In this three-day advanced course, students will apply skills learned in the 100- and 200-level courses and further their experience and understanding through the process of forge welding.
Hands-on techniques will include:
• Selection of steel specific to Kuro-uchi style knives
• Forge maintenance
• Lamination techniques
• Forge welding
• Forging to final thickness
• Traditional annealing techniques
• Scale removal
• Cold forging
• Attaching handles
• Sharpening and hand-sanding to completion
Lecture topics will include:
• Overview of Different Types of Traditional Japanese Cutlery
• The Philosophy of Japanese Metallurgy
• The Five Criteria for Superior Cutlery
• Expose on Laminates vs. Homogenous Steel Blades
• Advanced blade sharpening and maintenance
• Regional Variation in Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing
• Man-made Sharpening Stones vs. Natural Stones
• Pronunciation of Japanese Blade Related terminology
• Slide show presentation of bladesmithing in Japan
Prerequisite courses -- Any one of the following: 101, 102, 201, 202.
Travel and lodging are at the student's expense.