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  • Cerra Cerra

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I'll just start by saying wow.

    This was one of the most fun things I've ever done, it was difficult, but incredibly rewarding. Taro is a great teacher- he takes you through the history and process before starting you very slowly. He explains everything thoroughly, and offers great tips. Working so closely with him was a pleasure (The lunch his wife cooks is also delicious)!

    You get to work with raw materials, as well as use his forge that is 100 years old. He's very steeped in the traditions and knowledgable.

    He works closely with you to achieve whatever look of knife you want to make. They take photos of you and print them to take with you, so you get some cool action shots of hammering.

    At the end you feel really accomplished, also a bit sore, but mostly accomplished. I highly recommend this experience. It's just so freaking interesting, unique and special. It's super freaking cool, my friend and I were both elated we had the chance to do this, and we can't recommend it enough. If you have the chance to do it, I'd do it.

  • Billy Billy

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! There are so few places that provide this type of experience, not just in Japan but all over the world, so I was super excited when I found Taro's page here. I literally booked this before making any arrangements for flight and hotel lol.

    I appreciate being greeted and picked up at the station by Taro san, who was very considerate and even got me coffee before we started the work at the forge (which uses multiple pieces of antique equipment!). I was not disappointed when I walked into the workshop and Taro san was super patient with explaining everything to me, as well as answering the numerous questions I had.

    For any potential visitors, please understand that Taro is a professional Swordsmith, an artisan of an ancient art and technology. The work is highly physical and the risk of injury is there.

    Needless to say, this is not a "tourist thing" but a very special experience that lets you learn about Japan's history, craftsmanship and old way of life in a very personal and physical way.

    I loved it and, given the chance, would visit Taro san again!

    どうもありがとうございました

    Billy

  • Bob Bob

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! We spent a fascinating day with Asano-san, learning about the traditional craft of knife-making at his forge. He deserves to be recognized as a National Treasure.

  • Jo Jo

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This is a must when traveling through Japan. Taro is an amazing teacher & swordsmith. Not only did I learn about the process - I forged my own knife!! Highly knowledgable! I'm planning on doing the bootcamp next year!!

  • Rolf Rolf

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! First, I would like to say to anybody who is considering taking this course; do it, it is definitely worth it. Both my host Taro and his wife Rika are very pleasant persons that made me comfortable from the point they picked me up until they dropped me off at the Shinkansen station. Taro had a strategy for this course that worked well for me; he went through the different stages of the knife making process and explained why and how. He then demonstrated the forging process by using a cheaper piece of steel; that made me feel confident about how to do it. Taro speaks very well English and explains everything thoroughly. I had a fantastic day at his forge.
    Rolf Nilsen, Norway.

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