Matsumura has spent a lifetime forging knives by hand in the traditional Japanese style. For the first time and nearly at the end of his career, Matsumura took on an apprentice — passing his rapidly disappearing skills to a new generation.

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