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Forged in Fire

Artillery Shell Knives

Chuang Kung-ju /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Phil Newell


Kinmen was bombarded with nearly a million artillery shells during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958, leaving countless shell casings strewn across the island. For decades, blacksmith Wu Tseng-dong of the Chin Ho Li Steel Knife Factory has been using shell casing fragments to forge the keen-edged “Maestro Wu” knives that today grace many an expert chef’s kitchen.

The ringing hammer blows and blazing sparks are reminiscent of the intense artillery battles of years ago.

 

鍛錬

金門包丁

文・莊坤儒 写真・莊坤儒 翻訳・山口 雪菜


1958年の八二三砲戦で、小さな金門島には100万発近い砲弾が撃ち込まれた。金合利鋼刀の職人・呉増棟はその無数の砲弾を原料に、切れ味のよい包丁を作り続けてきた。鋼を打つたびに飛び散る火花は、かつての砲戦の激しさを彷彿とさせる。

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