Forge Your Own Japanese Knife in Gifu
Learn traditional smithing techniques from a true Japanese swordsmith
Come to Asano Kajiya in Gifu Prefecture, where you can take part in a workshop and make a Japanese forging knife under the guidance of a traditional swordsmith. Taro, who teaches the workshop, is a master of his craft, with a certificate from the Japanese government attesting to his skills. He'll be happy to share knowledge with you in English about his works, which have been appreciated both domestically and abroad, as well as the cultural exchange activities he engages in with blacksmiths around the world as part of his effort to share Japanese swordsmith techniques.
Visitors can look forward to a hands-on lesson where Taro will lead you in the time-honored techniques of hammering, trimming and sharpening. The forging process is a time-consuming one, requiring about 7 hours in total, but you'll be rewarded with a unique treasure of your very own to take home the same day. Is it your first time working with metal? Have no fear, as Taro teaches in an patient and easy-to-understand manner perfect for beginners.
There's time to relax as well, as lunch is included in the experience, offering a break where you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know all about your teacher and his craft.
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