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  • Jonathon Jonathon

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I have always had a fascination with the art of Japanese sword-making and am grateful for being able to experience it first-hand. Taro is a true master and excellent teacher! Having the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into just how much time it can take not only to perfect the art but also to craft each individual piece - and to craft my own knife is something I will never forget.
    Beautifully prepared lunch and warm hospitality made me feel very welcom and at home. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Japan!

  • Dwayne Dwayne

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! Taro and his group are welcoming, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful.

    In this course, you'll learn about traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques, learn about the tools, chat with some honestly cool people, and, of course, make a cool knife that you get to take home.

    Make no mistake, blacksmithing is not easy and you have to have real expectations. You're not walking out with a fully honed and polished katana. That takes a month for an expert.

    Thank you to Taro and his team for a fantastic experience. I will never forget it.

  • John John

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I went on a day where it was just me. Taro and his wife were extremely kind to me, and I also LOVED their own dynamic too. They were one of the cutest pairs I've seen in a long while haha. Both would ask me questions about my trip in Japan as well as where I stayed in the US, yet they were still able to be clear in their instruction and helped me make my knife! It was really fun to get to know them, as well as coming out of this experience knowing a bit more about forging and sharpening knives!

    I would DEFINITELY recommend this for anyone in Japan; it was definitely one of my favorite things I've done there.

  • Tamsin Tamsin

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This was truly the most fun we had in our 10 days in Japan. We came from Kyoto - which was just 30 minutes on the train. My 13 year old son and I spent the day learning about and making the most beautiful knives. Seeing how much work it takes - makes you appreciate the ease with which we buy things these days; making our own knives showed us how much skill it takes to do it well (and the sweat equity it requires!) and finally - the finished products are SO fab. We have used them every day on our return to the US!

  • Erick Erick

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! Taro-san is so welcoming and has so much passion for what he does. the workshop is informative fun and very enlightening. if you appreciate Japanese blades and want to see Japanese culture from a passionate master-swordsmith who truly loves what he does and answers all of your questions with utmost thoughtfulness and heart then go and experience this with the best.
    Thank you so very much Taro-san for welcoming me into your home and teaching me how to create a knife that i will always value. you are an excellent teacher and the workshop is the most memorable experience i have of my trip to Japan. Thank you and your wife Rika-san, so much. Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu!