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Japanese knife making

From ¥25,200 ¥12,600

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Details

Take a step back in time and off the road most travelled in Okuizumo; a charming rural town with a long history of iron making. Experience ancient blacksmithing and bladesmithing techniques in an inviting atmosphere. Create a Japanese all purpose knife with the guidance of a master blacksmith who has dedicated his life to the creation of tools too numerous to count. Be amazed as he walks you through the process of shaping a block of metal into a knife and forging your very own personalised knife. Have your name inscribed on the blade itself and take home a momento that will always remind you of an experience that connects you with local people and traditional Japanese crafts.

Highlights

•Work with a dedicated knife-making master with more than 65years of experience (68years to be exact).
•Create your own one-of-a-kind knife with your name inscribed on it.
•Visit a very real and daily used forge and learn ancient knife-making techniques to transform a block of metal into a useful kitchen tool.
•Exeperience life at a different pace in rural Japan and see the small town atmosphere come to life right in front of your eyes.

Schedule

Begin your experience with a talk from the master craftsman. Learn about the process of creating your knife and hear first hand what is in store for the day.

•Step 1: listen to talk find out about the flow of the experience and put on an apron.
•Step 2: choose metal to work with and and start crafting the knife from the blade.
•Step 3: stretch and forge the blade into the desired shape through heating and hammering.
•Step 4: watch the blade get sharpened and see the timelessly perfected techniques of a master at work.
•Step 5: attach the handle to your freshly made and flawlessly sharpened blade.
•Step 6: have the blade inscribed with your name or any easily writeable inscription.

What's included

Knife-making experience with a universal knife to take home.

Health and safety measures

Wear enclosed footwear

Min/Max Number of participant

Min 1/ Max 3

Duration

2-3 hours

Time

9:30~ or 13:30~

Price (tax incl.)

•1 Guest ¥25,200 ¥12,600
•2 Guests ¥43,200 ¥21,600

Cancellation policy

Full refund 8 days prior to your tour, excluding a 5% transaction fee.
* Must be made 8 full days prior to 12:00 AM (JST), the day of your scheduled tour. For example, if your tour is scheduled for Friday, cancel before Friday of the previous week for a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.

If you cancel within 7 days, our cancellation charges (incl.5% transaction fee) are as follows:
•4-7 days prior:15%
•3 days prior:25%
•2 days prior:35%
•The day prior:55%
•On the day :100%
•No show:100%

Other

•Wearing clothes that you don't mind getting dirty is preferable. There is a minor possibility that clothes could get smudged.
•Please wear suitable attire for phyiscal work.
•In summer the workshop can heat up, please be aware of the temperature and bring drinks and dress accordingly.

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