July 20-24 Intermediate Tanto Forging Course




About the Course

This course is intended for experienced students who either taken our Basic Forging Course already, or otherwise have had equivalent first-hand blade-smithing experience.

For the 2020 session of this class, we will be forging the sword blades from the tamahagane-type steel made the weekend before the class during our Oroshigane (Steel-making) Seminar from electrolytic-sponge-iron (dekai-tetsu in Japanese) and antique wrought iron.

Students will then hand forge tanto from the folded steel. The blade will then be shaped with grinders and files, and prepared for heat-treatment. Hopefully, after a successful yaki-ire (heat-treatment), we will continue to refine and sharpen the blades, as time allows.

Tanto, having the greatest variety of different styles of blade shape will be the focus of the class. Students will forge a blade of shobu-zukuri, hira-zukuri, osuraku-zukuri, moroha-zukuri, or of another shape and are encouraged to explore a geometry besides the typical shinogi-zukuri. Straight, double-edged blades such ken and yari would also be suitable class projects.

All tools, fuel, and material included.


The price of the course is $1645 and is limited to four students per session. A deposit of $600 is required for reservations, partially refundable as stated in our Refund Policy.

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