The Makers

郭常喜 Chang-Hsi Kuo

鑄劍師傅 Sword Smith

Kuo Chang Hsi is a sword smith that inherited his father’s business for over 50 years. He built his own firm, Xing Da Knife Shop, in 1990. He receives a grant from National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) and studies the authentic ancient sword-making technique of Chinese multi-layered, veined-steel manufacturing. In 2002, Kuo Chang-Hsi Art Hardware Museum is founded. The museum is evaluated and listed as one of the Craft Houses by National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. He now dedicates his life to preserve ancient sword-making techniques.