A few years ago during our trip to Japan we were fortunate enough to be able to visit high quality Japanese frame manufacturer Sankou Kougaku. We were able to experience many parts of the production process. One of the most fascinating for us was to see the artistry of the workers in the prototype department. These men toiled for hours on single parts of frames at very close range, producing perfectly engineered frames from little chunks of metal. They file and sand for hours to achieve the required result. It’s great to see this craftsmanship still alive and well in Japan.
Check out the photos below to see how close they work.