Participate in America's only traditional Japanese bladesmithing school, located in Hillsboro, Oregon. You will learn how to create custom-made cutlery according to traditional techniques, and you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the “how’s and why's” of Japanese methods of cutlery production. Each course will consist of both hands-on bladesmithing and classroom lectures covering numerous aspects of traditional Japanese bladesmithing including:
• Steel Selection
• Forge Maintenance
• Lamination Techniques
• Forge Welding
• Forging Final Thickness
• Traditional Heat Treating
• Grinding, Polishing, and Sharpening
• Attaching Handles
• Sheath Making
• Philosophy of Japanese Metallurgy
• Criteria for Superior Cutlery
• Proper Blade Maintenance
To make sure I am able to pass on to you the legendary skills of the traditional Japanese bladesmith, the class will be limited to ONLY four participants.
All the skills and secrets that I will share with you took me over 26 years to acquire, including working as a village bladesmith in Japan. It is the culmination of having made more than 18,000 knives and sharpening more than 80,000 blades! Some aspiring knifemakers spend thousands of dollars on a short trip to Japan in order to study there, only to find their lack of fluent Japanese a barrier to true understanding of the craft. I struggled and studied hard and finally mastered the language, enabling me to understand the subtleties of their ancient bladesmithing art. Nobody else on this continent could truly teach you what I will teach you during this week together.