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From samurai armor to rocket parts, Kanamori Alloy makes it all

Japanese company with 300-year history is still learning new tricks

Kanamori Alloy's "kenzan" floral stands are made from a copper alloy with antibacterial properties that help flowers stay fresh longer.

KANAZAWA, Japan -- Kanamori Alloy makes aluminum and copper products using traditional sand casting technology. The company, based in Kanazawa on the Sea of Japan coast, has a reputation for craftsmanship built over more than 300 years, fashioning everything from samurai armor to components for Japan's H-IIA rocket.

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