SEKI-SIH, Japan (PRWEB) September 28, 2018
Masayuki Otsuka, Director of Make&Hack has announced today that on September 13, 2018 his MUSHA made in Japan brand will present on Kickstarter a new line of fashion bracelets made with Damascus steel and a Japanese traditional craft «Kumihimo». Each bracelet will be truly unique, with no other bracelets from this brand having the exact same design, thanks to the distinctive characteristics of the material used.
One of the unique materials used is Damascus steel, the type of steel well-known worldwide for its use in production of high-end knives, as well as for its distinctive and original patterns that surface when polished.
Another material used is Kumihimo means braids in Japanese, which are strings woven with thin silk threads and cotton threads, with a history of more than 1,000 years.
MUSHA made in Japan is a product brand that was launched in December 2017 in Seki-City of Gifu Prefecture, and has been creating high-quality, innovative products by putting the technologies and materials of the local knife manufacturing industry to non-blade, non-knife purposes.
In fact, one of MUSHA Made in Japan products, MUSHA damascus watch», already has a track record of collecting over 1,200% of goal pledges on crowdfunding sites in and outside Japan, just within 2 months of posting the project page. It collected over 7 million Japanese Yen over 62,000 US dollars as per the exchange rate on July 10, 2018.
Seki City, Gifu Prefecture Mecca of Blade Production, Creating Non-Knife Products
Seki City of Gifu Prefecture, Japan is a worldwide famous capital of blade and knife production, and is also well-known for the production of samurai swords. The artisanship of ancient blade mastery continues on even today.
However, in recent years Seki’s blade and knife making industry has been seeing a drop in revenue due to competition by inexpensive products from overseas. Moreover, the industry has been failing to secure successors of the craftsmanship and heritage, due to a fall in employment rate among the young.
By producing non-knife products with materials that are traditionally used in blade mastery, Make&Hack strives to serve as a catalyst in solving these issues, increasing the potential of Seki City’s blade and knife manufacturing industry, and in attracting an interest from small-to-medium businesses and the young generations to the freedom and wonder they can get from creative manufacturing.
Damascus steel has its roots in ancient Indian wootz steel, and today it is used in producing high-end kitchen knives and luxury knives.
Each and every pattern that surfaces on the steel is different depending on the parts that get sharpened.
This is how the only one «Made in Japan» bracelet is made, by combining Damascus steel of distinctive characteristics and «Kumihimo» that has been used in various scenes including wrapping samurai sword handles.
Product Specifications (Technical Data)
Manufactured in Japan
Bracelet Top: Laminated stainless steel (Damascus steel)
Strap: Kumihimo (strings woven with thin silk threads and cotton threads), paracords
List Prices: Kumihimo Type at JPY 7,000 plus tax; Paracord Type at JPY 5,000 plus tax
Project page on Kickstarter