Making Maestro Wu Bombshell Steel Knives / 金合利鋼刀 金寧廠 at the main factory / store. Maestro Wu’s grandfather started the tradition of using bombshell steel in the early days of WWII, where the small (now) Taiwanese island of Kinmen had little steel for the production of knives and tools. He combed the beach in search of shrapnel, using it to forge high quality knives and tools with the forge that he carried on his back from village to village. On August 23, 1958, the Second Taiwan Straight Crisis started, with Mainland Chinese troops bombarding Kinmen for 2 weeks straight with over 400,000 shells. Taiwan retained control of the island, and for the next 18 years, propaganda shells were fired every other day. There was an estimated 1 million shells in all that were used, with the majority of them unexploded. Ironically, this has provided the very materials which have lasted well into its third generation of Maestro Wu knife making.
A blacksmith in Kinmen generally produces 60 cleavers or Kinmen knifes / 金門菜刀 from one artillery shell and tourists often purchase Kinmen knives as souvenirs together with other local specialties.
MAESTROWU (Tourism Factory)
No.236, Sec. 1, Boyu Rd., Jinning Township, Kinmen County 892, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
MAESTROWU (Jincheng Factory)
No.50-54, Sec. 1, Boyu Rd., Jinning Township, Kinmen County 892, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
No.141, Zhongxing Rd., Jincheng Township, Kinmen County 893, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
MAESTROWU (Command Headquarters Store)
No.51, Wujiang Rd., Jincheng Township, Kinmen County 893, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
MAESTROWU (Mofan Street Store)
No.21, Mofan St., Jincheng Township, Kinmen County 893, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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