Springhammer - is about Japanese blacksmiths who dedicate their lives to making culinary knives [it's also the actual mechanical tool used by the blacksmiths]. At the end of WWII, Japan was faced with a burdensome repurposing of many industries, and with military swords no longer in demand despite a tradition carried on since the samurai, the industry turned to the kitchen. Craftsmen, now applying ancient trade skills of blade making to cookery, go largely unnoticed by their countrymen, and have to find a new place in the world for their craft. Thankfully, the world seems to be starting to listen.
Springhammer II - was created based on popular demand and the reception of Springhammer. This documentary gets into the nitty-gritty of knife-making and follows the blacksmiths from start to finish as they craft high-performance kitchen knives. Each blacksmith brings different opinions and techniques to the table that form the bigger picture of modern Japanese knife-making. Springhammer II will teach you about the steels, tools, steps and finishing touches that these folks follow to make the best kitchen knives in the world.
Video snippets of the different Blacksmiths featured below and browse their work.