302 – Forge Welding and Completion of a Damascus Steel Knife

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In this comprehensive six-day course, students will gain mastery over several very important bladesmithing skills and complete their own Damascus steel knife. Upon completion of this course, students 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
  • Lamination techniques
  • Forge maintenance
  • Forge welding
  • Forging to final thickness
  • 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:

  • Overview of different types of traditional Japanese cutlery
  • Philosophy of Japanese metallurgy
  • The five criteria for superior cutlery
  • Expose on laminates vs. homogeneous steel blades
  • Practical parameters of cutlery design
  • Advanced blade sharpening and maintenance
  • Regional variation of traditional Japanese bladesmithing
  • Relative strengths and shortcomings of man-made sharpening stones vs. natural stones
  • Japanese blade-related terminology
  • Slide show of bladesmithing in Japan

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

Classes taught one-on-one unless otherwise negotiated. Travel and lodging are at the student’s expense.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs