In this three-day course, students will enjoy a perfect balance of hands-on involvement as well as lecture topics. Upon completion of the course, students will have designed and completed their own personal camp knife and have an intermediate understanding of the blade forging and finishing process.
Hands-on techniques will include:
• Selection of steel
• Forge maintenance
• Forging to final thickness
• Traditional annealing techniques
• Scale removal
• Cold forging
• Introductory grinding techniques
• Low temperature silver soldering
• Introductory polishing techniques
• Attaching handles
• Hand sanding to completion
• Kydex Sheath Making
Lecture topics will include:
• The Philosophy of Japanese Metallurgy
• The Five Criteria for Superior Cutlery
• Expose on Laminates vs. Homogenous Steel Blades
• Practical Parameters of Cutlery Design
• Slide show presentation of bladesmithing in Japan.
Travel and lodging are at the student's expense.