"The samurai's katana has long fascinated generations of foreigners — from their astonishing sharpness to the exquisite beauty of the blade itself — and their blacksmiths have been shrouded in mysticism and legends.
Even with the ending of the samurai era and the use of swords in daily Japanese life, the unsurpassed techniques behind their forging is kept alive with modern blades such as kitchen knives.
Experience Japanese blacksmithing in the Sadamasa smithy that has been making blades for over a century!
Join a guide who will take you directly to the workshop where you will meet the local smith. First, he will introduce the features of Japanese knives before showing you first-hand his incredible techniques in the forge.
After this, have a go at your own knife-forging! Learn polishing, cutting, straightening and heating techniques. An English-speaking guide will be present at all times so that you can ask the smith any question you have in mind.
After undergoing heat treatment, your knife will need a few hours to rest. The next day, you will work on putting an edge to the blade — a delicate procedure that the blacksmith will begin himself.
You will complete your knife by sharpening it with several whetstones and adding a handle to it, so you can take it home, a one-of-a-kind souvenir from Japan."
Sadamasa is small family-run smithy which has forged blades for the locals for about 100 years.
Instead of specializing in a single instrument, they have strived to offer the farmers living in this region a vast array of products. Here you can find kitchen knives, hatchets, sickles and more.
The current smith, Yusuke -the owner’s youngest son-, is still in his 30s. He is quite young but not any less dedicated to his job. When asked how much experience you need to accumulate before you can be considered a good smith, without fail he replies:
“Experience alone is not enough, you also need the perseverance. It doesn’t matter how many knives I have made already, every time I sit at the forge I think on how to make an even better one; what I can do to improve the sharpness, the hardness and the balance. Every day is a new challenge.”
Founded in Taisho year 9 (1920), Sadamasa is a family-run smithy specialized in farming and house tools.
|Period||From April to November (Basically run only once a month, on weekdays)|
|Duration||3h × 2 days|
8 : 30
9 : 00
|No. of participants||Min. 1 person Max. 3 persons *Children 13 years old and above can participate in this activity if accompanied by an adult.|
|Price||/ person||1 Person Making 1 Knife JPY 28,000 (tax excl.)/ person
2 Persons Making 1 Knife JPY 39,000 (tax excl.)/ group.
|Included in the price||1 knife, Activity, English-speaking guide, Insurance|
|Payment method||Credit Card|
|Cancellation policy||from 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||15min on foot from JR Chino Station A guide will meet you at the station and take you directly to the blacksmith's workshop.|
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