Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Fukube Blacksmith
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Ushitsu, Noto Town
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Fukube Blacksmith has been in business since 1908 in Noto Town, where fishing methods such as fixed-net fishing are the main industry. The company produces various types of knives for fishermen, as well as agricultural tools such as sickles and hoes. The blacksmiths still use pine charcoal, for which the temperature can be finely adjusted, in order to accurately control the condition of the steel, and use the traditional techniques. One of their representative products is Noto Makiri, which is a small knife with a 13.5cm-long blade. The tip of the blade is used to cut up fish, and the part close to the handle is used to cut ropes and nets; therefore, it is very popular among fishermen. The knife can also be used for various purposes such as cooking, gardening and collecting wild vegetables. Squid knives used to cut up squid and small fish, and shellfish knives used to open oysters and other kinds of shellfish are also popular. There were around 10 blacksmiths in this area until the 1970’s, but only Fukube Blacksmith remains. The company, which also repairs products, is valued by local residents as an important shop for the agriculture and fishery of Satoyama and Satoumi.
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