Tag: nata

  • Hon-Yaki Field Nata

    Hon-Yaki Field Nata

    Nata come in various sizes and shapes, but most do the work of a light brush hatchet or heavy camp knife. Common characteristics include thick spines and heavy blades, often with single beveled edges similar to Japanese wood chisels. The hand forged blade features swordsmith style hon-yaki water quench edge hardening rather than a thin…

  • Japan Photo Essay: Antique Nata

    Japan Photo Essay: Antique Nata

    This antique nata is in the permanent collection at Soulsmithing and is a lovely example of original handcraft from Japan. This photo essay will reveal some of the beautiful details of this tool for study and appreciation. Nata (屶, “mountain sword”, or 鉈) come in many sizes and shapes, but most fit the description of…

  • Case Study: Making a Hon-Yaki Nata

    Case Study: Making a Hon-Yaki Nata

    Nata (屶, directly translated “mountain sword”, or 鉈) come in various sizes and shapes, but the type most familiar in the west does the duty of a light brush hatchet or heavy camp knife. Common characteristics include thick spines and heavy blades, often with single beveled edges similar to Japanese wood chisels. This type work…

  • Antique Japanese Farming Tools

    Antique Japanese Farming Tools

    Interesting tools used to manage a rice field and a mountain forest in the Japanese countryside. I have the privilege of being able to help out from time to time on the family farm. When we are in town, I enjoy hunting through the workshop and barn to see what old tools can be found…

  • Sharpening a Nata (variation of a Japanese brush knife)