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to work metals
Kanji 2119

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Synopsis

Find out how far back the Japanese craved metal and see how acquiring it changed society, enabling people to have weapons, tools, coins, bells, sewn clothes, and even sacred mirrors. Learn to talk about metal experts, from blacksmiths and swordsmiths to metallurgists and those who separate metal from ore. Also discover why there are wavy patterns on Japanese sword blades.

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Cover of essay 2119 on 冶 (to work metals) titled "The Smiths"
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