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302 - Forge Welding and Completion of a Damascus Steel Knife


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In this comprehensive 5-day course, the students will gain mastery over several very important bladesmithing skills and complete their own Damascus steel knife. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a very comprehensive understanding of Japanese bladesmithing and be able to independently forge knives.

Hands-on techniques will include:

• Selection of steel specific to
• Damascus steel knives
• Forge maintenance
• Lamination techniques
• Forge welding
• Traditional annealing techniques
• Scale removal
• Cold forging
• Straightening
• Quenching
• Tempering
• Grinding
• Polishing
• Acid etching
• Low-temperature silver soldering
• Attaching handles
• Sharpening
• Hand-sanding to completion
• Construction of a leather sheath

Lecture topics will include:

• The Philosophy of Japanese Metallurgy
• The Five Criteria for Superior Cutlery
• Expose on Laminates vs. Homogenous Steel Blades
• Advanced blade sharpening and maintenance
• Man-made Sharpening Stones vs. Natural Stones
• Pronunciation of Japanese Blade Related Terminology
• Slide show presentation of bladesmithing in Japan

Prerequisite to this course are any one of the following: 101, 102, 201, 202, 500.

Travel and lodging are at the student's expense.

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