100 thoughts on “Japanese Knife & Sword City: Seki Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

  1. The 2019 SEKI HAMONO MATSURI is scheduled to be held on OCTOBER 12 (SAT) & 13 (SUN). Definitely check it out: http://seki-hamono.jp/ is the website. Thanks for watching the video and please subscribe for more info on Japan. Really appreciate it!! -john

  2. I know I'm really late. But please know that there is no longer such a thing as Damascus steel. Not one person on the planet has been able to recreate it. That being said; Damascus steel is not the best steel ever created. It just sounds and looks cool. For its time, it was a great thing. But with modern advancements in manufacturing and refining techniques, better blades and metals can be produced.
    What you are seeing here is something called pattern welding. I'm not knowledgeable enough on this topic, but other just looks, I think it is utilized to protect the rock hard steel core with softer more resilient exteriors that are less likely to corrode etc.
    But, I could be wrong on that last bit.

  3. Wootz steel is quite different than pattern-welded "damascus". If editing that out of the video caption is too hard, you should at least note the error in the description.
    That aside, great video!

  4. Hi, I will be going to Japan for a vacation later this year and I am really hoping to purchase a real katana! What is the process on getting the sword back to the United States and are there any cheaper than the 4000-6000 that you mentioned in your video?? Awesome and very informative video though!

  5. ¥23,000 for one knife is a tad steep. I think our entire set of steak knives at home cost like $300 (around ¥30,000)

  6. I have a Japanese knife just a little smaller than yours, and it cost $175. I bought it at a store in D.C. where all they had were imported Japanese blades. It was heaven.

  7. If the pattern is "etched" using the acid technique, then you can't say that's real damascus steel or even if it has a real "hamon" (the fuzzy edge pattern) because those patterns are actual effects of the manufacturing process (folding, differential hardening, etc) rather than designs. I was very obvious that the patterns were for design only when the knife is in closeup, the edge looked thicker than the rest of the blade indicating that the patterns were literally etched out of the blade. Real hamon edges or damascus steel will have a very even surface reflection off them.

  8. Japanese traditional steel is not as good as European spring steel. It was just innovative using what they had at the time.

  9. The damascus pattern has nothing to do with sharpnes. It is only for estetic quality. The most important thing is that the steel the edge holds (hagane) is of good quality and hard, and that the outer steel (jigane) is softer so that it is more robust and less expensive.

  10. Their was so many different types of knives for preparing food. How do you know what type of knifes to get as a starter sets?

  11. I just bought a new chef’s knife. It was made in Seki City by a manufacturer named Miyabi. But it was commissioned by their German parent company, Zwilling J.A. Henckels. And it was made to the specifications of an American Master Bladesmith, Bob Kramer. It’s not a stainless steel Damascus but instead, a humble high carbon steel. But I love it. Thanks for your video. It was very entertaining. And the little history lesson of the city was insightful.

  12. You said something interesting at 9:40. Japanese could not melt steel back in the days. That is why their steel was full of impurities and why they had to bend the steel many times.

    Europeans had better metalurgic technology.

    I could also point out that the katana is heavy, it requires 2 hands to weild (so you cannot have a shield), it doesnt have a guard, it is terrible for trusting and that the 15th and 16th century european armor was completely immuned to slashing weapons.

    Yeah, european swords are superior in everyway. But katanas make a nice decoration on the wall =P

  13. ONLY IN JAPAN!!!! that's racist im triggered or something… " I would never dream of buying 180 dollar knife" 10 minutes later spends 200 on beef cut dinner .. lol

  14. Going to Japan for a month in 2020. Your videos are informative, entertaining and extrtemely well done. I'm learning alot. By the way…Congratulations! Your bride is beautiful and you're a very lucky man.

  15. I may need these 😂. Once I was chopping some vegetables and the knife came loose and just flew out right near my face. I was scared for life , didn’t go anywhere near the kitchen for a week.

  16. I love your videos but one criticism, can you not put the coming up boxes on screen please, it’s really distracting and seeing as this is a short video I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s like those annoying commercials I used to see when I lived in Canada showing up coming shows just as the one your watching starts! Thanks for the great videos. I loved my time in Japan, this brings back happy memories.

  17. Damascus = pattern welded, yes. = wootz, NO. Wootz is a crucibel steel, that’s something completely different.
    The patterns are also quite different on both.

  18. Here 6:09
    … is your typical mass consumerist mentality that makes people believe high quality products have to be cheap! Time, work, high quality raw materials and tight QC, they all have their price! 100 to 200 €, £ or $ are absolutely normal for a high end chef knife that will maintain its basic sharpness for weeks, is balanced, sturdy and will withstand literally decades of hard use.

  19. $180 for handmade knife is cheap. Culinary knives made by custom makers can reach $3000 easy, but average $700-800. I make kitchen knives as a full time job. Monolith Knives in USA.

  20. Oh I missed it. Added in my itinerary for my next trip.

    I did buy knives from Tokyo Kitchen Street… Cost was similiar to what you paid. Generic purpose knife.

  21. Japanese knife is the best 😁👍 I have one set (3) Kamikoto , but I like it the one you got 👍

  22. Wootz steel is a lost art, it is created as one piece from ore!!! It is not welded….welded is just Damascus.

  23. ダマスカスは一本持ってるけど

  24. Sy mintak pisaunya yg untuk potong daging yg kecil saja. Bambang Setyo p. Alamat perum wisma permai regensi blok. AA 14 waru sidoarjo.jawa tomutp Indonesia

  25. I coul tell stories why there is NO best steel and why modern steel like AUS 8A or other kinds is "the best". Tamahagne can be forged into incredible sharp steel, but block something with it and it relatively easy breaks. They did not use metal armor in japan, so….. Its like comparing hammers and sickles for gods sake. You could kill with boths, but they have a different purpose or for that matter fighting style involved. For gods sake THEY make their knifes from damascene steele it seems. Reasons.

  26. Cool vid! The pop up Factoid is incorrect regarding Damascus and Wootz steel however. Not the same thing. Damascus, or folded steel, as the Japanese do it is a pattern welding process – several individual pieces of metal pounded together with pressure and while very hot. Wootz is the lost forging tech where a crucible steel (melted into a liquid, it's then ONE piece) is made into steel that is super strong at the edge and very flexible – and without quenching. Wootz != Damascus.

  27. That is a beautiful knife, but it hurt my soul to watch you cut your steak over a plate instead of a cutting board.

  28. I want to purchase a knive from Japan when I go in August. Do you think if tsa will confiscate when back to the US?

  29. I want demonic black straight katana forget and crafted using marihuana instead of rice in certain traditional procedures….

  30. I have seen a lot things in my life, but never seen someone bring a santoku knife to a restaurant and use it to cut meat on a glass surface.

  31. John, I have a question for you about purchasing knives from this event. I remember a video that you did explaining the size of knives that you're allowed to carry around with you. I know that I may be making a mountain out of a mole hill, but I just wanted to get some clarification on this works with the items that you showed off in this video. 🙂

  32. Click bait spam. That knife is mass produced. Not collector quality or hand forged.. This video is an ad and the actor is a just a product pimp.

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