The blacksmith industry in the Banshu region, which was back then known as Harima, was said to have started as early as in the sixteenth century. By 1532, a type of steel called Chigusa-hagane was developed in the region, which indicates that the region was already home to a bustling blacksmith industry. Chigusa-hagane later became tama-hagane, a type of steel that is famously known for being used to make a katana, or Japanese sword. The technic of making hagane (steel that is used for blades) had spread from the Banshu region to the other parts of Japan. Some of those other regions are still known for making blades today.
Each piece of Banshu Hamono is meticulously handmade by skilled craftsmen. By sharpening regularly, it can be used for a long time.
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