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Make your own Japanese knife

At a century-old smith's unveil the secrets of Japanese blades

At Sadamasa, a local smith's specialized in farming and house tools, they keep making blades by hand. The crasman forges his knives, made from hard steel with a backbone of so iron, relying solely on his experience, his bare eyes and ears. Under his guide, over the course of two days, you will learn what makes Japanese blacksmithing so special and experience making a knife from scratch with your own hands. You'll bring home a one-of-a-kind souvenir from Japan.


Japanese blacksmithing is famous all over the world thanks to katana, the samurai blades. Swords are not in use anymore, but their lethal beauty and unmatched sharpness can still be found in traditional Japanese kitchen knives which are harder, lighter and sharper than their western counterparts.


〜 Why choose this activity 〜

- The powerful atmosphere pervading the workshop: the old-fashioned machinery, the instruments and the walls covered with a thick black coating bear testimony to years of work at the forge.
- You can observe up-close a real blacksmith's technique.
- You can participate in the making of your own blade

PeriodAll year  
7 days prior the date of the activity
Duration3h×2 days
CapacityMax. 3 persons Min. 1 person
*Children 13 years old and above can participate in this activity if accompanied by an adult
Price- 1 person x 1 knife/person24,000 JPY (tax excl.)
- 2 people x 1 knife/group28,000 JPY (tax excl.)
- Included in the price:Knife, Activity fee, Insurance, English-speaking guide
- Payment methodPaypal
- Cancellation policyfrom 7 days prior to activity day : 30%
from 3 days prior to activity day : 50%
1 day before the activity day : 70%
the activity day : 100%
Access
ScheduleDAY 1
8 : 30Meet at JR Chino Station with guide
9 : 00Arrival at Sadamasa- Tour begins Brief introduction about Japanese knives
9 : 40Move to the workshop
Knife making experience (part 1)
Our smith will guide you through the process of forging, polishing, quenching etc.
11 : 40Back to the shop
Small tour of the various blades forged at the smithy.
12 : 00Activity ends for the day
DAY 2
9 : 00Arrival at Sadamasa -Tour begins
9 : 10Move to the workshop
Knife making (part 2)
Our smith will guide you through the process of putting an edge to the blade, sharpening etc.
11 : 30The knife is complete!
11 : 40Visit to the storehouse
12 : 00Activity ends
Reservation E-mail us at ask8@chinotabi.jp

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