Forged in Fire

Artillery Shell Knives
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2018 / January

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.

 

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砲彈鋼刀

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蕞爾金門島歷經「823砲戰」近百萬發砲彈的攻擊,島上遺留了無數的彈殼。金合利的吳增棟師傅利用當年戰爭的砲彈碎片,數十年如一日地打造一把把鋒利的鋼刀,成為今日豐富佳餚的廚刀。

鋼槌千鈞、火光交錯之際,恍若當年砲戰的激烈景況。

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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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