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.
In this class students will participate in first the forge-welding of wire rope, a bundle of steel cables, and then forge-fold these cable billets multiple times. 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, 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.
All tools, fuel, and material included.
The price of the course is $1450 and is limited to four students per session. A deposit of $450 is requested, refundable up to 60 days before the session begins.