Swordsmith Workshop “What am I?” Quiz
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What am I? -- Pierre Nadeau's Smithy -- Aridagawa, Wakayama, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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What am I?

I was hoping to post by now about last week's visit to a traditional Japanese swordsmith, but I've been down with a cold for the last three days. Unfun. So, here's a “What am I?” quiz to pass the time... what is this implement from the swordsmith's workshop for?


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That looks like a tool that is used to shape and grinding wheels. Crikey, I have no idea what its proper name is though.

— comment by Andy Henry on May 16th, 2011 at 8:54pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I think I know,
I don’t know the english word for it but is used to make a kind of patern ( grid) on a surface and most of the time it is used on a lathe.

— comment by Erik Tieltjes on May 16th, 2011 at 9:22pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I think it’s a thingummy for re-surfacing a grindstone. I may even have one somewhere.

— comment by Peter in Wales on May 16th, 2011 at 10:45pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I don’t believe it’s for burnishing. Possibly used for putting in background to a design, or to smooth or round out a curved surface. (Are there even curved surfaces in a sword?)

— comment by Grandma Friedl in Ohio, USA on May 16th, 2011 at 10:51pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

This is a tool that is used to dress stone wheels. By keeping the grinding wheel flat you can achieve better sharpening of the metal.

— comment by Scott - Ottawa, Canada on May 17th, 2011 at 1:05am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Used for providing tension when stitching baseballs

— comment by Tom on May 17th, 2011 at 5:12am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Dad thinks it’s a stone-dresser, and now that I think of it, I believe it is.

— comment by Grandma Friedl in Ohio, USA on May 17th, 2011 at 6:25am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

That is a grinding wheel dressing tool

— comment by harley130 on May 17th, 2011 at 6:29am JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

The answer is given on this post.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on May 18th, 2011 at 7:40pm JST (6 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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